Mid-Engine 2020 Corvette C8 Looks Good From All Angles In New Renders

The cat is out of the bag and the long-awaited Chevrolet C8 Corvette is set to premiere sometime this year. As we eagerly await the launch of the car, we’ve stumbled on some new renderings of it.

Both renderings come from the Mid Engine Corvette Forum and the first one is an animated GIF that shows the C8 pulling alongside a current C7 Z06, providing us with an interesting look at how similar the key proportions of the car may be.

While it’s impossible to know for sure, it seems apparent that the wheelbase will be very similar to the C7. Additionally, the height of the roof, beltline and grille are all very similar. Owing to the fact that the C8 is mid-engined, it has a shorter front end and an elongated rear compartment where you’ll find the engine.

The other two renderings show how the C8 Corvette will most likely look when viewed from above with its doors open. What’s particularly eye-catching about these renderings is that they show just how dramatic some of the supercar’s body lines will be, particularly those that stretch from the top of the front bumper diagonally along the hood. Other nice details include a carbon splitter, carbon rear diffuser, and carbon rear spoiler.

According to our sources, the C8 Corvette will be based around an aluminum space frame that uses carbon fiber and magnesium in its construction. The entry-level C7 Corvette Stingray could be replaced by a 500 hp C8 with a 6.2L naturally-aspirated V8 and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s also claimed that a 5.5-liter V8 will be offered in naturally-aspirated and twin-turbo guises with power range from 600 hp to 800 hp. The C8 Corvette range could be topped off by a hybrid, twin-turbo V8 model pumping out some 1000 hp.

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  • Netsphere

    you mean looks dated? its like its early to mid 2000s all over again

    • Julien Lachemoi

      From the start the majority of car enthusiasts seem to love the look of the differents renders and I’m like “this looks like an attempt at a sport car by an unknown car manufacturer from 2005”.
      I feel lonely on this.

  • Nordschleife

    I wonder if this is supposed to be a take on the 40th anniversary Corvette color. The front of this render looks great to me. The rear, not so much.

  • xDRAN0x

    It looks late to the game for all that I can see.

  • MarkoS

    Say what you will folks, it looks great thus far. I am not sure what people are expecting.

  • KenjiK

    Doesn’t look good at all IMO. Proportions are completely off.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    I admit that GM has done themselves no favors over the years, but the immediate GM hate for anything they do can get a bit thick at times.

    We all know this thing is going to outperform cars 3x it’s price.

    I for one am thrilled at the notion that a hi-po mid engine sports car will exist that I can potentially afford (🤞🏾).

    • Galaxium

      I agree. I’ve always preferred the Viper over the Vette, but this thing will with no doubt beat cars that are far more expensive in the hypercar range.

    • Lothar Zogg

      Exactly. This is a huge step for “modern” GM… and all these wannabes can do is complain.

      This will eat 911s, R8s, M3s and Italian cuisine for lunch, at a fraction of the price.

      • ctk4949

        You really think its going to cost $70K(M3)?? The ZR1 starts at $120K!!

        This will probably be over $150K

        • Lothar Zogg

          I believe Lutz, who thinks it’ll be only $5K premium over the current C7 Base Corvette for the N/A 6.2L in base trim. At close to 500 HP that will be a formidable machine.

          Naturally the twin turbo and Blackstar versions with all the usual brake and suspension upgrades will be serious money.

          Keep in mind that this is supposed to replace ALL C7 versions, so can’t start at $125K for the entry level.

  • ErnieB

    No one really knows what it’ll actually look like.. this render is not best. The C7 looks damn good though next to the C8 though .

  • Emoto

    It is nice that people with rendering skills take the time to make up another new version of the C8. It is a made up fake thing, but still fun to see. Once the real thing shows up, it will be fun to see how close the renderings were.

  • carlbolt

    No, thanks GM. Before it only had engine failure, now it’ll have all kinds electric failures plus engine failure.

  • Tabs Luther

    This is really a missed opportunity for GM. I know a corvette is one of the best performance per dollar deals in automobiles, but it looks cheap, plasticky, and uninspired. This car is supposed to go against ferraris and lambos, but pretty much looks the same. That back end is a complete mess. I can honestly say if a Korean manufacturer were producing a car like this, and in the future they will, it would be far more interesting to look at.

    • ErnieB

      But this is a computer generated render. It’s going to look a little plasticky because it’s not real.

    • Lothar Zogg

      You’re right, Tabs. Stick with your Hyundai…

  • Defend 2nd Amendment

    As long as GM has union workers building their cars, it will still have poor quality. And let’s not kid ourselves, this car will still be on the low end of the scale when it comes to super cars and will not be taking sales away from Ferrari nor Lamborghini anytime soon.

    • Lothar Zogg

      You realize that Italy and Germany have trade unions, right? ‘Cause you seem sort of oblivious to that fact…

      • TheBelltower

        If you’ve ever seen inside a German assembly plant, it’s unlikely you’ll see anyone wearing jorts, Skechers and a Simpsons t-shirt. UAW workers are slobs, get stoned at lunch and look like they were raised under high voltage power lines.

        • Lothar Zogg

          Dunno, looks like “jorts” to me…

          https:// youtu . be/xaIiZMR0xAE?t=92

          • Bonzomatic

            Dang, the link doesn’t work.

      • Defend 2nd Amendment

        You obviously have not looked at the build quality of German cars vs what GM is putting out.

        • Lothar Zogg

          Have you SAT in a GM product lately?

          My late model 3-series is a conglomeration of badly sourced, bought-to-a-budget crap. All four window regulators are shot, the windshield cowl seal has turned to mush in a few years, the switchgear is failing and the engine already has blow-by… plus one turbo’s gone bad. Failed water pump.

          “German Build quality”? Not in this century, although I like my old C107 and W126. Everything since W210 is junk.

        • Bonzomatic

          I’m not sure you have. My last car was a Buick Regal GS. My current car is an Audi S5. I never had a problem with the Buick over the 4 years that I owned it. I’m already having issues with the Audi…

    • Mark Seven-Ultranine

      Defend the 1st Amendment first.

      • Defend 2nd Amendment

        Obviously, my original point went over your head as no one is stopping what you are implying.

        • Mark Seven-Ultranine

          What militia are you a member of?

    • Ed

      There is a high probability that this GM hot rod will run Ferraris off the road…at a fraction of the cost…and look good doing it.
      Having said that, would it be better is GM was working on more efficient, air-cleaning vehicles?

      • Defend 2nd Amendment

        Again, the performance may be there but still will be a poorly built car. Apparently, many here have exceptionally poor reading comprehension.

    • Bonzomatic

      Can you afford a Ferrari? If not, why trash a car that you might actually be able to afford? I’m no fan of Unions either, but build quality is so much better now that big chunks of the manufacturing process are becoming automated. I just don’t understand this mentality of comparing a car that might actually be attainable to one that you could probably only buy a poster of.

      • Defend 2nd Amendment

        The point is thus country doesn’t have the talent to build world class cars. And yes, I can afford Ferraris. Not to trash talk any manufacturer but to point out the obvious.

  • drbpor

    Fat chicks rule

    • cbATL

      Father O’Malley is that you?

  • Bo Hanan

    Does it need to look like a Corvette with the engine in the back or could Chevy take some styling chances here and possibly create something special? And I say that knowing its an established car. And I say that knowing they’re going after a new type of buyer.

  • Mark Seven-Ultranine

    Here’s a thought to those of you bashing the Corvette. Don’t buy one. If you hate Vettes so much, why are you even reading this article?

    • Julien Lachemoi

      Do you only comment about the things you like ?

      • Mark Seven-Ultranine

        There’s a difference between reasoned criticism and ill-informed commentary.

    • TheBelltower

      Everyone wants it to be amazing. However, we’ve all seen how GM works. With headquarters in Detroit, and being built in Bowling Green, the Corvette doesn’t seem like it has chance at being anything more than bargain basement performance. I would be happy to be proven wrong.

      • Bonzomatic

        So affordable performance that almost matches that of supercars is a bad thing? That’s what those of us who like the Corvette don’t understand. The haters can’t afford a Ferrari, but still trash talk a car that has nearly the same performance which they might actually be able to afford. Makes sense…

        • TheBelltower

          Okay sure. Whatever you want to believe. A base $60k Corvette doesn’t offer anything close to supercar performance. Perhaps it could match a California from nine years ago. A higher performance model can approach six figures. And it will still be a car that’s been designed in Detroit and built in Kentucky.

  • TheBelltower

    The good thing is that GM is not releasing tons of annoying “teaser” shots. It’s better to have renderings from third-party artists to keep people interested and chattering online. But eventually, GM will have to show us this damned thing. It’d better be insanely cool. Chevy can’t handle a Supra-style let down.

  • MultiKdizzle

    It makes me realize how awesome the current Corvette looks.

    It doesn’t seem to get the admiration it’s due.

  • StrangerGP

    No it doesn’t. Looks like a kitcar made to have your own Ferrari lookalike.

  • Bonzomatic

    I still think this will not be a full replacement for the Corvette (at first). I believe Chevy will offer it as a special limited production version, but the the traditional FR variant will remain the primary option.

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