If a report from the Mid Engine Corvette Forum turns out to be true, the Chevrolet C8 Corvette may not be as close to landing in dealerships as we had hoped.
An image detailing the vehicles General Motors will produce for the 2020 model year was posted on the forum and indicates the existing Corvette Stingray and Z06 will remain in production potentially for another year.
A forum user in the same thread then stated that Chevrolet has pushed production of the new C8 Corvette back to December, allowing it to keep building the C7 for a little while longer.
It’s difficult to verify this since Chevrolet itself is remaining tight-lipped about the mid-engined Corvette, largely refusing to acknowledge its existence. The poster claims to have been informed about the planned production date as they’re a supplier of some kind.
If production of the new Corvette has indeed been pushed back to December, we wouldn’t be entirely surprised. In fact, this would confirm speculation that Chevrolet recently decided to delay the C8 Corvette by six months due to an electrical problem. It is claimed that the supercar’s electrical system can’t handle the load necessary to support all of the car’s components and that they had to re-engineer the entire system.
That’s not the best of news, but we guess we can wait another six months to see the C8 Corvette. After all, it’s been more than four years since the first spy shots of the supercar surfaced when it was disguised as a Holden Commodore ute.
According to our sources, the vehicle’s various powertrains will ensure it’s worth the wait. Allegedly, the C8 Corvette could use a 6.2-liter V8 with 500 hp in entry-level guise. A 600 hp model with a 5.5-liter V8 is also said to be on the cards alongside a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 variant with 800 hp. A hybrid, twin-turbo V8 pumping out 1000 hp might even be a possibility.