A Chevrolet dealership in the United States has opened pre-orders for the mid-engine C8 Corvette and according to some reports like this one from Motor1, this could be a sign that the supercar’s unveiling is very close, possibly even weeks. That would bring it right in time for the New York Auto Show in mid-April, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet.
The dealer in question, Kerbeck Corvette, traditionally only opens up pre-orders for forthcoming Corvette models when they are approaching their global premieres, leading to some speculation that the car may arrive sooner than expected.
To lock in a C8 order with Kerbeck Corvette, customers need to provide a $1000 refundable deposit. Placing a deposit will lock in an order for the new mid-engined supercars but customers won’t be able to configure their vehicle until Chevrolet releases pricing details.
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Chevrolet is keeping mum about the C8 Corvette
In the meantime, we’ll remind you of a recent report suggesting that production of the new supercar may not start until December 2019.
It is thought that one of the reasons why the C8’s launch may have been pushed back is a claimed electrical issue with the car. According to some, Chevrolet discovered that the vehicle’s electrical system couldn’t handle the load necessary to support all of the car’s components. This has meant the car manufacturer has had to re-engineer the entire system.
Whenever Chevrolet does unveil the C8 Corvette, expect to see it announced in a plethora of configurations. Early indications point towards an entry-level 6.2-liter V8 engine premiering with 500 hp. Those looking for a little more grunt will be able to opt for a 5.5-liter V8 version with 600 hp or a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 delivering 800 hp. The range could be topped out by a hybrid, twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 model with 1000 hp.