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C8 Corvette Debuts 7/18/19

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a2...onfirmed-2020/


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I like it ... but not as a Corvette. Call it something else. It's more Euro exotic than American muscle.
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I like it ... but not as a Corvette. Call it something else. It's more Euro exotic than American muscle.
I don't agree, I think it's time for the Corvette to go mid engine in order to maximize its performance envelope. However, I also believe it's a mistake for Chevrolet to get rid of a front engine Corvette. I'd like Chevrolet to offer two Corvettes, call the mid engine the Corvette Zora, and call the front engine the Corvette Stingray. Similar to how Porsche does with the 911 and 718, two sports cars for two different groups.

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I could live with that.

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I also believe it's a mistake for Chevrolet to get rid of a front engine Corvette. I'd like Chevrolet to offer two Corvettes, call the mid engine the Corvette Zora, and call the front engine the Corvette Stingray.
I would agree, but from a manufacturing perspective, the costs of making 2 different cars would be higher than 1 car, thus the purchase price of each car would be higher. It's a value choice.



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FWIW, a report from the Corvette Forum suggests that there is frame twisting with the high HP version
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FWIW, a report from the Corvette Forum suggests that there is frame twisting with the high HP version
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I read that was traced to a rumor that the 600HP, 5.5 twin turbo + 200HP electric motors (AWD/1000HP) was so powerful that it causing the chassis to twist enough to crack the rear window. I also read it was corrected (additional bracing?), along with correcting the issues of going to a 48 volt electrical system.

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I read that was traced to a rumor that the 600HP, 5.5 twin turbo + 200HP electric motors (AWD/1000HP) was so powerful that it causing the chassis to twist enough to crack the rear window. I also read it was corrected (additional bracing?), along with correcting the issues of going to a 48 volt electrical system.


Powerful engines causing bent frames and now a crash at VIR, does the mid-engine C8 Corvette need more development time?
There is, perhaps, no car, in the history of the automobile, that has had more rumors surrounding it than the impending mid-engine Corvette. Over 50 years worth of sketches, concepts, and test vehicles have led to the C8 Corvette actually making the switch from front-mid-engine to a true mid-engine powertrain layout.
Of course, that extra long gestation period means that any and all news is fair game, for better or worse. We have seen reports that the new family of V8 engines, twin-turbocharged or otherwise, are so powerful that they are literally twisting and bending the C8 chassis. Then there were supposed electrical gremlins as Chevrolet attempts to transition all of their new products over to a new ďGlobal BĒ electrical architecture. And, now, the inevitable has happened: A C8 Corvette has been crashed, rather violently, at Virginia International Raceway.
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I hope it's such a success that it causes the C7 prices to plummet to the point where I can buy one
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