Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

General Motors to reveal next-gen Corvette in July

General Motors to reveal next-gen Corvette in July

Chevrolet has released the first official images of its new, 8th-generation Corvette and scheduled its premiere on July 18, 2019.

Leading up to the full reveal in July, Chevrolet will post updates to a dedicated website it launched Thursday. Along with confirming the reveal date, GM has also dropped official photos of the vehicle, confirming it will be a mid-engine auto.

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For starters, it's expected that the base models of the C8 will feature an upgraded version of the 6.2-liter V8 engine now used in the C7 Corvette Stingray.

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Despite the announcement, we don't really know much more about the vehicle. We're just going to wait for the fat lady to sing. Despite his attempts, GM never executed a mid-engine Corvette.

The price tag is expected to go between $60,000 and $70,000. So, it won't be wildly more expensive. The engine will use a version of the existing pushrod 6.2-liter V8 making around 500 horsepower. The Stingray will then be joined by higher-performance variants, including a 5.5-litre flat-plane crankshaft V8 Z06, 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged ZR1 and flagship Zora model that will augment the potent bi-turbo mill with hybrid electrification and produce over 740kW of power.

Finally, we have our fingers crossed for the hybrid version, which will add electric motors to the front wheels, making the auto AWD and boosting power above the four-figure benchmark. It's also been reported that at least some trims will get a dual-clutch automatic transmission to replace the current automatic.

While Chevrolet is keeping mum on any specifications for the next few months, we know plenty about the C8's powertrains and have even seen glimpses of its interior thanks to our intrepid spy photographers.

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