Bummer: 2020 Corvette C8 Reportedly Delayed 6 Months Over Electrical Issue

A couple of days ago, we learned directly from Chevrolet that the 2020 Corvette won’t debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

Not only that, the automaker said it would not host “a formal press event at NAIAS,” which is another way of saying that it won’t have any car debuts at the show. While Chevrolet hadn’t made any official announcement about a mid-engine Corvette Detroit world premiere in the first place, fans were obviously hoping for it.

GM’s recently-uncovered FCC key fob filing confirmed the C8 would launch as a 2020 model, fueling rumors of a Detroit debut. As it turns out, not even the hoped-for New York Auto Show world debut looks likely anymore. Furthermore, GM Authority has learned that the 2020 Corvette’s launch will be in fact delayed by about six months.

The reason for that is apparently an electrical problem. Unnamed sources familiar with the matter told the website that engineers have uncovered a “major electrical issue” with the mid-engine Corvette during the development process.

More specifically, the electrical system can’t handle the load necessary to support all of the car’s components. The only way to fix this unforeseen problem is to re-engineer the electrical system, and that will take some time. That’s mostly because the changes will have an impact on any associated equipment, and Chevy will need to further coordinate with suppliers in order to fix things.

The report says the redesign of the electrical system will delay the project by six months. While that’s not what we wanted to hear, the good news is GM might still be able to launch the Corvette C8 for the 2020 model year. However, a 2021 model year launch cannot be ruled out.

That said, here are some new renderings that might help sweeten the wait – including a fresh “walkaround video.”

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Photo credits: chazcron and bsdvavars for MidEngineCorvetteForum

  • Mike anonymous

    Ok these renderings are beginning to get silly. They aren’t even based off of what we are actually seeing on the roads or in the spy-shots anymore, (apart from a few obvious details) this seems to just be a different vehicle with a corvette badge entirely.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Better to delay it and get it right, instead of releasing it early and to recall all vehicles.

    • ksegg

      This is GM we’re talking about. Recall is inevitable.


      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        The Corvette historically has been pretty good though as far as reliability and recalls go though, aside from the cooling issue in the Z06.

        They’re pretty bulletproof as GM tests and beats the living s—t out of them before mass production.

        • lagunas3ca

          Is that why Z06 owners have brought a fourth class-action lawsuit against General Motors over the cooling system defect that forces the car to go into limp mode after 15 minutes of track use?

          • brn

            Um, he already mentioned that.

      • PK

        american cars in general. recalls are no stranger to them lol

        • John Smith

          Yeah, that because they don’t pass off most issues as if it’s a part of the ownership experience like exotic brands tend to do.
          ” Yes, Mr Alfa owner your dash should go blank every now and then.”

          • PK

            oops sorry i forgot to put the word “millions” of recalls.

        • brn

          Recalls are no stranger to imports too. Domestic manufacturers are no worse than imports for recalls. Never have been.

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          Yeah, VW doesn’t know anything about recalls, or Toyota……

          • PK

            american cars are the worst!

    • Thunderbolt

      how about recalling the renders, they’re ugly.

  • Craig

    ‘A major electrical issue’. Hmm…. I’ll let YOU buy the first one!

    • Bash

      Heck i’ll let them buy the entire first patch!

  • TheBelltower

    I guess there are many different ways we could look at this. But with all the years worth of teasers and daily news around this Vette, they’re making it seem as if they’re a startup that has never actually built a car before. GM had better take this extra six months to make this thing feel like a million bucks when it finally comes out.

  • Six_Tymes

    And… thats what good testing is for. glad they caught it before release. or I guess they could be like vw and sell pre-production cars.

    • LJ

      What are the dots for after “and”?

      • TheAmerican

        They are called periods. He happened to put three of them in a row right next to each other.

        • LJ

          Didn’t ask what they were, I asked what they were for. Seems random to throw them in there.

        • brn

          Which is also called an ellipsis.

        • Astonman


  • LJ

    Those exhaust outlets look terrible as is.

  • goodtoberight1

    I told Chevy not to have Lucas provide the electrics in the new Vette.

  • alexxx

    Am I the only one to see Ferrari 458 at a first glance ?!

    • Bash

      Nope. ??

      • alexxx

        Thought I was going crazy???

    • Kwikcilva

      I see a la ferrari front fused with an Acura/Honda NSX rear

  • Emoto

    There certainly seems to be no shortage of people making up renderings. I just hope that the Corvette team has autonomy and is not forced to echo the styling of the Impala/Malibu/Cruze front ends in any way!

  • Mr. EP9

    Fine. But please, no months worth of articles and spy shots. We don’t need a repeat of the Supra or NSX.

    • brn

      Agreed. I stopped clicking on teaser articles a long time ago, but it still bugs me.

    • ksegg

      Hey did you know the new Supra is coming out?



  • Tabs Luther

    this design looks very stale already

    • nastinupe

      How? It looks a lot like a LaFerrari. That’s a $3 million dollar car.

  • carlbolt

    The Detroit Autoshow, the so-called NAIAS is rapidly degraded into an irrelevant, endangered, no-new-debut and nobody-cared event, which well reflects the fall of the American auto industry.

  • carlbolt

    Just make it an EV, this is also inline with company’s long term planning.

  • john1168

    Well that sucks… But at least they found the problem now and not after production which would have been a very expensive recall.

  • Could this be Sabotage!? I’m kinda getting that smell—anyone else detect the reek of an ‘inside job’??

  • ksegg

    The more I look at this design, the more ridiculous it becomes.

    It has the rear of an Aventadore, body of a McLaren, and styling of Ferrari.

    It just looks a horrible joke car………something the Chinese would do.

    Why on EARTH is GM going this route?

    • Agreed. Corvette always had a unique look. A good look, and lately with excellent performance and mechanics. Making it so generic ruins the whole concept.

  • Richard Alexander

    What if a MASSIVE global recession forces GM to kill the program…..just like the last time the mid engine Corvette was supposed to debut in 2008? Then I would finally be convinced that the mateix has run out of ideas…..

    • Ken Lyns

      You mean the recession that’s coming in late 2019, just in time for the C8’s debut?

      • Richard Alexander

        Or, judging by the leverged loan market, has started already….. 😉

  • PK

    gm’s and fords are the worst!

  • NCC 1701-C Dodge Stealth R/T

    Is poorly made Chinese parts the problem? Stop using them, stop outsourcing, invest in yourselves, for quality control and reputation.

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