Now that the all-new 2020 Corvette C8 has officially made its big debut, all those rumors we’ve collected over the past years are finally being put to the test. One of of the rumors, like the one that Chevrolet would offer the Corvette C8 in a right-hand drive version, turned out to be true, while others, like the one about a surprise debut for the C8 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, not so much. And now, we know that GM never intended to produce the all-new C8 alongside the outgoing Corvette C7.
During the July 18th debut of the 2020 Corvette in Tustin, California, we asked GM President, Mark Reuss, if GM ever considered simultaneous production of the C8 and C7. Reuss responded by saying, “That wasn’t something that we planned. This [mid-engine Corvette C8] was always the replacement.”
This is particularly noteworthy as it demonstrates that GM had always intended the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette to completely replace the outgoing Corvette C7, rather than create a separate sub-family of Corvette models, as was rumored in the months leading up to the C8’s reveal.
While we’re still on the fence as to whether or not the new 2020 Corvette will be as much of a commercial success as the C7 when it comes to sales over the long haul, Chevy seems committed to offering its most famous sports car nameplate exclusively with a mid-engine configuration going forward, making the C7 last-ever front-engined Corvette ever produced.
For many, the hype of the new 2020 Corvette C8 will stay strong well after the first examples start rolling into dealers, and memories of the C7 won’t be twinged with a sense of longing for “the way things used to be.” We certainly hope that’s the case for the majority, and that the tidal wave of support for the C8 we’re seeing since the car’s debut can translate to actual sales figures.