building at record levels for the debut of the 2020 Corvette C8 on July 18th, and while we’re still waiting for the big reveal for all the official specs, these latest prototype shots reveal something we haven’t seen before: the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette’s production headlamps enabled.
Previously, shots of the 2020 Corvette C8 revealed either placeholder headlamps, or production lights that were hidden under extensive camouflage and not turned on. Hence, this is our best look yet at the new model’s eyeballs.
The 2020 Corvette headlights have a very technical appearance, with an all-LED cluster and a slick blue tint, lending the front fascia an almost exotic flavor that does well to complement the model’s exterior styling and proportions. Alongside the C8’s wide, low stance and sharp angles, the LED headlamps seem like a perfect fit. Unfortunately, the housings are still a little obscured by camouflage in these pictures, but their internal structure is more obvious with the lighting elements activated.
The all-LED headlamp cluster in the 2020 Corvette C8 is a significant upgrade over the outgoing C7 Corvette’s headlamps. The C7 comes equipped with standard High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Xenon lighting elements and LED parking lights, plus LED turn signals. Whereas Xenon lights operate similarly to traditional halogen lights, replacing the halogen filament with xenon gas to produce light, LEDs utilize a light-emitting diode. As a result, LED lights tend to offer improved lighting, a longer operating life, and less energy consumption.
As a reminder, the 2020 Corvette C8 will introduce a mid-mounted engine, as opposed to the front-mounted engine of the previous seven generations of the Corvette. We’re still waiting on Chevrolet for confirmation, but it’s believed the 2020 Corvette C8 will come with a number of engine configuration options, including a new version of the GM Small Block V8. Other possibilities include a new high-output DOHC V8 and a hybridized powertrain.