The Chevy Corvette first went into production in 1953, and since then, the car has gone through many changes. Yet through all its changes, it continues to remain one of General Motors/Chevrolet's greatest creations.
It has gone through an incredible 8 generations, the last of which—the C8—slated for official release in 2020. But many have been privy to the launch of this vehicle and even seen models at various car shows and launches over the course of 2019, and the consensus is all pretty much the same: we’re all about to witness something pretty special.
Although the style is very different, the vehicle in question—the C8—breaks boundaries like never before.
Join us as we take a look at what we can expect from this car in the year to come, and learn some pretty interesting facts you may not have otherwise known.
20 HORSEPOWER THROUGH THE ROOF
The Specifications for this vehicle are through the proverbial roof. You won't believe what we've uncovered about this beast on wheels.
The horsepower to expected to be an astonishing 495 and an incredible 470 pounds per foot of torque! And all that comes from a 6.2 liter and naturally aspirated V8 engine!
19 RIGHT HAND DRIVING POSSIBILITY
For possible consumers in the beautiful UK, great news from the land of the Corvette: the car will be available with a right side driving option.
This is pretty cool for a magnitude of reasons. First, sales will definitely do better overall, as other nations - which essentially drive on the other side of the road – can purchase the car. Secondly, aficionados from North America can also purchase the variant, especially if it's legal in their particular city to drive a right-sided vehicle.
18 ONE CRAZY BARGAIN!
And don't think that you'll be expected to have to pay an arm and a leg for this one, either. Usually, vehicles that come with this much class and power go for quite the sum of money. But this one isn't all that expensive at all.
Okay, so it won't cost you what a regular Ford Taurus will go for, but still, to get a car like this for $60,000 to $70,000 is pretty incredible.
17 COMES IN A VARIETY OF COLORS
A moot point for some, but still worth a mention, as the color of your car certainly says a lot about you.
Usually, vehicles like this only come in a few colors, but this model here comes in a wider variety which includes the ones shown, as well as orange, light green and a few others! Great to have options, eh?
16 O TO 60 IN HOW LONG!?
So we told you about the horsepower on this bad boy, didn't we? And with all that power, comes a massive amount of speed.
For all of you out there that feel that old need for a wee bit of speed, this car will definitely satisfy, as it goes from 0 to 60 in an astonishing 3 seconds or under – or under! That's never really been seen before for the Corvette and for a lot of cars out there that are street legal.
15 DOESN'T ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE A CLASSIC CORVETTE
The Stingray of older models is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Every time you see one on the road, you turn your head or do a double take no matter how uncomfortable it is. There are just certain kinds of cars that hit that mark for enthusiasts out there and the Stingray is definitely one of those.
But despite the fact that he C8 is so different from older models, it's still quite the attention grabber.
14 SPRINGS OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
So about those specifications we mentioned earlier, they had to throw quite a few of their old standards out the proverbial window – and for good reason of course, as the performance of the new model was at stake.
For example, the old transverse composite springs had to go, as in the new vehicle, they would never have had the room to flex fully, so new ones were definitely in order.
13 THE ENGINE PLACEMENT IS PECULIAR BUT INGENIOUS
For those that are fans of novelty, the placement of the vehicle's engine might be just the sort of thing that'll get you interested in this model. But the placement of the engine comes from mechanical necessity and ingenuity. It's placed at the center, but slightly more forward than a lot of vehicles with the engine in the rear, which coincidentally makes all the difference.
12 CONVERTIBLE OPTION
And what kind of Corvette would it be without this important option? People would definitely complain, and iconic television characters like Steve Sanders (played by Ian Ziering) wouldn't have a prop car for new seasons of the 90210 reboot that's been doing quite well.
The show’s character is an avid fan of the Corvette and we have no doubt that the 2020 C8 will be making an appearance on the show should they continue with new episodes.
11 MORE TECHNOLOGY THAN EVER BEFORE
We mentioned the cockpit earlier, only this one here is a different color and has a greater view of all the tech available in this new and improved version of an epic and classic car.
The 2020 proves that, with vehicles today, you'll practically be Tony Stark flying around in his Mark IV suit, saving the world on your day off from work. There’s nothing wrong with a little make-believe every now and again.
10 TRUNK SPACE GALORE
And just because the engine's back there, it doesn't mean you'll lose any trunk space or extra storage space.
First of all, the actual trunk will be in the font (so can we still call it a trunk, as by definition a trunk should specifically be in the back of something?). Regardless, shots of the car show a compartment just behind the engine that’s able to fit two golf bags perfectly. Looks like you'll have room for all your stuff.
9 ADJUSTABLE LIFT
Oftentimes, the issue with a vehicle that's so low to the ground is that certain ramps, roads or even driveways will be exceedingly hard to navigate, so to speak. This is a problem that afflicts many drivers of sports cars and a lot of damage has been done over the years. But the C8 will have an adjustable front end that will be able to lower and raise, allowing the driver to do so at will.
8 WHAT'S UP WITH THE PUSHBUTTON SHIFTER?
First of all, this is a feature that has upset some, as it’s very far from the standard and norm. But hey, we've all got to keep up with this ever-changing world, eh? And at the same time, the feature is pretty cool, especially since the manual option for this car will not be available at all, so drivers are going to have to get used to a lot more than just the push button.
7 COMPLETE WITH A WINDOW THAT'S 9 MM THICK
Here’s the truth, the engine is rather close to the driver. It'll be right behind the driver, essentially. With that said, that'll definitely make for quite a bit of noise coming from the engine, no matter how smooth it is. And this is why they installed a 9 mm thick window back there in order to block a little bit of the sound.
But don't worry if the sound is what you're after, as you'll still be able to hear that all-impressive thrum.
6 A LITTLE MORE LIKE THE MCLAREN SENNA THAN YOU WOULD THINK
So do you see the similarities? Okay, maybe not on the surface, but they're there, if you look closely. Some have even compared the C8 to a Ferrari, but at the end of the day, these comparisons are also quite moot.
The C8 is definitely it's own vehicle and the specifications, price and expectations really speak for themselves. Expect a rumbling and great sales, because this affordable car will impress not only fans of the Corvette, but also fans of cars in general.
5 THE INTERIOR IS INCREDIBLE
Just take look for yourself. The car's interior is quite spectacular, if we do say so ourselves. As we've written and researched about vehicle interiors before - check out the strangest car interiors of the 2000s, for example - we’ve seen it all.
But as for this interior, you'll definitely feel like you stepped into some machine, the likes of which you've never seen.
4 INTERIOR WAS INSPIRED BY JET FIGHTER PLANES
And the reason the interior of this vehicle is so impressive and different is predominantly because it was based on fighter jet planes. Pretty cool, isn't it?
Plus, if you look at the two interiors, you'll start to see certain similarities and just what inspired the old engineers at GM. So, it looks like Maverick would appreciate one of these for an old spin around the base.
3 THE TRANSMISSION: INNOVATIVE & NEVER BEFORE SEEN
The new transmission took a long time to fabricate. A representative from GM, Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, said: "Designing this transmission took as long as designing the rest of the car." And we can more than understand why.
The transmission can make or break a car, ultimately, and with a top performing car that can go this fast, the transmission took a long time to get right.
2 GM LEARNED TO FABRICATE CERTAIN FEATURES THEMSELVES
It's only out of necessity that we learn of what we're truly capable, especially if that necessity comes at crunch time. And with a looming release, the good people at GM had to do a lot of work themselves.
Since a lot of their purveyors and suppliers weren't able to produce certain aspects of the vehicle at a reasonable price, GM had to find a way to learn how to make some of the parts on this new offering, specifically the C8's aluminum structural parts.
1 HEY! THIS DOESN'T SMELL LIKE A CORVETTE
You know that "new car smell" people are always talking about? Well, it's an obvious phenomena that exists, obviously. There's just something about getting into your brand new car, preferably your dream car, and getting a whiff of all the new materials that were brought together to fabricate your car.
Apparently, the smell that was quite common with the corvette is actually different this time around, so if you've had Corvettes before, prepare for it. Instead of sheet metal, aluminum was used to make the panel in the rear, so expect a difference.
Sources: CNet.com, Cars.com, SlashGear.com, PopularMechanics.com