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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 “Global B” 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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CGI reveal w/retractable hardtop.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=QEPuTxUXnFo

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Hey Chop,

I am not seeing the vette, a bunch of goofy looking cars from the 30s and 40s.
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I am not seeing the vette, a bunch of goofy looking cars from the 30s and 40s.
Hmm, link works for me. It's only 22 seconds long. It's a pretty cool video...if the rendering is correct. The creator places the car in his own driveway like he's walking up too it while the top retracts. BTW, in another vid, it shows the top retracting, and then a rear window (glass?) retracts up between the humps like a windscreen. But in this vid it appears the rear window is static.

chazcron's 2020 Corvette convertible graces his driveway

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The challenge they face with making a radical change in the car design is it makes all the front engine cars "old tech" and can adversely impact their resale price. When that happens it devalues the entire line for a period of time. Maybe years.

This is at least partially why you see co-production of the "current" platform in parallel with the updated platform. Like the new RAM. You can purchase a "classic" RAM or chose to wait for the NEW RAM. Both hold their value longer.

The day they switch over to the mid-engine platform, all front engine cars will be viewed as less desirable and "old".

Personally I would have preferred to see the new platform introduced as a "premium" vehicle that got them out in the wild but did not devalue the current platform immediately. It would be much better for all current owners to not flip a switch and make their cars lose value over night.

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Hey Chop,

I am not seeing the vette, a bunch of goofy looking cars from the 30s and 40s.
The link takes you to the end of the Vette video. Just rewind to the beginning.

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Yep, the time code in the url starts at the end of the video. So when everything works ok people will see the next video in line for them personally, not the one you intended.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=QEPuTxUXnFo
w w w.youtube. com/ watch?time_continue=22 & v=QEPuTxUXnFo

Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEPuTxUXnFo
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