C8 Corvette Will Debut on July 18!
Announced on Instagram, countdown to the day of the mid-engine Vette’s arrival on the world stage begins.
While some of us were checking out the action out on the diamond, preparing to watch Tiger Woods fight his way to a fifth green jacket, or heading out to Richmond Raceway for some NASCAR excitement, General Motors dropped a big ass bombshell on the Corvette’s Instagram.
According to our friends over at CorvetteForum, July 18, 2019 will forever be the day the decades-long wait for the mid-engine Corvette ends at last, when the C8-era of America’s Sports Car arrives on the world stage.
The C8 Corvette, set to leave the assembly line in December of this year, will have the V8 power now behind the heads of the driver and passenger, with the base model breathing naturally. A twin-turbo unit, which some fans have dubbed the C8-era of the Z06, could blow away the C7-era ZR1 with more than 800 horses on tap. A dual-clutch automatic is on the agenda to wrangle those wild stallions, while a manual option is being considered.
As for how much it will cost to own one of these new-fangled mid-engine Corvettes, Hagerty speculates the starting price would be around $60,000, which is a reasonable price when compared to its competitors from McLaren, Ferrari, and Lamborghini.
Alas, this also means the C7 era of the Corvette will come to an end. According to our friends at Motor Authority, the final C7 model, a black Z06, will be auctioned off at the next Barrett-Jackson affair at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut June 26 through 29, with proceeds going to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Thus, there will be no blending of the eras in the final year of The New ’10s.
The only snag to the debut is, of course, where it will happen. July 18 happens to be the last full day of the National Corvette Restorers Society National Convention in Greenville, South Carolina. Maybe it’ll appear there?
Until we know for certain where to book our flights to catch the C8’s debut, you can sign up for updates via Corvette’s special ‘07.18.19’ page, or join the CorvetteForum forums to check out the latest rumors and news about the new Corvette.