It's been a long time coming. After a lengthy teaser campaign and countless spy photos, Chevrolet has unveiled the all-new Corvette C8. No longer a front engine rear-wheel drive two-door, the C8 is now a mid-engine sports car like the Ford GT, Honda NSX, among others.
With it, the late Zora Arkus-Duntov's (the father of the Corvette) dream of having a mid-engine Corvette has been realized after more than 60 years and is now ready to take on the road and its nearest rivals.
But before we go deeper in the C8 Corvette, let's talk about its new look. Since the engine is now placed in the middle, Chevy had to radically redesign the Corvette's looks from the C7. The result is a sleek and aggressive shape that blends both old and new designs. It gets a clean-looking front fascia that is dominated by a pair of headlights, and a huge air intake on the front bumper.
Huge side intakes are present as well on the side which force air into the V8 which now sits behind the driver. Around the back, it gets unique C-shaped taillights that are reminescent of the Camaro's and give the Corvette an umistakable look.
Inside, the C8 still comes with a driver-centric design albeit made to look more futuristic thanks to its wraparound design. A racing-inspired flat-bottomed steering wheel and a full digital instrument panel makes its way inside the new C8. Even the touchscreen infotainment is pointed towards the driver and it comes with satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.
The center console, on the other hand, is devoid of any gear shifter and instead now comes with selectable buttons. And right beside it are an array of buttons that can control the climate control system, the heated and cooled seats, additonal safety features, and many more. A total of six interior color options (as well as six seatbelt color choices) are available for the new C8 Corvette.
Unlike other manufacturers which have switched to forced induction, Chevrolet is bucking the trend with a naturally aspirated V8. It's a 6.2-liter V8 dubbed the LT2 that benefits from a dry sump system and an oil cooler. It cranks out 496 PS along with 637 Nm of torque.
These numbers are supposedly enough to propel the C8 from 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds. To give you an idea, the 750 PS C7 Corvette ZR1 does this in about 2.8 seconds – hinting at just how much potential the new mid-engined platform has with a relatively tame motor.
Corvette fans will also notice that the new C8 can be specced with the optional Z51 package. This consists of better brakes, cooling, a bespoke aerokit, as well as an exhaust system with a ‘throatier’ note. It also boosts horsepower by 5, making the C8 Z51 package have over 500 horsepower on tap.
No manual gearboxes here as the C8 Corvette only comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch. The automaker claims this new gearbox shifts quicker than any automatic transmissions and can shift faster than any manual.
The switch to a mid-engine design also allowed Chevrolet to make the Corvette stiffer, handle better and have quicker steering.
Need to carry some stuff on the Corvette? The C8 comes with front and rear luggage compartments made from lightweight fiberglass. In addition, the removable hardtop can be stored neatly at the back. And if you're doubting the space of its rear compartment, Chevy claimed it can hold a five-piece luggage set with ease.
The all-new Corvette C8 is now available for reservations and will start at less than $60,000, a price that is about Php 3,050,000.