C8 Corvette Rumors and Recap

C8 Corvette To Replace Well Received C7

Rumors state that the C8 Corvette will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2018. Reported by Car and Driver magazine, prices for the rumored C8 Corvette start at $80,000. In comparison to mid-engine vehicles, this is still considerably less expensive. Nonetheless, it’s a $24,600 increase from the starting prices of the current Corvette Stingray. Car and Driver magazine also shared that the code name for Chevrolet’s rumored Corvette is “Emperor,” further raising anticipation among auto enthusiasts. Continue reading for a summary of the rumors surrounding the upcoming C8 Corvette and which features the car is likely to have.

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C8 Corvette Rumors – What We Know so Far

Rumors are going around that Chevrolet is designing a mid-engine supercar comparable to powerful cars like the Lamborghini and Ferrari. Although the car hasn’t been confirmed yet, it’s a popular topic among auto enthusiasts and engineers. This rumor was partially fueled by news of GM investing $290 million in upgrading their Corvette factory. However, rumors of a super corvette have floated around for decades.

Many people are excited about the possibility of a super ‘Vette, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Some have pointed out that price will be a concern. Corvettes are known as affordable vehicles; to create a super Corvette would likely break away from that consistent brand.

An engineering and technology reporter of Automotive News, Richard Truett, argued that the Corvette is already a supercar because it has better handling and performance than the average driver will ever need or use. The Corvette’s affordable price is one of its strengths considering the car delivers great performance and handling.

For the sake of further innovation, it’s about time the Corvette upgrades to a mid-engine. According to IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley, the C7 Corvette Stingray already pushes front engine/rear drive car limits. Other experts disagree with Brinley. They think that Corvette can continue creating models with the characteristic front engine/rear drive and small block V8 while opening a new line of Corvettes for customers who are interested in paying more for models equipped with a mid-engine.

5 Most Anticipated Features of the Rumored C8 Corvette

1. Mid-Engine

It’s rumored that the C8 Corvette will have a mid-engine instead of a small-block pushrod V-8. Some people still predict that Chevrolet will stick with the trusty small-block pushrod V-8 that allows them to keep the price down. Others think Chevrolet will offer two versions to satisfy both desires.

The possibility of a mid-engine has some auto enthusiasts excited because it allows for enhanced acceleration and handling. A mid-engine design positions the engine between the rear and front axels behind the passenger compartment. Vehicles with mid-engines are also less likely to skid or spin out because the weight of the engine is distributed over the rear tires. Bob Lutz, former head of product development acknowledged that the developments people are spotting reflect plans he had in 2007. Chevy has built mid-engine prototypes since the 1960s but has yet to bring one in production.

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2. Active-Aerodynamic System

Don Sherman, a reporter from Car and Driver magazine, wrote in his article on that the new vehicle will likely have an active aerodynamic system. This premium feature enhances downforce by blocking front-end vehicle airflow at the grille, fascia or cooling module. An active aerodynamic system optimizes engine temperature and decreases vehicle drive. Cars equipped with this technology have better gas mileage and reduce emissions.

3. 50 MPG

Bob Lutz predicts that the C8 Corvette will deliver 50 MPG by EPA standards. This would be a huge selling point for the vehicle because of its high fuel-efficiency. For comparison, the Lamborghini Aventador Coupe LP740-4 has 12 MPG, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe has 14 MPG, and the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible has 15 MPG. For a closer comparison, the 2017 Corvette Stingray delivers 26 MPG on the highway.

4. 10-15 Mile Plug-In Electric Capability

Another prediction from Lutz, the C8 Corvette could have 10-15 mile plug-in electric capability. This would be convenient for moments when you’re low on fuel or have run out of gas completely. Perhaps, you don’t have time to stop at a gas station before making it work. The plug-in electric capability could give you a few more miles to reach your destination.

This feature also enables the automobile to boast of a higher MPG. This is estimated to be at 50 MPG as explained in the previous section. The inclusion of a lithium-ion battery pack for electric capability opens the door to a possible all-wheel drive feature too. A 5kWh lithium-ion battery pack is only $1,200, making it easier to include without driving up the product’s price.

5. Dual-Clutch Transmission

Rumors have it that the Chevy C8 Corvette will have a dual-clutch transmission. Current cars that have dual-clutch transmissions include the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4, Ferrari 458 Italia, BMW M3, Mercedes SLS AMG, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250. While driving a car with a dual-clutch transmission, you can switch gears without interrupting power flow or disconnecting the engine from the transmission. This type of transmission delivers faster acceleration than manual and automatic transmissions. It also has better fuel efficiency.

Summing It All Up

Speculations about the C8 Corvette are likely to be true this time. Chevrolet has been considering a mid-engine automobile for about four to five decades now. They have always scrapped their mid-engine prototypes in the past, probably to remain consistent with offering affordable vehicles. However, many people think it’s only a matter of time until Chevy upgrades to the mid-engine, whether they continue their current small-block pushrod V-8 or stop developing cars with the pushrod V-8. We predict that they will continue introducing models with the small-block pushrod V-8 for their customers who are happier at that price range while offering a more expensive Chevrolet with enhanced features.

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