A new report says that the mid-engine 2020 Corvette has been delayed 6 months due to a serious issue with the car’s electrical systems.
All year we’ve been seeing the 2020 Corvette in various states of camouflage, with what seemed to be a nearly-there production version testing on Germany’s Nurburgring race track. But it seems those tests must have found something wrong since now we’re being told that the C8 Corvette won’t debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.
Instead, the whole project will be delayed for 6 months.
What’s so wrong that GM would pump the brakes for half a year? According to GM Authority, a major electrical issue was discovered with the Corvette’s wire harness. The report states that the "vehicle’s electrical system can’t carry the load necessary to support the necessary components."
We’re not told exactly what all those components are or what happens when a car’s wiring can’t support all the bits that need power, but if it’s enough to delay the Corvette by 6 months, it must be a serious glitch.
Reengineering the C8 Corvette’s electrical systems will naturally take some time, but perhaps even more time consuming is coordinating the changes with GM’s vast network of parts suppliers. At this late stage in the car’s development, it can be a real hassle telling a supplier that they need to scrap whatever plans they had and start over with a new part that better meets the C8’s electrical needs.
Anonymous sources are still saying that GM will be able to release the C8 as a 2020 model, so we should still see the coolest of all Corvettes arrive sometime next year. Expect a summer or fall debut, although GM Authority did say that it’s not impossible for GM to delay until the 2021 model year.
An earlier leak online revealed some juicy details of the upcoming Corvette, including a 520 hp engine on the base model thanks to a modified version of the LT1 V8. The top of the line version will come with a 5.5-L twin-turbo V8 that will let it hang with the big boys from Italy and Germany, so it must have plenty of power on tap too.