We’re a little more than two months away from the mid-engine C8 Corvette’s debut, but expect Chevrolet to continue dishing out tiny details along the way. The latest bit of information comes from an e-mail invitation sent to media, which the Mid-Engine Corvette Forum published on Tuesday.
In the invite, Chevrolet names Orange County, California, as the location for the mid-engine C8 Corvette‘s debut. The location puts to rest rumors of where the car will debut, though we heard months ago a standalone event was highly likely. The rumors came after the new sports car missed out on a chance to wow the final winter showing of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
As for reasons why Chevrolet and GM chose California, it’s not explicitly clear. However, Orange County is an affluent area with plenty of high-end supercars parked in driveways and garages. It could be Chevrolet wants to take the fight directly into enemy territory with the C8 Corvette’s debut. Other than an educated guess, we can’t speculate any further about the California decision.
The state is home to excellent weather as well, which could give the Corvette team an opportunity to reveal the sports car outdoors. Judging by the shebang GM put on for the sixth-generation Camaro reveal, the C8 Corvette’s debut should be a sight to see.
When the car does debut on July 18, we expect the base model will be the only car in attendance. Look for the car to house an upgraded version of the current 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine, perhaps called the LT2, with about 500 horsepower. Additional variants and powertrains will come after. One of them could be called the “Zora” in a nod to the Corvette’s godfather and famed chief engineer in the 20th century.
Source: Mid-Engine Corvette Forum