The upcoming mid-engined Corvette will still bear the name “Stingray”, according to a new report.
There are still a lot of unknowns about GM’s upcoming C8-generation of the Chevrolet Corvette. Chief among them is just exactly what the car will be called.
Previous rumors pointed at the name Manta Ray, an evolution of the current Stingray name that better describes the C8’s flatter profile. Or maybe people just think of Manta Rays as somehow “better” than your average stingray. Who knows?
There were also rumors that GM would honor the late, great Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov by calling the car “Zora.” GM trademarked the name last year, and it would be a fitting tribute to the man who championed the mid-engined Corvette his entire life but never got to see it enter production.
Or it could just be called Stingray again, according to a new report from Carscoops.
Somehow, the publication managed to get their hands on a set of interior shots for the C8 Corvette, and nestled in the column between the two front seats is the name “Stingray.” Another generation, another Stingray. Ho hum.
Then again, it’s not like anybody calls the Corvette “Stingray” anyhow. Everyone just calls it a Corvette and then adds the trim level afterward, like Z06 or ZR1.
But the Zora name might still find its way into the C8 Corvette. Carscoops also notes there’s a “Z” button on the left side of the steering wheel. That could stand for “Zora” and be for a sort of extreme driving mode, or it could also be referring to the aforementioned Z trims.
Of course, we still haven’t received any official confirmation from GM on anything, so this is all still speculation based on leaked images.
Furthermore, a big Corvette dealer has started taking pre-orders for the C8. That’s nothing special on its face, but this particular dealer has a reputation for only taking pre-orders a few weeks before GM makes a big reveal.
Cross your fingers. The wait might soon be over.