It seems all but inevitable we will be graced with a mid-engine C8 Corvette this year, according to numerous reports and our own sources. However, one dealer has taken a further step and begun taking deposits for the new sports car.
Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has opened a purchase list for would-be owners to reserve their own mid-engine C8 Corvette when they become available. The dealer, which claims it’s the biggest dealer in the U.S. for Corvette sales, requires a $1,000 deposit to add one’s name to the purchase list.
Once Chevrolet reveals final pricing for the car, either at the reveal or sometime after, those on the purchase list will be first to receive a buyer’s order. The documents will have customers fill out and specify a car to their liking. At that time, those on the purchase list can choose to refund their $1,000 deposit and not go through with the sale. If he or she continues, they will need to place another 5 percent of the purchase price down to receive their car before others. After that, the buyer’s order is signed and the $1,000 plus the 5 percent down is no longer refundable.
The dealer added it may have special accommodations for those who want to trade in another car.
Originally, it was thought the 2019 North American International Auto Show would play host to the mid-engine C8 Corvette’s debut. However, GM Authority learned the car has been plagued with electrical issues that delayed the car roughly six months. Now, we expect to see the car debut at a standalone event this summer, maybe as early as May.
Details are slim still, but we should see an upgraded 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine sitting in the middle of the base model, while DOHC V8s come shortly afterward to fill out the sports car’s powertrain portfolio in naturally aspirated and turbocharged guises.