2020 Corvette C8: This Is What It’ll Look Like, And What Else To Expect

There’s just something about Chevrolet’s Corvette that gets the attention of enthusiasts from around the world. Could it be the American charm, savage attitude or stand-out styling? Sure, it hasn’t always been the most civilized of beasts compared to European rivals, but that’s all part of the allure, its antidote to the likes of Porsche and Ferrari.

However, big changes are coming, as the upcoming C8 version of one of the world’s longest running nameplates breaks from tradition to switch to a mid-engine layout for better balance and handling prowess.

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Does all that mean it will still look like a Corvette or something entirely diffirent? Let’s take an illustrated preview to find out.

Supercar Styling

Spy-shots of the next Corvette reveal a classic mid-engine profile. Fortunately for us, the camouflage is thin enough to envisage a fairly accurate illustration.

Frontal appearance is highlighted by conventional-shaped headlights (not too dissimilar to the ones used in the C6 Corvette), large corner intakes and a blacked-out middle section in place of a normal grille. Viewing from the side reveals large air intakes behind the doors, rakish windscreen and deeply sculptured bodywork. Oh, and a removable roof section is apparent too.

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Out back, the C8 has a uniquely curved rear spoiler, quad tailpipes (now located at the corners of the car as opposed to the current car that has them in the center) and a sleek see-through engine cover with vertical vents flanking the rear glass.

Brutish Performance

Borrowed from the C7 Stingray, the entry-level model will be equipped with an LT1 6.2-litre V8, pumping out around 500 hp. A 5.5-litre flat-plane crank V8 will appear at a later date in normally aspirated (with a rumored max rev speed of up to 9,000 rpm) and twin turbo formats. The former should be good for nearly 600 horses while the latter could produce up to 800 horsepower.

If that all sounds too timid, then a rumored hybrid powertrain could be just the ticket. Tipped to arrive in range-topping ZR1 guise, it could combine the twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 with a front-mounted electric motor. An all-wheel drive 1000hp monster? We can only hope.

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As for transmissions, we anticipate an eight-speed, dual-clutch auto to be equipped as standard, which will improve shift times and overall acceleration. It’s not certain that a manual will be offered, but General Motors have submitted a patent for a clever clutch-by-wire system, which could be C8-bound at a later date.

Body & Materials

Unlike Ford’s carbon-fibre monocoque GT, the next Corvette is likely to use an aluminum space frame. Fortunately, there will be strategic use of magnesium and carbon-fiber throughout to reduce the evil of all vehicles – that being weight.

Also expect lightweight composite panel technology from the current C7 to carryover, and a new active aero system to aid stability and handling at speed.

Supercar Rivals

By going mid-engine and twin-turbo hybrid, the next-generation Corvette has suddenly catapulted itself into a whole new arena of performance.

It will find itself competing against some seriously formidable competitors, from Detroit’s cross-town rival – Ford’s GT to the likes of Audi’s R8, Porsche 911, BMW i8, McLaren 570s, Nissan GT-R, Acura NSX, Ferrari 488, Jaguar F-Type SVR and Mercedes-AMG GT.

Launch Timing

Expect the C8 Corvette to possibly debut early as the 2019 Detroit Motor Show, with production starting later next year as an MY2020 offering. It’s been rumored that the current, C7 will continue to be offered alongside the C8 for an unspecified time.

What do you think of Chevrolet’s mid-engine aspirations for the Corvette? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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  • SpongeBob99Swell


    But the C-Pillar (rear quarter window) looks a little bit off in this render however… with what I’m seeing in the spy shots though, it seems like the C-Pillar will look more proportionate there… hopefully.

    Overall though, still looking forward to this. Now bring it on, GM! 🙂

  • KenjiK

    It’s ugly. Proportions look completely off.

    • Manuel Perez Cuevas

      It’s not really ugly , just nothing special . it should be a bit longer and the front a bit lower . The back looks to big and square . Right now at least I prefer the looks of the ZR1 .

    • Dennis Scipio

      I don’t think it looks that terrible.

  • StrangerGP

    Make it a bit longer and you can rename it to El Camino.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    i wish it won’t look like that,this is horrible!

  • SteersUright

    Rending is quite generous. The real one seems to be less svelte and more awkward. Also, shame I haven’t seen even one spy shot showing really nice wheels. Like showing up to a wedding in a tux and some beat up old flip flops.

  • NotBruce

    Bmw i8 is a supercar? That’s news, even to bmw.

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      Never heard of Hybrid supercars before?

      That’s news escalating quickly…

      • Manuel Perez Cuevas

        Never heard of the Porsche 918 ?

        • SpongeBob99Swell

          Yes, I have as a matter of fact.

          • Manuel Perez Cuevas

            Well its electric and gas engined

      • NotBruce

        Let me guess, like… A Porsche 918?

        Golly gee, nope.

        I mean 4.0 in the 0-60… That’s some real 2002 Corvette Z06 territory right there.

    • Manuel Perez Cuevas

      Maybe technologically but thats it .

  • Johnny Utah

    Renderings and actual production cars are NEVER EVEN CLOSE to the renderings. A 10 year old knows this.

    • rodriguez256

      I disagree. You can say they’re never exact but “never even close” is a bit of a stretch.

    • Manuel Perez Cuevas

      Sure hope your right .

    • nellydesign

      Renderings based on spy shots of uncladded cars can be quite accurate.

  • Blade t

    Wonder what the price difference will be with all these changes .

  • charlotteharry57

    Not hideous. I have nothing nice to say, so I’ll…except that it would be a good idea to keep the current one in production until they see how this goes. Especially with the huge price increase expected.


    The render is giving me 720 S flashes on the front clip.

    • ErnieB

      Yup.. first thing that popped into my head..

  • john1168

    This rendering looks great! I also think it’s at least about 95% accurate too. I still HATE that stupid rear spoiler/wing. Yes, it’s functional but it looks ridiculous! This rendering looks like the retractable hardtop version. I wonder if the coupe will have a removable targa panel???

  • getoffme

    No originality whatsoever

  • bhambadboy1

    The current ZR1 already out corners, out acclerates and out brakes most all of the super cars you have listed.

    • hillclimber

      But the ZR1 is very near its performance limits. Its about as far as you can go power wise and handling. The new platform allows lots of room for performance growth.

      • Ryan50

        That’s what they said 10 years ago

  • GobbleUp

    Looks bad.
    Too much Chevy in the front end.
    Uninspiring. Makes the NSX look good.

    • Manuel Perez Cuevas

      I just saw the present NSX in person and I was astonish how beautiful it looks in the real world . In photos it just so so .

      • ErnieB

        It does look nice doesn’t it

    • Rick Alexander

      The NSX DOES look good! It reminds me of the Audi R8 quite a bit. Pics don’t do it justice.

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  • RC

    Rendering doesn’t look anything like what we’ve seen. Wasted internet space

  • Bo Hanan

    The illustration doesn’t bother me. It actually calms me down a little. Additionally, it also doesn’t move the needle forward in any design award contender way either.
    Now I need to see the rear end, which I fear will be squared off and ugly.

  • Six_Tymes

    Who did this orange render? It’s very good.

  • Manuel Perez Cuevas

    It looks ok but nothing special , but let’s just wait to see how it really will look after it comes out . On the performance aspect it seems to be a monster capable of competing with the likes of Mclaren , Ferrari and others … I mean 1000 HP is no small feat .

  • OdysseyTag

    Looks like a car you’d find in a GTA or Burnout game.

    • enthusia

      lmao I was just about to say the exact same thing.

  • Roger X Cohn

    I think the front hood looks too long in the rendering. This makes the overall length really long. Not the cab forward look of an R8 or 488 or Huracan . This would upset that 50/50 balance. But let’s wait and see. They will definitely have to sell the C7 for a while after this comes out. It will be expensive and still have development problems. Probably 2022 before I would consider buying one if I’m still around then. And finish paying for my R8. Haha

  • kevin fay

    The only reservation I have is maintance issues if its like the GT40 just getting an oil changes is expensive 2000.00 + for what has to be done for access to motor on that car

  • Tony Bosworth

    If the C8 looks somewhere between this gold one and the orange one released earlier this week it will be a looker. IMHO GM engineers are as good as any. The C7 can run with or beat any of the rivals noted above on the track, even the drag strip with a ZR1. I look forward to the C8 being in the “Supercar” category with some limited production and equal engineering to what most categorize at Supercars! Some knucklehead will say a GM product can’t be a Supercar, but look out!!! They wouldn’t build it if it couldn’t compete and be better than the C7.

  • Harry_Wild

    Super narrow side windows. Even gun slits are wider. Not good! Heard rumors that muscle crowd put too much pressure on Corvette and it is only RWD. No AWD option.

  • Taylor Hile Maxwell Sr.

    ready to order

  • Kannag Don Amenra

    I see a bit of McLaren MP4-12C…

    • TAZnTPA

      Absolutely correct!

  • Zobeid

    What do I think? It’s too late. A mid-engine Corvette have made sense twenty years ago. In 2020 it’ll be facing off against the Tesla Roadster. Yeah, the Tesla will be much more expensive, but everyone will want it. Those who get a Corvette will be those who had to settle.

    And the rendering? It reminds me of a Lotus Evora. Which is an OK looking car, but not setting the world on fire.

  • Ron

    If this is what the C8 will look like. I like the side view but the back is way to square looking for me. But like anything else anything can be changed. I am sure race enthusiasts will be chomping at the bit for the Hybrid Twin Turbo putting out 1,000 H/.P. Now that’s catapults the Corvette into another world. Will be a big hit the first year out for sure.

  • Tabs Luther

    why does the back suck so much?

  • Vassilis

    I suspect it won’t be very pretty.

  • Craig

    The copper coloured rendering looks much better than the camouflaged ‘real thing’. It’s too short though to be ‘real’.

  • Stephen L Jones Jr

    The corvette has alway been in competition with a bunch of those cars listed. As a matter of fact it’s CHIEF rival is in the bunch.

  • ErnieB

    I think of all the renders this one looks the nicest.. I think it’ll be a great looking car in person.. at least the best looking Chevy .. god knows they are flopping every new design lately!

  • carlbolt

    That’s it?
    It’s a cheap imitation of exotic super car.

  • Rich Money

    rear fenders appear to have developed Elephantitus.

  • Brian Martinico

    I grew up in Detroit, family had many vetted from the 60s forward. This rendering does evoke the spirit of Corvette, it’s quite exotic looking, yet, maintains Corvette’s heritage design. Let’s see what it does on a track, then I will pass judgement.

  • BlackPegasus

    I just hope they get the tail light design right this time.

  • Anthony Jeffries

    It looks like a 488 pista or an 812 super fast but hey, they are both beautiful cars

  • Juan Alvarez

    How much? Yes, I can’t afford it.

  • TheMarvelous1310

    It just looks too chunky to me! The render looks sleek, smooth, especially in the back. The concept has a huge @$$, which I would normally like but I want Corvettes to be small! It looks bigger than the last one in every direction, which is all I need to hate it.

  • RayMC7

    I’ll buy it when it has a manual

  • Astonman

    If the rear of the car looks long, it’s because they probably designed a trunk back there to hold a set of golf clubs like the NSX. I remembered reading many, many years ago when head of the Corvette design team said the Corvette must have enough room for a set of golf clubs. Maybe they still hold to that mantra. .

  • Emery Walker

    Excellent rendering of a beautiful car. Now that Chevy won this years Championship in the IMSA GTLM class this past weekend, I can’t wait to see what this one is going to do next year. Great job!

  • nastinupe

    Nice Lotus.

  • nellydesign

    Looks like they plowed through the New York Times Bestseller, “How to Make a 500+hp Mid-Engined Sports Car Look Boring as Shit.”

    I’m sorry. The Z06 looks aggressive. This looks milquetoast. And the headlamps coming so close together at the front just looks dated.

  • Emoto

    It is going to be fun to see what this is like when it is finally released. I would love to see it outperform cars costing much more.

  • Six Thousand Times

    There will always be plenty of internet whingeing but this ought to be a fantastic car -hold the “hybrid.”

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Losing A LOT of faith here.

    Cancel it. Start over.

  • Thando_Gqabaza

    It’s the new Lotus !!!

  • Jerry Hightower

    As with all super duper vehicles……UGLY!

  • Infinite1

    Rendering looks really good

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