GM to reveal next generation Corvette in July

Donna Miller
April 13, 2019

It's just the thing to make the hearts of Corvette fans race: A new rendition of the classic sports vehicle is coming. It is a good thing then that GM CEO Mary Barra finally made the announcement at a charity gala in NY last night.

General Motors' Chevrolet division will unwrap the next-generation Corvette, featuring a midengine layout for the first time, in July. Every dollar from the sale will go to the Foundation. It is the first time Chevrolet has confirmed the C8 Corvette's existence and the first official images outside of spy shots. As far as we know there's no significance around that date.

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The general consensus of speculation surrounding the auto has been that the base Corvette will be powered by a naturally aspirated V8 with around 500 hp and not cost much more than the current $56,990 Stingray, while higher performance models could feature turbocharged or supercharged engines and possibly an all-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain offering as much as 1,000 hp. The engine will also be renamed LT2 to reflect its new location in the vehicle. 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. A dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox supplied from Tremec is slated to be the only transmission choice-unfortunate news for #savethemanuals diehards like us.

You won't be able to order the very last example, though.

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