With recent spy images showing the eighth-generation Corvette performing cold weather tests and now this, it would appear that the car is perhaps even further along than we initially thought.
Performing public road tests is a pretty big jump from doing winter tests on a closed track, so it’s certainly not out of the question that we’ll get to see the new Vette before the end of this year – even though production should commence in early 2019, which means that a Detroit Auto Show is also possible.
These fully camouflaged prototypes were chased down earlier this week by Corvetteforum user jbsblownc5, in his supercharged C5, around Idyllwild, California.
Here’s what happened in his own words:
“Got a call from my Mec on his way to work that there were 4 Camouflaged Corvettes headed my way up the mountain this morning. I grabbed a few cameras and jumped in the C5 to intercept…
I thought I turned on the front go pro, but could not believe it did not record, anyway, a did get a bunch of shots and some short video clips on my Ihpone, and a little with my rear camera…
As I was headed down the mountain, the first 2 flew by me, I flipped a U turn and caught up to them, then the other two came in behind me! I chased the front two for a good 15 minutes thru the canyons, the roads were wet, but we did get after it a bit!”
Despite the heavy body cladding, there are certain design features that are either visible, or nearly visible, such as the square-shaped quad tailpipes, small rear window, flat engine cover, or the possible side air intakes.
If reports are right and the C8 Corvette will be offered with a choice of three powertrains, it would appear that one of them will use electrification in hybrid form.
Thanks to Keith/CorvetteBlogger