General Motors and Chevrolet finally let the public in on a very poorly kept secret. The automaker and brand announced that the 2020 mid-engine C8 Corvette will debut on July 18 this year, effectively stamping an official date for a highly anticipated car.
These are exciting times, no?
Maybe. Believe it or not, rumors and speculation about the eighth-generation Corvette date back to 2014. It’s been five years since we jumped aboard the hype wagon, and perhaps it’s been far too long. I like to call it Toyota Supra syndrome. What I mean by that is the mid-engine Corvette has been outed so often, spotted so much in the wild, and seen so much information leak about the car that putting a hypothetical gauge on the excitement produces ho-hum results.
Let’s recap what’s spilled out about the mid-engine C8 Corvette in five years very briefly. We have potential names such as the “Zora” nameplate to honor the father of Corvettes. We’ve heard about powertrains ranging from an upgraded LT1 V8 engine (potentially called the LT2 with 500 horsepower) to a 1,000-horsepower hybrid Corvette with all-wheel drive. We’ve seen purported body panels, rumored badges, and more spy photos of the car testing than I can even recall.
A similar situation unfolded with the reborn Toyota Supra. By the time enthusiastic Japanese executives unveiled the new sports car at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, it felt like we already knew the crux of things and had a pretty good idea of what the car would look like. The excitement was gone.
Contrast the never-ending hype building with another mid-engine supercar: the Ford GT. Very few people knew of Ford’s plans to re-introduce its banner supercar, and frankly, it was refreshing to view the car unspoiled four years ago in Detroit.
I’m certainly not saying the mid-engine C8 Corvette isn’t exciting, there’s no doubt it will carry the torch as a supercar killer on a budget. Corvette engineers have been doing that for decades. However, I’m ready to pull the cord and exit the hype train. Here’s hoping Chevrolet can keep a few things secret ahead of the big reveal.