The new mid-engine Corvette may debut at a standalone event.
While we were dismayed that Chevrolet would not debut the mid-engine Corvette in Detroit, its inevitable debut isn’t that far off. GM Authority reports that it will have its own standalone reveal next summer. Sources close to the site floated a possible May 2019 launch, or shortly thereafter. That obviously rules out the Detroit Auto Show reveal, as well as Chicago and New York.
Since Chevy may reveal the new C8 Corvette next summer, it will likely be a 2020 model when it goes on sale.
Recently, reports suggested the expected launch of the mid-engine C8 Cortvette was delayed six months due to issues with its 48-volt electrical system. As a result, GM undertook the task of re-engineering the electrical system, including coordinating with suppliers to source updated parts.
As far as how much it will cost, we can only speculate at this point. According to MidEngineCorvetteForum, former General Motors chairman Bob Lutz mentioned the C8 Corvette would be $5,000 more than the outgoing C7 in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Road and Track. That’s encouraging news, considering some thought a mid-engine would sport a supercar price tag. He told R&T: “I expect the goal is to sell the C8, version for version, at a little more than the C7.”
Bear in mind, that starting price – possibly around $70,000 – is for the base version. Once you start talking major performance models like the ZR1, things change. There, you may well end up well in the six-figure range. We’ll have to wait and see what emerges when the mid-engine Corvette debuts next year.
Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! While we welcome the new mid-engine Corvette, check out the ultimate version of the old one below: