2020 Mid-Engine Corvette C8: Feast Your Eyes On It From Every Angle In 120+ Photos

This is our first proper look at the upcoming next-generation Corvette, as a test car showed up at the Nurburgring without wearing the black covers previously applied.

The car remains covered in full-body wrap but it’s the first time we get to see a lot of design details of the mid-engined Corvette.

Where do we start? The front end appears really sharp and aggressive, with the bumpers giving us a Lamborghini vibe while the headlights seem to adopt a curvy L-shape that follows the lines of the bonnet.

The highlight on the sides is of course that massive air scoops for the engine bay while it appears there are a few character lines present for a more muscular shape. It looks clean and dynamic, but with the camo on it’s risky to jump on conclusions.

The rear end tries to throw us off with the use of Camaro taillights instead of the finished items. The rear window over the engine is accompanied by two sets of air outlets while underneath the lights there’s also another pair of them. Also notice the shape of the small fixed wing.

In the latest batch of photos that we received today, we also got a peek inside, but the dashboard was too heavily covered to make out any details.

There have been reports talking about the new Corvette using a range of active aero elements, as well as focusing on lightweight materials, including aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium and of course fiberglass.

The engine range will include a few options, starting with an upgraded version of the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that is said to produce around 500hp. Many unconfirmed rumors also talk about Chevy adding a new flat-plane crank V8 that’s going to be offered in both naturally aspirated and twin-turbo guises. The same rumors say that the former could offer as much as 600hp, while the twin-turbo version will push close to 800hp.

Chevrolet however won’t stop there as they’re also planning of combining the aforementioned twin-turbo V8 with a front-mounted 200hp electric motor, making the C8 Corvette a 1000hp all-wheel drive beast.

*Update 5 – the onslaught of images continues, with our spies this time spotting the mid-engine Corvette on the Nurburgring

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Photo credits CarPix and S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops.com

  • Nordschleife

    The front is giving me Ferrari 360 Modena vibes which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I see more Ferrari overall with a Chevy backend but that’s just my first thoughts upon seeing this camouflaged car. I am sure it will look Vette ish when released.

    • Shobin Drogan

      I also thought of a 360 Modena. I hope the end product looks more interesting though. I feel like the body shape is a bit on the dull side.

      • Bo Hanan

        Squaring off the rear end like the C7 was a bad idea. And the sharknose looks vulnerable too. Profile looks odd from certain angles.

        Kudos to the photographer.

  • LJ

    Looks like a generic mid engine Ferrari from 10 years ago.

    • dumblikeyou2

      LJ says: “Looks like a generic mid engine Ferrari from 10 years ago.”

      10 years ago when I purchased my first Ferrari, I ordered it with the generic option so that ya know, I would blend.

      • LJ

        Makes sense. You seem like a person people don’t notice.

        • Bob

          The burn. I can smell it from here.

        • dumblikeyou2

          Oh, this must be you not noticing me and then responding. duh

          • LJ

            We notice your stupidity.

          • dumblikeyou2

            When you say “we” is it all the voices in your head, or the numerous rouge profiles you use to vote yourself up? creepy

          • LJ

            Just one profile seems to do the trick.

  • fabri99

    That is a Mitsuoka Orochi.

    • ChrisInIL

      Minus the Bubba Gump chin spoiler and other ridiculous body panel treatments.

  • Six Thousand Times

    They’ve been teasing us since the early ‘70s and now it’s almost here.

  • StrangerGP

    Looks way too long and boring unless the camo is somehow masking all the cool design quirks.

    • SteersUright

      Was just thinking that. Why does it looks so long with a mile long wheelbase too? Overhangs far too big.

  • kachuks

    Preliminary opinion, but it needs a tad more curvaceous lines.

  • MarkoS

    So far it is looking much better than any of the renderings. Yes there are obvious ques to other rear-engine sports cars, but the format largely dictates it. I think the car will be very special when introduced and will obviously be a Corvette. Now, if Chevy can get the fit/finish and interior materials and design down for a car on this level is the real question. If so, it will have something game changing. Me, I would still like to see GM continue with a long hood front engine Corvette GT in addition to the Zora dropping the Chevy badging all together making Corvette a sub-brand.

  • SteersUright

    Front looks good, NSX or Modena like. The mid-section is the cars best feature, with the dramatic intake and curves. The boxy rear looks beyond atrocious, a hodgepodge of current Corvette and Camaro design elements that seem incongruous with the rest of the car. I hope there’s a lot of cladding on it to disguise what it really look like because in these photos it seems so angular back there and like it almost has a Cadillac fin thing going on.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    is it me or they grabbed a 458 Italia and redesigned front and rear bumpers?

  • Bash
    • eb110americana

      No, that is not it. And I have the same color (blue-green chameleon) as the top one, but mine is the later 1998 LS1 refresh, and a Trans Am. There is something that looks much closer. I think a mid-engine exotic, but I cannot put my finger on it.

  • Harry_Wild

    Looks like a 20 year old Ferrari supercar! Still has the camouflage paint so it takes away from it actual appearance. I like it at so far!

  • Looks like a screwed up Honda NSX.

  • Mikestroh

    The front overhang looks too short. The rear qtrs looks disportionate to me. Maybe it’s the camo…..but not really feeling the looks of this vehicle so far. I will withhold final thoughts until the vehicle is revealed. So far…..not feeling that great about it so far though…..sigh.

  • Zandit75

    This looked better with the heavier camo.

  • Jhon electron

    R8-ish… thumbs down chevy…

    • Big Black Duck

      far from an R8

  • Craig

    It will be interesting to see how NSX-like this Corvette feels. [I’m talking the original NSX]

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It looks right! Very right.

  • Astonman

    Here’s some renderings done a few weeks back of what it may look like. One’s from Automobile magazine and the other from Car Lifestyle.

  • Six_Tymes

    whoa, looking very good, so far. glad it retained its identity

  • john1168

    I hope it doesn’t come with that silly looking rear wing… It looks pretty bad. Maybe this is a base C8? Where’s the active aero? Otherwise the car looks great!

  • Infinite1

    Ferrarri front end with McLaren side.

  • Mind Synthetic

    its not going to be a looker thats all i can guess

  • Jerry Hightower

    What, GM designers can’t come up with something different instead of copying others.

  • glennsmooth

    Oh, where to begin. Front looks too busy and 90s-ish with all the odd holes, side intakes look glued on. Overall too many creases and folds and angles. Fake rear spoiler. Hoping this isn’t the final body work. If so saving up for Performante.

  • FlameWater

    If it’s priced under $100k this could be huge

    • john1168

      Rumor has it the C8 will start somewhere around $60 to 70 K for the base model and top out at around $150 to $160K for the 1000hp hybrid model.

      • ErnieB

        Hold up.. $70k for a mid engine “exotic” looking car? That will sell like hot cakes.. it’s starting to look a whole lot sexier..lol

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