Someone has leaked the new mid-engine Corvette’s startup screen, and we got it here for you to see.
We have no idea how GM-Trucks.com got their hands on this startup animation, which will presumably be displayed on the C8 Corvette’s instrument screen once the engine is turned on. All we know is that “it was collected from publicly available file by a third party and passed along to us,” and then we got it from Motor1’s all-seeing automotive eye.
But as always, we’re thankful for this bounty and will never forsake the mid-engine Corvette gods for their generosity and wisdom.
What we see is mostly a shiny new emblem which is not nearly as shiny as the current Corvette logo. In fact, it seems to have replaced the chrome outline with something that’s far more matte black. Maybe this means the C8 Corvette will have a matte paint job to match the emblem? Maybe chrome is something that’s going out of style and will be replaced with drab and boring color tones in the future?
We don’t know. For all we do know, this startup screen may still be tweaked before the Corvette’s release, or the contrast will be turned all the way up to make it all shiny again.
What we do know comes mostly from leaks and the endeavors of one 3D modeler who compiled all the previously released spy photos to make a 3D composite of the upcoming mid-engine ‘Vette. There’s definitely styling cues from the current C7 Corvette in the front and rear, but there are some definite updates to the overall design to support the fact that the engine now sits in the middle instead of way out in the front.
We know the first and most modest C8 will come equipped with an evolved form of the LT1 V8 engine, which produces 520 hp and comes attached to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. After that we’ll get a Grand Tour trim that focuses on comfort and ride quality and uses Cadillac's 4.2-L twin-turbo V8.
The piece de resistance will be the Grand Sport, which will come with a new 5.5-L twin-turbo V8 that is said to be “frighteningly powerful.”
An electrical issue reported last December seems to have delayed the C8’s debut at least until the spring, where we might see it debut in New York or even a little later in the summer. Don’t expect sales to happen until late 2019 at the very earliest.