2020 Corvette C8 Is Reportedly So Powerful That It Breaks Itself

General Motors has remained tight-lipped about the 2020 Corvette C8, but a new report is suggesting the model has been delayed for three separate issues.

According to Hagerty, the Corvette is one of several upcoming vehicles that will use a new electrical architecture. Engineers are reportedly having problems with the architecture and it’s taking them longer than expected to iron out all the issues.

The second problem reportedly impacts high-performance variants which are equipped with a new twin-turbo V8 engine that is claimed to produce between 900 hp (671 kW / 912 PS) and 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1014 PS). While the engine doesn’t seem to be an issue, the massive power output is reporting causing a “structural distortion of the aluminum spaceframe.” The problem is reportedly bad enough that it’s breaking the glass in the hatch covering the engine.

The final issue is a bit more mysterious, but the publication says designers and engineers are having a disagreement about something on the model. There’s no word on what the issue is, but Hagerty suggests possibilities could include everything from visibility complaints to ergonomic problems with the Corvette’s radically different interior.

Despite the issues, the publication speculates the 2020 Corvette could be unveiled this summer. That’s not official at this point, but they believe the debut could be timed to coincide with the National Corvette Museum’s 25th anniversary which kicks off on August 28th.

Regardless of when and where the Corvette is unveiled, the base model is expected to use an upgraded 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces at least 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS). The entry-level variant is slated to retain the Stingray moniker and we can expect higher performance models to follow in the future.

  • Six_Tymes

    it sure isnt the first time a newly designed super car, or in the case now “hyper car” has engineering issues to be worked out.

    • SteersUright

      It surely is the first time I’ve heard a near-production prototype is “twisting its chassis and breaking its rear glass”.

      • Bo Hanan


  • kachuks

    You know what they say about buying the first model year of a new design.

  • Marshall Boyce

    The Corvette has visibility issues, but the Camaro was released without a problem?

    • donald seymour

      You Preaching.

  • Hot Twink
    • McFly

      Unfortunately, that’s an argument built into the organisation in many companies.

  • ErnieB

    You know what this means… expect it in 2025 at least..

  • dumblikeyou2

    A +$500,000 ecoboost. Real super.

    • LJ

      An eco boost that walks away from 99% of other cars in a race.

      Yes, it is real super.

      • dumblikeyou2

        Okay, enjoy your rental car engine.

        • LJ

          That “rental car engine” embarrasses your ZR1’s supercharged V8 at the drag strip.

          The car it’s in also won’t fall apart when you turn it on.

          • dumblikeyou2

            You embarrass yourself with comparing a supposed supercar with an everyday sports car.

          • LJ

            You embarrass yourself with each comment you make.

          • dumblikeyou2

            Haha. A “super car” with rental-grade interior and a yearly production of 250 versus a sports car with a yearly production of 25-35K and you made that comparison unabashedly. That’s classic fanboy material right there. 🙂

          • LJ

            None of what you said, changes any of what I’ve said.

          • dumblikeyou2

            The funniest thing is how you keep engaging the conversation. Respect. Thanks

    • TheAmerican2point0

      It has 647 horsepower, not 900. Chevy’s Camaro can handle 650 just fine, and the ZR1 seven hundred whatever the number is.

  • Bo Hanan

    Hype! I doubt it has 900HP. However, I do believe that whatever the “real” HP is, the car was not designed properly to handle it. That would be the GM I know.

    • javier

      i thought the mega power variant would have electric motors up front to better distribute power

  • eb110americana

    Is the engineering/designer issue that the rear wing (and flat rear end overall) looks like crap?

    Also, to all you acting like this is damning info: this is why they do development testing on prototypes. To develop them in the real world under the most extreme conditions. That is when you are supposed to break things and then fix the design.

    • SteersUright

      Umm…its 2019. They can do the bulk of structural engineering virtually on very capable software today. They can even crash test it, etc. By the time it undergoes real world testing, the car is usually mostly complete.

      • eb110americana

        So every manufacturer in the world logs millions of real-world testing miles on prototypes before putting them into production…for what reason exactly? Those computational models don’t always account for every real-world variable, from complex harmonics, to nuanced material changes at various temperatures, multiplied by every system within the most complex product on the market. And based on recalls, manufacturers still don’t always catch everything.

  • Bash

    It has enough torque to twist its own chassis !

  • Steve Cohn

    How many individuals buying this car will have the driving ability to handle the incredible performance & handling the Corvette will possess? I predict therre will be a lot of deaths for those unable to control this beast.

    • Kagan

      Maybe 10%.

      That goes for ordinary cars too!

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      “I predict therre will be a lot of deaths for those unable to control this beast.”

      What a silly comment.

      This has applied to every high horsepower vehicle ever released throughout the years. With the advent of excellent stability/traction management systems, super cars are now easier and safer to drive than ever.

    • disqus_6VWOvIAZzr

      Nice concern trolling. Haven’t you seen the older guys in ‘Vettes in the slow lane?

      No one should accept being limited here. They shouldn’t even accept someone trying to lay pr groundwork for being able to dictate future permission.

  • c’mon, there are 1200hp cars out there (that they don’t break themselves).

    • StrangerGP

      they also cost wayyy more than what people are suspecting the C8 will cost

      • So if cost is the reason it breaks, I prefer 700hp not to break it instead of raising the costs. Are you sure you got my point at first comment?

  • Kagan

    Needs to seek a physiolog.

  • performante

    What if maybe, just maybe the car is still in the engineering stages so these failure modes can be discovered and addressed? Crazy thought, I know.

    • SteersUright

      When’s the last time you heard about any sports car, Ford GT, 488GTB, Huracan, etc., AMG GT, etc., facing such serious issues this far into development?

      • performante

        These are rumors bud, take them with a grain of salt.

      • Chris Krajnik

        How do you know how far into development they are in? GM hasn’t officially confirmed any release dates or when they started the project. All is just speculation at this point.

      • Ken Lyns

        They are just better at keeping internal details internal within the company… until a prototype catches on fire.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    The only thing interesting (notice I didn’t say “exciting”) about this car is the fact it’s a mid-engine model. The bodywork is so yawn-inducing, regardless of the camo. Just bits and bobs thrown together without anything interesting to note. And the side scoops… take a look at the front view and notice how they bulge out instead of flowing along the bodywork.

    • SteersUright

      exactly. looks like nobody even tried. Dont really understand what kind of exercise this was for GM.

  • ChrisInIL

    Electrical gremlins (they sound more like software gremlins, but it’s not all that clear)? Sure, I can buy that. Interior ergonomics? GM never cared about that, so why start now?

    “It’s so powerful, it twists the car and breaks the windows!” That’s marketing genius, right there.

    • LJ

      Was going to say… being too powerful sounds much better than design issues.

  • javier

    reminds me of the original supercar, the 3000 gt

  • Dennis Scipio

    oh wow.

  • Harry_Wild

    The C8 has electrical problems and now they used to thin a gauge of metal for the frame! GM accounting department is cutting everything to save every dollar they can. I not surprise, however!

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Let them take their time. Iron out the issues, make sure that everything is perfect.

    Whether we like the looks or not, this is shaping up to be a performance beast, especially if they’re talking about pricing being around $70,000 USD. That’s a bargain. I’m not even a fan of GM products, but I’m excited to see what we’ve got coming.

  • SteersUright

    Any car encourages a certain type of driver to push it. You also can find daily crash pics of pickups, old cars, sedans, and everything else under the sun.

  • Emoto

    Gives a whole new meaning to the expression “twist its tail”…

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