2020 Corvette C8 Returns To The Nürburgring 17 Days Before Its Big Unveiling

Only 17 days are left until the official unveiling of the all-new 2020 Corvette in Tustin, California.

Until then, the mid-engine Corvette’s testing schedule continues with a return to the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Our spy photographers spotted several Corvette C8 prototypes on the “Green Hell” and the safest guess is the team is there for the final round of testing before launch.

However, one must not rule out the fact that GM could set some fast laps on the Nürburgring, although there’s no proof that is actually the goal. Who knows, maybe we’ll learn more about the 2020 Corvette’s potential or actual Nürburgring lap times at the launch.

Also read: Someone Just Paid $15,200 To Attend The C8 Corvette’s Unveiling!

Until then, it’s worth noting that the prototypes wear the least amount of camouflage we’ve seen on the C8 Corvette so far. This allows us to spot new details such as the production headlights and taillights (or at least parts of them), the aggressive front bumper with a sharp splitter, the rear bumper dominated by a sizable diffuser flanked by quad exhausts, and the rear wing.

Other details that are easy to spot include the double-bubble roof and the sophisticated design of the engine cover (which may or may not double as a rear window) flanked by air vents on each side and a rearview camera on top. There are no photos of the interior but we already brought you the first look inside the Corvette early this year.

The 2020 Corvette is expected to debut in “Stingray” guise with a new version of GM’s 6.2-liter LT1 naturally aspirated V8 producing around 500 hp. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission, likely of a dual-clutch type. At the moment, it is not clear if a manual gearbox will be on offer.

Later on, more powerful versions are expected to arrive — rumor has it Chevrolet is working on a 5.5-liter twin-turbo overhead-cam V8 for the C8, possibly with a flat-plane crankshaft. This engine could deliver around 800 hp but there are also rumors of a hybrid version taking the Corvette into hypercar territory with 1,000 horsepower.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Harry_Wild



    • SteersUright


    • ErnieB

      El Ferrino by Chevy., an El Camino + a Ferrari morphed into this..

    • Wally SirFatty

      Well, it must be true, why else would you type the comments in all caps?

      • BYE.

        • Wally SirFatty


  • SteersUright

    The bones sound fantastic: mid engine, american v8 small block, and reasonably affordable.
    The exterior looks downright horrible, from the frumpy, frowning weird spoiler to the excess of lines in the busy front end. Hoping all these exterior panels bold right off and see an extensive year 1 redo!

    • john1168

      I HATE that crappy looking rear spoiler! Granted it’s disguised but we all can tell easily what it’s gonna look like. I can’t wait for the active aero version. Hopefully GM doesn’t screw that up too…

      • Six_Tymes

        there’s an active aero version coming?

        • john1168

          I’m really looking forward to seeing that. I have high hopes for that setup.

  • Ed

    There are going to be a lot of excited people….but also a very large contingent of folks challenging the wisdom of GM management for investing in a costly new, low volume performance car…at a time when they do not seem to have embraced zero-emission vehicles. European companies are scrambling to compete against Tesla….and GM acts like there is no need.

    • Kumquat

      GM has over 20 EVs coming to the market by ’23. It’s almost like they have a team of engineers and designers who work on the Corvette, and also other teams, in another part of the building, who work on various EVs.

  • Six_Tymes

    Almost all of you want it to fail. what is wrong with you, seriously? that said, the C7 is the one to buy before its gone. lol

  • SteersUright

    Despite the ugly design details, I’m still very strongly rooting for this car to do very well. American V8 and mid-engine, even it not pretty, is simply to delicious a recipe.

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