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Everything we know about the mid-engine Corvette C8

Engine in the back seat. Front and rear trunks for your golf clubs.

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According to all the information available at this time, the rear trunk is aft of the engine bay. Essentially, two trunks.

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Okay, you are not Corvette people, I’m excited about the transformation of the car! I got to ride in the first one a St. Louis Chevrolet dealer received in 1953 and have owned five since. oh yea I also have a 1986 Sportster 1100!

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The first one.The first corvette with the borderfence over the headlites.That baby still does it for me.

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IMO it’s too bad that designers opted to go with the Camaro-style rear end and rectangular taillights. I would have liked to see closer to the classic 'Vette rear end with round taillights.
I’m also more of a roadster (convertible) fan and feel that any 2-seater should be a convertible. The day I picked up my (used) 2012 GS convertible (manual of course) was a very happy day indeed. In the last 4 years I think the top has been up a total of about 8 hours :slight_smile: Isn’t clear to me how they’ll be able to pull off a convertible C8.

I am old enough to remember the first stingray. It seems the first year of the new Version always has a few problems . Recalls were not as prevalent, there were a fry problems then with “flex. There were also a lot of comments about the split window, some said it was there for flexibility on the glass. As most vette fans know the 67 Stingray was built because of start up problems on the revised model built as a 68. That also had flex flaws, most fixed by the 69. I had a 69, it was a nice car. Someone else liked it and stole it. Gone forever. Bought a 70, 350/350. Great car, good balance and did not have mechanical problems. My own experience makes it worth the wait for the following year on a new vette design, especially if is a mid engine.

I have a 54 and a 55. Love the screens over the headlights. Trying to sell my C6 then wait until 2021 for them to get the bugs out and prices to moderate before I buy a C8. I anticipate early buyers will contend with the infamous “additional dealer markup” stickers in addition to MSRP. Definitely want the 2 sets of golf clubs storage capacity. Going to NCRS National convention next week. If past experience holds true Corvette Chief Engineer will be there and a C8 will be undercover until the official unveiling in California. If so I’ll be taking lots of photos.

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Make way for progress. Just think it could easily have been a front wheel drive. lol

Typical forum responses ever since the C8 was leaked to be mid-engine: absolute loathing to drooling “please take my deposit now” anticipation. Whatever happens, GM has people talking and that is good, whether you are selling cars, fried chicken, blue jeans or airplanes. In the end, the proof will be in the number of sales. I think the C8 will do OK. There will be some Vette fans that won’t buy, but there will also be sales to enthusiasts who would have never considered a Corvette. Finally, I think all the hooey about the cost is just that. Hooey. When you consider the cost of the C5 Corvette in 2004 and compare the costs of subsequent models to the inflation rate and cost of living, the Vette has been more and more of a bargain each year. The reported figures for MSRP for the base C8 appear almost to be a correction in the overall price increases throughout the years.

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Convoy, I hope Ford has learned their lesson of “V6 engine know how” by not designing their V6 engines with the water pump being driven by the timing chain. When the water pump seal goes bad, and it will, it floods the crankcase with coolant and destroys the engine. Ford’s engine designers must have been high on drugs when they designed that engine. GM isn’t any better, Cadillac engine designers installed the starter under the intake manifold!!! In my opinion, in some ways, rather than improving engine designs, engineers are getting worse. It makes me wonder what our engineering schools are teaching engineers these days.

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An ok John is an insulted Chevy kook. Don’t take GM engineering flaws personally. Unless of course you are a GM engineer, then you are allowed to take it personally.

The fact is the Corvettes a mess. It has been for a long time and GM has always displayed the worst engineering of all of them put together. You will see how bad this car will be once introduced.

Thanks,

Henry

We are witnessing American automotive history.
I wish it still looked more like my beloved C3. Though, the world moves on.
As an American, and American automotive enthusiast my hope is that the elite GM `dream team’ that put much of their life into bringing the C8 to life is delivering a potent world-beater. As it has done with humbling effect with every Corvette model since the C4. I feel sorry for Porsche. OK, not really.
Let’s root for the home team! (including those of you - for some reason - still driving tired and traditional Jap and EU stuff. Yawn).

DV

meh… you’re the same dude that complained when they got rid of the carburetor, the pop-up headlights, and the “traditional 4 round taillights” (even though they haven’t been round in years…)

I’m happy at least one of what used to be the Big 3 is stepping up their game to meet the Europeans in the mid-engine game. When I lived in Japan for a while I owned a 1993 Toyota Corona ED that had all kinds of options on it the same year Cadillacs & Lincolns hadn’t even thought of at the time. Sad. The US has been making cars on a grand scale for a hundred years. You’d think old man Ford was running the show for most of the time keeping everything the same because we didn’t “need” anything different.

I’ve worked the assembly lines in Detroit. The engineers aren’t the only problem. If this C8 gets slapped together by the same “…that ain’t my job.” people I used to work with, Chevy is in trouble. I pray this car is great! The Sixth Gen Camaro (Alpha platform) proves they can make a great RWD chassis. Of course, that only took 100 years…

I am hoping for a great turnout. I really am…

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Haters want to hate and all you are showing is a full blown prejudice towards GM.
All, and I mean ALL automakers have problems with engineering. It usually happens because they are pushing the limits of known science when they develop new engines, chassis’, suspensions, etc.
So maybe you could back off the talk about horrible engineering and say that GM always pushes the limit in auto design and tech.
My Corvettes have always been great cars but like all cars have had a few problems but all easily fixable.
I see a C8 in my future but it will be in a few years when the crowd starts to clear and I’ll have more choices from the used market.

I am the happy owner of a 2012 C6 base Corvette with a manual transmission. It is my daily driver and for the last 68,000 miles has been very reliable and is always fun to drive. Simple, powerful, 20 MPG on average and really more car than I know how to drive. I expect that 95% of all modern Corvette owners are not up to extracting the full performance of these cars.

I think that it is terrific that Chevy is finally releasing a mid-engine car with a small block push rod engine. These engines have proven themselves to be completely bullet proof and competitive. What’s wrong with that?

My view, yeah for Chevy. I hope it beats the Hell out of Porsche on the race track.

Bow tie man. Hummm. Yes they. All have problem yes. Look at the late 70s early 80s.

But we are on the 2010s. No more excuses. We all should have learned something. Like putting a distributor on the back of an engine not the front? Lame.

I have all 3 brands in the collection. Only worthy GM products make the cut.

Thank You

Henry

Annie, go count your Guns instead of shooting down Americas Sports Car that will equal to the Europeans for way less than they list for and its made here in the U.S.A.

Thankyou Very much,
George Lambo

Looks nice from the 3/4 front view. I’d make “break from tradition” comments about it, but they’d be weak after some of the truly lame cars badged as 'vettes in the middle years, so what the heck. I do know if the sneak peeks of the rear turn out to be true, they totally blew it with a Camarish ugliness that might let an entire aftermarket rear body kit industry spring up and flourish.

It’s becoming common to bury the starter back in the valley, under the intake. Many cars and trucks have it, the owners just don’t know until the dealer calls and give them the $1K-ish quote over the phone. Like the water pump scenario you mention, the customer be damned when it comes to service bills. Guess it’s the new badge of honor to swap stories of how the “little people” squirm over $500 headlamp replacements and $900 water pump replacements. Means we’re all driving “exotics” now :wink: