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Corvette C8 Mid Engine
A Brave New Corvette World
The New Performance Standard
What We Know So Far
- Available early 2020
- Starting price, under $60,000
- LT2 engine, with 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque (when equipped with performance exhaust)
- Dry sump oil system standard
- Eight speed dual-clutch transmission
- A configurator for the C8 is available.
Some Pleasant Surprises
- Front suspension lift that raises ground clearance by approximately 40mm at the front bumper in 2.8 seconds, programmable to work automatically through GPS to remember up to 1,000 locations.
- Three seat options
- Availability in both left- and right-hand-drive variants — a first for Corvette.
- 0-60 time under three seconds when equipped with Z51 Performance Package.
- Performance Data Recorder (PDR) can now function as a dash cam.
What We Didn't See - But Might?
- Active Aerodynamics
- Manual Transmission
- Hybrid drive system
- A Convertible. We're told one is coming
That philosophy has changed with the C8. Putting the engine behind the driver has caused the driving postion to move forward about 16 inches. From the driver's viewpoint, instead of looking at a hood, they now see the road. Forward visibility is much improved.
Dry sump lubrication is standard on the new LT2. It had been available on the C6 (with the Z06 and ZR1) and had been part of the Z51 package on the C7. What is exceptional regarding the C8 is that at the $60,000 starting price, dry sump is included, which is unheard of in a performance car. It was necessary to include the system to lower the engine in order to mate it properly with the transmission and to lower the center of gravity. The system includes three scavenge pumps.
Having been center mounted in the C7, Corvette tail pipes returned to the left and right for the 2020 C8.
There has been no mention of the possibility of a manual transmission. Manual transmission popularity has been on the decline, mostly because the performance advantages had disappeared to the point where automatic transmissions had significantly better numbers. As of 2018, the seven speed manual transmission had only 22% of the Corvette market compared to 90% in 1967.
Considering the expense of developing a C8 manual transmission, accessing three pedals by the driver could be in the Corvette past.
Front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)
Rear: 20-inch x 11-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)