The latest renderings of the Chevrolet C8 Corvette may be the closest yet to what the production mid-engine supercar will look like.
With modern technology and talented artists the way they are, we’re not even going to need Chevrolet to take the camouflage off the upcoming mid-engine Corvette to know precisely what it looks like.
A new pair of artist’s renderings from the MidEngineCorvetteForum are giving us the closest look we have to an undressed C8. Forum friend Chaz has really outdone themselves on this one, having used all available spy photos to create this composite of what the C8 could very well look like once GM finally decides to take the camo off.
As expected, the C8 borrows a lot of styling cues from the current C7-gen Corvette. The angular nose comes to a point precisely where the Corvette logo is, although the hood features interesting lines that continue over the roof similar to the current C7.
In the back, the rear panels just beneath the tail lights are reminiscent of the same panels on the front of the Corvette ZR1 on either side of the grille. The tail lights are a completely new design, as is the rear spoiler, quad exhaust, and carbon fiber rear diffuser.
Under the hood, the base-model C8 is expected to come with an evolved version of the 6.2-L LT2 V8 engine producing around 500 horsepower. It’ll come with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters, and rumors say there is no manual transmission currently being considered.
The C8 also runs on an entirely new electric architecture that is apparently causing all manner of mayhem for GM engineers. Electrical glitches are believed to be the reason a test C8 broke down at a Michigan gas station and needed to be towed back to GM’s proving grounds. Those gremlins have pushed the C8’s production start to December of this year.
We don’t know when GM will take the covers off the mid-engine ‘Vette, but rumors are pointing to a late summer reveal. We’ll be sure to keep you informed as we find out more.