2020 Corvette C8 Spied As NY Auto Show Debut Appears Unlikely

Work continues on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette as spy photographers have caught the high-performance model undergoing testing once again.

Dressed in familiar black and white camouflage, this particular prototype appears virtually production ready as the temporary headlights have been replaced by road-going units. We can also see the car’s sporty styling and five-spoke alloy wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system.

Out back, there are LED taillights and an aggressive rear diffuser which is flanked by a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system. Of course, the most notable thing about the Corvette is the heavily camouflaged rear window which houses a mid-mounted V8 engine underneath.

The new styling will continue in the cabin as drivers will sit behind a two-spoke steering wheel and find themselves facing a digital instrument cluster. To the right is a large infotainment system which is supported by a stylish metal fan.

One of the biggest interior changes is the all-new center console which features a rotary controller for the infotainment system and Lamborghini-like buttons for the dual-clutch transmission. There will also be a ramp-like structure that connects to the dashboard at an angle and features a host of controls for the climate control system and heated / ventilated seats.

Interior photo copyright Carscoops

Chevrolet has been extremely tight-lipped about the model, but previous spy photos have shown the car will retain the Stingray moniker. A rumored order guide also recently surfaced indicating the C8 will be offered with three stripe packages, two performance suspensions, a heavy duty cooling system and upgraded brakes. We can also expect carbon fiber and transparent roof panels which can be removed.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but the entry-level model is slated to have a 6.2-liter V8 that could produce more than 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS). There will also be a new 5.5-liter V8 which will reportedly be available in naturally aspirated and twin-turbo guise. These are rumored to have outputs of around 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS) and 800 hp (596 kW / 811 PS), respectively.

There have also been rumors about a range-topping model which will use the twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor that powers the front wheels. This setup could give the Corvette all-wheel drive and an output of between 900 hp (671 kW / 912 PS) and 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1,014 PS).

That’s a huge amount of power and reports have suggested it’s causing “structural distortion of the aluminum spaceframe.” The issue is reportedly severe enough that it’s breaking the glass covering the mid-mounted engine.

Those aren’t the only problems the Corvette is facing as engineers are reportedly having difficulties with the car’s new electrical architecture. There are also rumors about another issue, but there’s no word on what it is.

The ongoing problems have reportedly pushed back the Corvette’s introduction. It was a no-show in Detroit and it’s unlikely to debut at the New York Auto Show as GM doesn’t have any press conferences scheduled for the main event. Chevrolet is being pretty coy and a spokesperson told us they’re “not discussing future product plans or timing for our various reveals.”

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Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Love what I’m seeing!

    But please don’t over-hype the hell out of it…

  • Bo Hanan

    It looks different, (better?) in these photos even though it still has that JC Whitney Catalog spoiler on the rear.

    • john1168

      I REALLY wish they’d get rid of that stupid looking rear spoiler. It may be very functional but it looks ridiculous!

      • MayTheBestCarWin05


        I find it interesting that GM can be escoriated for a fake ugly c pillar on the CT5.

        Then also kicked for having a potentially functional but ugly spoiler.

        No matter what GM does. People are going to crap on it.

        Keep doing your thing GM

        • Zandit75

          Just out of curiosity, how much does GM pay you to make these comments on various forums?
          Looking through your previous comments, you frequent a lot of GM stories.

          • MayTheBestCarWin05

            I’m definitely not paid by GM, but defending auto companies online for money would be a sweet gig.

            GM stories do drive higher traffic than others, because how much of a lightning rod GM is to enthusiasts like us.

            I grew up in the Midwest and my family owned cars from the Big 3 (and Nissan), so admittedly I have a soft spot for GM.

            But you’re right. I have over indexed on my defense of GM lately and I don’t like how it’s coming across. Trust me, I’m not a blind GM loyalist. They’ve been making subpar products for DECADES, and that’s just the facts.

            I made my first new car purchase recently and bought a VW bc i know GM’s products are subpar.

            I’ll tone it down with the GM defense tho.

          • Emoto

            So, you decided to leap out of the frying pan and into the fire? 😉

          • MayTheBestCarWin05

            HA! I know right. Imagine how i felt when consumer reports rated the Atlas as one of their least reliable vehicles…

            But that 6yr / 72k mile warranty does wonders at soothing my VW reliability concerns.

        • Bo Hanan

          Does your rhetoric help GM?

          • MayTheBestCarWin05

            Honestly, my strong defending of GM isn’t helping. They’ve made poor products for so so long. Quiet frankly I’m disappointed in them.

            While I still think some commenters here love to ‘pile on’ the GM criticism, if I’m being honest GM has earned this ire.

  • Zandit75

    This car has already been bashed to hell and back, but nothing that I’m seeing here is going to change that opinion. If this is in answer to the Ford GT, and expected to take on other mid-engined super cars, they are so far behind the curve in styling it’s not funny.

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      Interesting. What do you think it’s missing stylistically?


        • MayTheBestCarWin05

          So you’re mad it’s not a “traditional” corvette?

          Graceless profile? It has the same profile as every other Mid engine RWD car.

          No center exhausts? REALLY?? Is this the best criticism you’ve got?!



      • Zandit75

        Sure, there is still some cladding in the way, but some areas look unfinished, especially that rear spoiler.
        The rear wheels look too far back, making the rear end look stretched.
        I know the renders that have been floating around don’t help, but so far, I’m just seeing “bland”

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    While it seems to be more in vogue than ever to trash any and everything GM does, I for one am excited about a new, mid engine super car with close to 1k hp.

    Bring it on GM. shut the haters up.


    Just debut the damn thing already GM.

  • Ali

    Oh man … american junk written all over the design

  • charlotteharry57

    WHY intro it in NY? Just drag us along for ANOTHER year and tweet about it EVERY day. Someone other than Ford (Bronco tweets) has to give Elon competition on Twitter!

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    This shape makes it look like sitting in the car was an afterthought. And even though the previous ideas GM had for a mid-engine Corvette shared that look, I somehow prefer those to this…I mean, if it wasn’t for that (probably) glass over the engine, I’d think was a new El Camino that appeared for no reason at all. ( I would actually love that, but eh)

  • john1168

    Hi Nicolas. Good review of everything. I think your estimates on pricing are pretty close and I hope you’re right. I’m probably the guy you’re referring to who complains about the rear spoiler. I agree 100% that the rear spoiler is very functional with its slotted spoiler center section and its rear wing outer sections but I just can’t get past the appearance of it. I think it’s way too skinny and maybe with a longer chord (wider wing) it would look better. Personally I was hoping to see the active aero GM was working on, debut on the C8. Do you have any info on the rumored active aero? Maybe it will be on the twin turbo and hybrid models?

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    So true. I love my atlas. It’s functional (2nd row can tumble fwd with front facing car seats attached), great warranty, good sound system, very room interior, simple controls for hvac and infotainment, 12.3” digital dash, autonomous self parking.

    And it I think it looks kinda tough as well. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a62d2fa714981276109d53754e2a99e7ae7ca1fd616e2babbe8775b5a8b58a4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a1a76d1b2173627beb71d38606bed5acd054925e60978fc487186515497f1ce.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f6abd3e714544431d653cbaa4b5ab7e4e9f8917df84b4cdd46ec257e44186ce4.jpg

  • GreenPat

    This is starting to give the NSX a run for its money on over hyped/long delay. Doubt it will be amazing enough to live up to it all. Just like the NSX and Supra. For those of you thinking this will have a base price below $100k I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona I’m willing to let go of on the cheap.

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