Mary Barra shows off Chevy's secretive, new Corvette

2020 Chevrolet Corvette confirmed for July 18 debut

Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette confirmed for 2020, will debut July 18

We've seen countless spy photos of mid-engined prototypes and heard plenty of rumours regarding what form the new auto will take, and from the attached images of the camouflaged vehicle, we can see the new Corvette will indeed be mid-engined.

Chevrolet has been toying with the idea of a mid-engine Corvette since the 1960s, but has stuck to the front-engine layout since the first one went on sale in 1953, despite the limitations of the design. It is the first time Chevrolet has confirmed the C8 Corvette's existence and the first official images outside of spy shots.

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Previewing the reveal, General Motors released a photo showing GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra standing next to a camouflaged, next-generation Corvette on Thursday in NY. But what we really want to know is if that second sports vehicle will be the Corvette. According to vehicle and Driver, the first Corvette model to debut will be the "base" C8 Stingray, powered by a revised version of the current model's 6.2-litre V8. Initially, the C8 will use an upgraded version of the current car's pushrod 6.2-liter V-8, which we suspect will be upgraded to produce somewhere around 500 horsepower. Unfortunately for stick-shift lovers, the range is said to be mated exclusively to a Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, bringing an end to the manual-equipped Corvette. Expect the new Corvette to cost around $62,000 to start, an increase of around $5000 compared to the C7 Stingray's starting price of $56,995.

Last we heard, the midengine Corvette was delayed due to its electrical system not being up to snuff.

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