Two Corvette C8 Prototypes Caught Playing Tag With A New ZR1

The 2020 Corvette C8 promises to usher in some radical changes and two prototypes have recently been spied testing alongside the new Corvette ZR1.

Caught by a YouTuber in Colorado, the clip mostly shows the rear of the mid-engine sports car. However, at the beginning, we can see the Corvette’s stylish new shape which looks more Italian than American.

Previous spy photos have shown the model will have a wedge-shaped design with an angular front fascia featuring LED headlights. Of course, the biggest changes occur aft of the rakish windscreen as the mid-engine model will have a short roof which meets two buttresses. The engine resides in the space between and it will likely be covered by a glass panel to showcase the car’s new layout.

The new design is also noticeable at the rear as the Corvette has a Lamborghini-esque rear bumper and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. However, the model will adopt some familiar Corvette features including round brake lights which can be briefly seen in the video.

Like the Lexus LC F, there have been countless rumors about what will power the eighth-generation Corvette. A report from earlier this year suggested the base model will have an upgraded 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that develops approximately 500 hp (372 kW / 507 PS). It will reportedly be connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which will allow the car to be faster than the C7 despite a rumored weight gain of over 200 lbs (90 kg).

If reports are correct, the car will eventually be offered with an all-new 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine producing at least 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS). There have also rumors about a twin-turbo version of this engine with a ZR1 beating 800 hp (596 kW / 811 PS).

One of the more prolific rumors suggests the company could also release the mother of all Corvettes. It is rumored to use a twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor that powers the front wheels. Assuming this information is correct, the range-topping Vette would have all-wheel drive and around 1,000 hp (745 kW / 1013 PS).

Chevrolet has been dropping a few hints about the car and it is expected to debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.


  • Six_Tymes

    they got a lot of competition, more than ever before. this C8 better be impressive.

    • Mike anonymous

      From what I know, this vehicle will actually be taking some styling cues from the Chevrolet Stingray Concept (especially in the rear), so hopefully that will be good. I understand GM hasn’t being doing well (in terms of their vehicles, quality, etc, all of that stuff) But, I will say that when it comes to their very TOP-tier, they don’t ever seem to slouch. That being said, I have VERY high hopes for this vehicle.

      • SteersUright

        Not a single spy shot has revealed any detail resembling this concept. Hope you are right though.

        • Mike anonymous

          I agree. Although I’ve gotten my information from research over the last few years here and there (during my free time). From what I found out styling cues from the Stingray Concept will be Brought to this vehicle (or “a” vehicle) in “the future”, but nothing other than sources and reports to back it.

          What confirmed it for me was actually something I caught (not in a photo, but) in a video a few months back. The prototype C8 shares the same tail lights as the Stingray concept. (So that helped to confirm the things I had been looking at/for)

          I’m not sure how much else will make it over, or how it will be implemented on a mid-engine design,. but from what it looks like a good bit of inspiration will be taken from the concept into this next C8.

          I hope they do this C8 right, I’m really looking forward to it.

    • willhaven

      As long as it’s price competitive!

      • Status

        I hope you don’t mean an MSRP that’s undercut by $30K. The Corvette isn’t supposed to be a cut-rate sports car.

        • willhaven

          It has been since the late 70s. If they match their interior quality to the Japanese or Germans, I would agree that it is no longer a cut-rate sports car, but the C5-C7 had some mediocre interior quality and design.

  • Mike anonymous

    Does anyone else get a Ferrari 458 vibe from this?

  • LJ

    This still doesn’t feel right to me. I’m all for a bad ass mid engine sports car from Chevy, I just feel like it should be it’s own thing. Maybe simply call it the ZR1, and continue with a front engine Corvette.

    • ErnieB

      I agree.. especially since this mid engine vette doesn’t look like it’ll be priced for your “working man” like all front vettes have been. Keep the front engine as your mid range sports car and have this mid engine Vette as your halo car.. now if they plan on pricing it near what the current vette sells for then it’ll be huge— but don’t think it’ll cost less than $80k.

      • SgtBeavis

        Yea, I’ll be shocked if it cost less than $80K. I’d love to see a front engine model produced in parallel but let’s face facts, that isn’t likely to happen unless the front engine model uses platform sharing. I just don’t see the financial sense in it.

      • Mike Sinyaboot

        Completely agree. It is unbelievably expensive to develop a car from the ground up. VW estimates the development of an entirely new Golf generation at about $1.2 billion. In 2017, 6 of the top 20 corporate R&D spenders were auto makers:
        5th- VW at $12.1 billion
        11th- Toyota at $9.3 billion
        13th- GM at $8.1 billion up from $7.5 billion last year.
        15th- Ford at $7.3 billion
        16th- Daimler at $6.9 billion
        19th- Honda at $6.2 billion

        BMW spent $2.77 billion developing their iBrand. The i8 and i3 will never turn a profit. The technology developed for the iBrand (electric/hybrid powertrains and mass produced carbon fiber components) will be implemented in most new models from now on. The current 7-Series already features a carbon core which they highlight on the B pillar

        This is why many automakers are forming development partnerships. BMW and Toyota with the new Z4 and Supra. Aston Martin with its AMG engines. Ford and GM with their 9 and 10 speed transmissions. Ford alone is investing $1.6 billion in a plant for production of the 10 speed transmission.

        GM is entering uncharted territory with the mid-engine Vette and they are doing it alone. All previous Vettes have been evolutions of the previous model, keeping costs low. Seeing as they intend the mid-engine Vette to compete exotics, the R&D costs must be significant.

        I rambled for way too long here but all that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if it started just under $100k, priced similar to the Viper. The Z06 starts at $80k. I just built a highly optioned one on the configurator and it was $111k. I would imagine that they will offer a couple different powertrain options so that they can offer an slightly more affordable model but I can’t foresee this mid-engine Vette being affordable for the working man. It will be competitive with lower spec 911s. Hopefully, after several years of production as they recoup developmental costs and perfect the production process, they will be able to offer the car with a more affordable MSRP. It would be great if they simply created a Corvette brand of its own and offered a third model priced similarly to a highly optioned Mustang and Camaro.

  • LouInPA

    C7 runs a good blocker 😉

  • BlackPegasus

    Dat ass looks fat. Me likey 🤔

  • Bo Hanan

    I really want this to go well for GM. My fear is they will “muck it up.”
    To GM: Please excuse the old guard from the room and get some fresh blood in their whiles its not to late. And don’t use the Fiero-V6 as your benchmark.

  • FullBoreV8

    It reminds me of the Fiero GT.

  • Status

    That’s because it’s under camo; it’s not supposed to look good at any angle.

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