With the ever-changing automotive industry, brands must innovate and work hard to make sure that their product remains both up to snuff and competitive. As a result of this, manufacturers work tirelessly to surpass themselves and their rivals. A great example of such efforts can be seen recently, with Chevrolet's newest Corvette: The C8.
Compared to the previous iterations of the Corvette model, the C8 stands out with its mid-engine setup, sharper looks, and much more. However, since the Corvette C8 has yet to be released, the car's true capabilities are still unknown. To anticipate this, here are ten things to expect with Chevy's 2020 Corvette C8...
10 More Worldwide Appeal
Since the Corvette is an American-made car, it's pretty common to see them on streets throughout the United States. Although, when overseas, seeing something like a Corvette is much more rare. Maybe this is due to a lack of interest in the car or issues associated with importation. Either way, the C8 seems to be garnering attention from all around the globe.
Hopefully, this is a sign that the C8 will be very popular. Not just here either, but in Europe, Asia, and so on. Granted, problems may still arise with importation, but a mid-engine Corvette may be exactly what European customers have been yearning for.
9 Expensive Insurance
One of the things many people don't think about when dreaming of owning a supercar is its insurance cost. Compared to something like a Ferrari or Lamborghini, obviously a Chevrolet (even if it is a supercar) will probably not run the same fee. Yet, the new C8 is looking like it will come close.
According to an article by MotorTrend, the price of insuring a brand new Corvette C8 will go up about 15%. In monetary terms, this could mean an extra few thousand a year just to have the car. This isn't great for those on a budget, but, maybe, the prices will fall after some point. After all, this is still mere speculation.
8 A Nod To The Past
Believe it or not, a big part of the C8 seems to be from not only new technology and increased understanding, but also several winks to the company's previous achievements. Many parts of the C8, like the name and design, have significant historical importance.
If you're at all familiar with Chevrolet's older Corvettes, you're well aware of the classic Stingray name. The name has been brought back recently with the preceding C7 and remains with the C8. Another interesting historical tidbit comes from the vehicle's mid-engine layout. Yes, the change is due to increased performance, but it's also been done before with the old Corvette CERV: A mid-engine concept from the late '50s.
7 Unique Interior
When the Corvette C7 was first released, one neat characteristic with its appearance was the interior. Although it may be overlooked when contrasted with the exterior design, a cool looking inside can really bring the whole thing together. Now, with the C8, Chevy has done it again...
Once again, when the Corvette C8 was unveiled, Chevrolet showed off their impressive interior. This time, it would follow an almost 'fighter jet' type design with all of the important features directed towards the driver. Needless to say, it looks amazing and comfortable to boot.
6 Different Engineering
Of course, as technology advances, the surrounding products and engineering prowess with the new tech do as well. In turn, more accessibility to better tech can have some crazy repercussions (in a good way). One such change is with the Corvette's engineering.
Obviously, the biggest and most noticeable change in design is the mid-engine layout. With a new take on the engine, drivetrain, transmission, and everything else under the sun, the C8 can do what no Corvette before could have dreamed of. Fingers crossed that they continue this pattern into the future.
5 Countless Sales
As mentioned previously, the 2020 Corvette C8 has gained the attention of consumers around the world. Even at a somewhat expensive starting price, people are chopping at the bit to get themselves the newest version. So much so, actually, that they're about to be sold out.
According to an article by Autoblog, talks with GM's design chief, Michael Simcoe, yielded some astounding information. Apparently, the automotive giant has had so many sales that they are "nearly sold out." This is both a good and bad thing: Good since the C8 seems so beloved but bad for those who haven't got one yet. If you're looking to own one, you should probably have written a check yesterday.
4 Bringing The Fight To Europe
Before the 2020 Corvette C8, Corvette found themselves in a strange predicament. They were very fast cars, but not quite to the level of their overseas competition. However, the C8 aims to remedy this problem.
The performance figures are one big part of how exactly Chevrolet is going to do it. Since the C8 is their fastest car yet, it looks like a possibility. Along with that, a mid-engine vehicle is much more common overseas and helps to, again, improve performance. Who knows, before too long the Corvette might just be dusting McLarens, Porsches, and so on.
3 Reasonable Price
Since Chevrolet first released their Corvette to the open market all those years ago, they've prided themselves on multiple aspects of their achievements. One of the most popular, especially amongst consumers, is how affordable the Corvette is as a high-end sports car. Luckily, the C8 is no exception to this rule.
For a car that can go over 200 miles-per-hour and compete with the big boys, Chevrolet has an amazing price tag. The basic C8 will go from anywhere between the mid-$50,000 range and up with the nicer alternatives costing upwards of $70,000. It's certainly much better than $200,000 for a European car that can, barely, do the same thing.
2 A Higher Level Of Performance
Like just about every other vehicle manufacturer, the newest model has to one-up the previous one in some crazy way. Some do it by looks, others by performance. However, Chevrolet decided to do both, and their accomplishments with regard to speed are no joke.
This time, the 2020 Corvette will have a 6.2-liter V8 and a sequential-auto transmission. As expected, the C8's engine is still a force to be reckoned with, regardless of whether it's placed in the front or back. In fact, its rear placement is a big component of what gets the C8 from 0 to 60 in just 3 seconds and a top speed of (allegedly) 200+ miles-per-hour.
1 Outstanding Looks
Perhaps one of the most important factors when falling in love with a car is its visuals. Cars that look good can, sometimes, skate by on their appearance alone (like the DeLorean). Thankfully, the Corvette doesn't have to do that, but would probably be successful in it anyway.
With the adoption of a mid-engine setup, the shape of the 'standard' Corvette has been changed dramatically. Beforehand, we expected a long front-end with a bubbly cockpit, yet now it follows a shape similar to Ferrari. Maybe that is why the C8 looks so good: Because it's close to the V8 Ferraris. Or, it's due to the bravery, innovation, and technical genius surrounding its development.
If there was a bet to be made on the answer, odds are that the latter assumption would win out against the former.
Sources: www.motortrend.com, www.autoblog.com