The COVID-19 pandemic has stopped the auto industry in its tracks, canceling debuts and auto shows, and sending workers home as production facilities suspend operation. Now, it looks as though the release of a future variant of the C8 Corvette has been delayed as well.
As tipped in a recent post from The Detroit News, the upcoming mid-cycle updates for General Motors’ vehicle lineup has been pushed back to the 2021 calendar as a result of disruptions incurred during the novel coronavirus pandemic. That includes “a future variant of the Chevrolet Corvette that was not slotted for 2020,” according to the report.
As we’ve covered previously, the C8 Corvette Z06 will come with a naturally aspirated DOHC 5.5L flat-plane crank V8, as previewed in the new Corvette C8.R race car. Output will be set at around 650 horsepower. The new Z06 will also sport a massive rear wing, sharper suspension, and bigger brakes.
Meanwhile, the C8 Corvette E-Ray will sport a plug-in hybrid powertrain for greater performance and even extra fuel economy. Up front, the E-Ray will get an electric drive unit tossing down about 100 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque, while behind the cabin, the C8’s familiar 6.2L LT2 V8 gas engine will make 490 horsepower. Total output is estimated in the 600-horsepower range.
In addition to delays for a future variant of the C8 Corvette, the COVID-19 pandemic has also delayed the redesign and refresh of several other 2021 GM models. As we covered previously, this includes the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, the Cadillac XT4, Chevrolet Traverse, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Bolt EV, and Chevrolet Camaro.