The new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette will be called Stingray once again.
Chevy’s dedicated media site for the new C8 Corvette just went live, revealing a countdown timer that ends on July 18 at 10 PM EST--the exact time of the C8 reveal event. Live coverage will be available starting at 9:30 EST (which is 7:30 PST, for those on the West Coast) which will stream on Chevrolet’s website.
In addition to the exciting counter, Chevrolet also published a whole bunch of C8 Corvette logos. One of those logos just so happens to be the new Stingray design, along with a short blurb that officially confirms the name of the C8.
"The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will debut as a Stingray July 18, 2019," Chevy writes. "Did you know the second-generation Corvette debuted as a Sting Ray in 1963? This nameplate ran until 1976, and was then revived in 2014 to introduce the seventh-generation Corvette. Chevrolet is proud to announce the Stingray name will live on."
This confirms earlier rumors from last March that said the Corvette would be called the Stingray. It’s expected that the C8-gen ‘Vette will stick with the same naming conventions as the previous C7, so we can likely expect a Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1 at some point in the future. Zora is also a possible trim name in honor of the lead Corvette engineer and major mid-engine ‘Vette proponent, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
There's very little of the C8 that hasn't already been discussed at length in rumors and leaks. It's expected the initial base trim will have the same 6.2-L V8 as the previous C7-gen, while later models will feature twin-turbo V8s and a hybrid powertrain with over 1,000 horsepower.
GM executives have confirmed that the car will have an unhackable ECU which will thwart both tuners and car thieves, while active aerodynamic elements and suspension will make the C8 a true track monster.
We’re expecting the reveal event to also reveal the C8’s Nurburgring time--something that the C7 was never able to officially accomplish.