The National Corvette Museum Bash welcomed a widely expected visitor this past weekend: the mid-engine C8 Corvette. Video from the event has made its way to YouTube, which gives us a good look of the car in motion.
Crucially, General Motors never parked the car. Thus, fans weren’t able to get up close and personal with the mid-engine C8 Corvette. However, the camouflaged prototype drove around the NCM’s driveway nice and slow to give attendees a decent look at the car. We also hear some engine noise as it pulls away, and there’s (as expected) definitely a V8 engine mounted in the middle paired with an automatic transmission.
Aside from the appearance, GM didn’t break any news during the Bash. Before the automaker announced the mid-engine C8 Corvette’s debut date for July 8 this summer, it was rumored the sports car would bow at the Bash itself. Still, it was likely a wonderful surprise for Corvette fans to get a look and listen to the car ahead of its debut in a few months.
Although rumors have persisted, we still don’t have concrete details about what to expect from the most revolutionary Corvette ever. We expect a base V8 engine, possibly an upgraded LT1 V8 called the LT2, to serve entry-level models. From there, a handful of turbocharged V8 engines are rumored, and even a hybrid model. The hybrid model is rumored to pack as much as 1,000 horsepower and include an all-wheel-drive system, thanks to an electric motor up front.
GM most recently confirmed it would add a second shift with 400 new jobs to the Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant for pent-up demand for the new sports car. C7 Corvette sales have fallen flat in recent years, likely as anticipation builds for the next-generation car.