A release date for the new mid-engined Chevrolet C8 Corvette has been confirmed, while the brand has also released a new set of teaser images. Due to be launched on July 7 this year, the all-new, reconfigured Corvette will wade into battle with the Ford GT, as well as a range of established mid-engined rivals from Europe, such as the Lamborghini Aventador S and McLaren 720S.
The teased prototype wears considerably less cladding than our previously-spied mules, giving us our first proper look at its sharp nose, angular front splitter, huge side air intakes and aggressive rear diffuser. Like the last mule, this teased model also sports a new set of enclosed headlights and a fresh pair of tail-lights with sweeping LED indicators.
Despite the drastic change in position for the engine, it’s clear that many of the Corvette’s most recognisable design features will remain. The new mule’s triangular headlamps are similar to those on the current car, while its tail-lights mimic the units used by the C7.
The new Corvette is expected to use the same LT1 6.2-litre V8 as the current model, although it’s likely to produce more than the 449bhp of the current C7. Hybridisation could also debut in the C8, which would likely consist of an electric motor sending its power to the front wheels.
Chevrolet has also been developing a race-prepped version of the new Corvette, due to compete in the World Endurance Championship. Called the C8 R, it’s rumoured to be powered by a 5.5-litre turbocharged V8. When the road-going version eventually arrives, it could produce as much as 750bhp. Sales for the road-going model are expected to start in the US from Autumn.
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