Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette Won’t Premiere At Detroit Auto Show

We’ve known for quite some time that the long-awaited, mid-engine, C8 Chevrolet Corvette will premiere next year. While no official announcement has been made, many expected the supercar to premiere at the Detroit Auto Show 2019 in January. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

Carscoops contacted the automaker about its plans for the event, specifically whether or not the C8 Corvette will premiere at the show. Chevrolet’s official response is the company “will not be hosting a formal press event at NAIAS”. To put simply, the company won’t be launching any new vehicles at the show.

With Detroit officially off the cards, there are just a few options left for the C8 Corvette’s launch. Most likely is the New York Auto Show, scheduled for the second half of April. Alternatively, Chevrolet could decide to blindside us all and launch the new mid-engine Corvette at an auto show outside of the United States, perhaps in an attempt to broaden the international appeal of an all-new supercar. If that were the case, March’s Geneva Motor Show would be the most likely candidate.

No matter when Chevrolet decides to launch the new Corvette, we’re unlikely to be overly surprised by what we see. After all, a multitude of prototypes have been spied testing in recent months and expert rendering artists have provided us with an excellent idea of what the supercar will look like.

According to recent reports, there will be three variants of the C8 Corvette offered. One of these, the ‘GT’, will allegedly use Cadillac’s 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 and be sold as a rival to the Mercedes-AMG GT. A performance-focused ‘Grand Sport’ could then be offered with a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine pumping out upwards of 800 hp.

Separate reports have claimed that a twin-turbo V8 hybrid with 1000 hp is also on the cards.

Opening rendering copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • Craig

    Try as I might… I don’t care about this car. And who knows… GM might decide next week to cancel it.

  • Mr. EP9

    Boo.

  • AntBee

    So far, it looks like a mash-up of the original Acura NSX and a Ferrari 458. I will have to see it without the camo, as this gives me no indication of what the final shape of the car will be. So far, I am not seeing the “Coke Bottle” shape at all.

  • kDawg

    It’s so ugly that it shouldn’t be premiering anywhere. This looks like a cheap kit car. I feel sorry for GM.

  • Stephen G

    So who spread the fake news that the new Corvette would debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show? Could I get a GM confirmation that it will or will not debut at the new Dunkin’ Donuts opening in February…just to make sure cuz I am kinda hoping.

  • no25

    this is becoming worse than the supra. show or it don’t! we don’t care anymore

  • Jason Miller

    If it looks anything like the renders, don’t really care.

  • john1168

    AAARRRRGGGGG!!!! I can’t wait for the reveal! I don’t like the wording of their statement, “will not be hosting a press event at NAIAS”. Does that mean only Detroit or could that mean the entire NAIAS series for 2019? Hopefully it means only Detroit. Hopefully we’ll see it at the NY show.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    As long as Chevy doesn’t milk the announcement for it like Toyota and Honda did with the new Supra and NSX…

  • I REMEMBER WHEN THEY INTRODUCED THE C7 AT THE NY CAR SHOW. THE HUNG IT ON THE WALL. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03c04c4caac41df0c15e8727f25c500ab8995a3629305ee23ead4db2b6636ed7.png

    • john1168

      I remember that as well. Heck, I was probably standing right next to you 😃

      • HA, COULD HAVE BEEN. WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR CAR SHOW WAS IT SEEMED GM WAS JUST AN AFTER THOUGHT, NO OLDS AND NO PONTIAC. I THINK BUICK WAS IN THE BASEMENT.

  • MarketAndChurch

    lol

  • MarketAndChurch

    That’s actually a a bummer. Was looking for Chevy to have a strong presence at Detroit after being kind of absent from LA. I guess they’re waiting for NYC.

  • ejd1984

    June 30, 2019 at the Corvette Museum?

    “The first generation of Corvette was introduced late in the 1953 model year. Originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, it generated enough interest to induce GM to make a production version to sell to the public. First production was on June 30, 1953.”

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