Insider Claims C8 Corvette To Be Called ‘Manta Ray’, Be Available In 3 Versions

Another day, another ‘insider’ (with or without quotation marks) claiming to have exclusive information on the upcoming C8 Corvette pops up. This time a user on the Corvette Forum says that the new Corvette will be called the ‘Manta Ray’, and that GM has a plan to revolutionize the model’s lineup.

Granted, we take this with a healthy grain of salt, yet forum member ‘unlimitedPower’ says that GM is going to add two distinct high-end variations next to the base C8 Corvette: the Grand Tour and the Grand Sport.

The Grand Tour version will be a more luxurious derivative, designed with the help of Cadillac. The plush version of the C8 Corvette will feature things like acoustic glass, heavy sound deadening and special wheels and tires in order to make the new Corvette a “true cross-country tourer”.

The GT version of the C8 Corvette will allegedly be powered by Cadillac’s latest 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 unit, which will have its turbos moved to the sides of the engine block. The same source added that GM benchmarked the Corvette GT against German luxury GTs from Mercedes and BMW and that the engine itself is said to be the quietest V8 ever offered by GM.

As for the Grand Sport, it will play the role of the performance flagship in the range and will be offered with different optional packages, depending on how track-oriented you want your C8 Corvette to be.

The C8 Corvette Grand Sport will be powered by a “beastly” twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 (which other reports suggest it will produce 800hp) that has already delivered promising results in private track sessions. The insider says that the car has dominated both “the Germans and Italians” on track, referring to the first-year Grand Sport and not to the future track-focused versions.

Base versions of the C8 Corvette will be powered by an updated LT1 V8 with around 520hp and 485lb-ft of torque. A new dual-clutch automatic transmission will be the only powertrain option across the whole range.

Whether these claims are true or not, we can’t tell. Some details do seem plausible, but we’ll probably have to wait until GM decides to reveal the 2020 C8 Corvette, which is expected sometime next year.

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  • Six_Tymes

    I like the name, but why have 3 versions from launch? I can see 2 maybe, but then again what do I know, maybe buyers need a larger selection.

  • eb110americana

    Manta Ray sounds good, and works with Sting Ray, if the two are sold concurrently. I don’t buy the engine lineup though. GM already said the Blackwing V8 will be exclusive to Cadillac. And having 6.2L LT2 (520hp), 4.2tt Blackwing (??hp), 5.5tt (800hp), 5.5t-Hybrid (1000hp–from another insider) seems like too many engines for one low volume model. The current Vette has the LT1, LT4, and LT5, but they are all based on the same 6.2L LT architecture. I am thinking LT2, and the 5.5tt V8 will be there. For other states of tune, they can probably tweak the boost pressure on the 5.5tt. Maybe there will be a 5.5L without the turbos to replace the LT2 at some point.

    • TheAmerican

      So maybe Cadillac will have the GT, that would explain the Caddy fob key.

      • eb110americana

        It could be, but if so, they have done an incredible job disguising the prototypes which have been seen innumerable times in C8 Corvette form. I suspect that Cadillac is using all its funds to replace the ATS and CTS with the CT4 and CT5, plus the recent launch of the XT4, developing the next Escalade on the new platform, and producing an XT6 and/or XT3.

    • john1168

      I personally think the 520hp 6.2L LT1/2 is going in the updated C7 Sting Ray and the base Manta Ray will have a n/a 5.5L, with a twin turbo 5.5L (800hp) being the mid level version and the hybrid 5.5TT awd being the top level.

      • Astonman

        very plausible

      • Matteo Tommasi

        I don’t se the hybrid coming, it’ too much if you look at the competitors (and very expensive)

        • john1168

          The 1000hp awd hybrid will be expensive. I’ll bet it will cost around the $250k to $300k range….If they make it.

          • Matteo Tommasi

            If it comes, I see more a $750k as a price tag for the power and tech
            $300k will be the 800 hp non-hybrid, 200k the n.a. v8

  • john1168

    Awesome! I can’t wait for this Vette to come out. I just hope one of those three versions doesn’t have that stupid looking spoiler on the rear. I wanna see active aero!

    • WHEN THE C7 WAS FIRST RELEASED THERE WERE A FEW PICTURES WITHOUT THE SPOILER. TRY AS I MIGHT I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIND THEM. THERE ARE SUBTLE DESIGN CUES UNDER THAT SPOILER THAT MAKES THE REAR SO MUCH MORE ACCEPTABLE. I ALWAYS HATED THE SLICED OFF REAR OF THE LAST COUPLE GENERATIONS.

      • john1168

        Now that you mention it, I remember seeing something like that too. I assumed it was just the heavy camo covering the rear spoiler but another site (or maybe it was this one) mentioned that it could have been hiding the active aero or something. I think a movable wing, like that found on the Ford GT, would have been WAAAAYY better for this Vette. And maybe that’s kind of what they’ll use on the version without the goofy spoiler. It would retract down close to the body and the heavy camo could cover it easily… and maybe that’s what we saw earlier. In addition, it’s been pointed out that there will be a retractable hard top/spyder version too.

        • THE PHOTOS I WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS THE C7. WHEN IT WAS FIRST RELEASED IT WAS AVAILABLE W/O THE SPOILER. MY BEETLE HAS A HIDDEN ELECTRIC SPOILER SO I DON’T KNOW WHY A HIGH END CAR WOULDN’T.

        • I FOUND A COUPLE PHOTOS THAT SHOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT…ALMOST. THESE STILL HAVE A TINY SPOILER BUT YOU CAN SEE THE SUBTLE DETAIL OF THE GREENHOUSE TAPERING TOWARDS BACK.
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82d5b9b8e4061716492b0eaa89e2cc45f70e0165a0ff2e7621faa1148a6401cc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3cee2eef4a2948ec902d89a359e2add06bf688d315a9905e1eb1e853e42b8a0.jpg

          • john1168

            Sorry, I read your comment too quickly and assumed we were talking about the C8. Yes, there are subtle design elements that are lost with the rear spoiler installed on the 7. Also, which I was never crazy about, was at the front of the spoiler, there appears to be a rather large gap where it meets with the spoiler on the outer parts. I’m sure there’s an aerodynamic reason for this but I can’t figure it out. It doesn’t look that good to me though. And the rear wicker bill spoiler on the Z06 just looks hideous, is inefficient and takes away from the overall nice look of the shape of the 7 as well. I remember when the 7 came out, a lot of people felt the same way, that they didn’t like the sliced off rear end look.

  • Jay

    So if the new model has a different name will there still be another corvette 🤔..

    • Denzel

      This generation was called the stingray but we just go by C7 or Corvette

  • charlotteharry57

    GM needs to be careful, because this is beginning to get on nerves like the Supra. Just introduce the darn thing already.

    • Zandit75

      Do you seriously want to see what is under the camo??

    • Aquineas

      Agree that the Supra intro has been bleeping annoying.

    • Shobin Drogan

      But GM didn’t tease anyone about the c8, people are just leaking info of the cars.

  • ErnieB

    Don’t think this will be as bad as everyone thinks it will be..

    • Bo Hanan

      I DO NOT believe any of what I just read.

  • Denzel

    I wonder if they should have kept the front engine layout. Could have pushed the engine more to the middle. As well as evolve the design for better airflow. Porsche been doing rear engine for years and still one of the best sports cars out there. To be honest every italian or German auto maker that competes in this segment as sticked with their rear to midship design for years.

  • shepardcare

    another C8 article speculating what the C8 will be. GM has confirmed none of the details being given daily by many different sources. Not even confirmed it will be a vette and not a caddy , or possibly a new nameplate altogrther. One week they have manual, next week they don’t, followed up by several different versions, engines. horsepower. All speculative and not factual at all. I personally doubt the bowling green will purge the front engine vette in favor of a six digit mid engine that would reduce their sales and ownership drastically.
    Should just wait to see what actually gets released because nobody has s clue what it is and wont until GM makes formal release.

    • Stephen G

      Maybe the Corvette line-up will include both front & mid-engine models.

      • shepardcare

        Stephen. That would make the most sense in my opinion. I just can’t see them risking a proven market where the only accomplishment would be to have a copy of a McClaren which would not appeal to that market as it would be too new and too American. I would like to see a high end mid engine, but not at the sacrifice of the corvette.

      • john1168

        It will.

  • Mr. EP9

    You mean the same “insider” who claimed on a that same forum this thing will be somewhere around $170,000? Yeah, uh-huh, sure, whatever. This is just mindless speculation and rumors based off of idle hearsay and you’re running with it.

  • Mike Phillips

    I hope it’s not actually that orange monstrosity. That looks like an NSX with downs syndrome. I don’t know whats going on, but more and more I’m appalled by automotive design across nearly all car manufacturers lately. They need to go back and study earlier designs to remember what made cars look attractive. I’m seeing too many awkward shapes and proportions, broken lines, and needless bloating. What happened to the clean and elegant design languages of the 90s? They’re trying way too hard to make cars look aggressive and futuristic, and forgetting about the flowing body lines that made some cars so attractive to so many people.

    • donald seymour

      Please stop… Laughing out Loud.

  • Emoto

    Huh. I just speculated about it being called a Manta-Ray in a comment on another article, a few minutes ago. I pulled that name our of my…. well, you know. Would be funny if I accidentally guessed the real name. Although, on second thought, Manta does not sound as aggressive as Sting, and I can’t see them giving it a less aggressive sounding name than the existing car…

  • Kevin Tay

    Stingray, then Manta Ray, what’s next, Xray?

  • john1168

    This “insider” sure is releasing a lot of information. Not saying it isn’t true, just curious as to why. He can’t really take any credit for releasing the info because if GM ever finds out who this guy is, he’s gonna be GM’s financial bitch.

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