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Mid-Engine Corvette: Everything We Know

The C8 Corvette is finally here. Read up on all our coverage right here.

It’s here. The mid-engine C8 Corvette is finally here. Read up on the specs for the 2020 Corvette Stingray right here.

The First Year of Production Is Nearly Sold Out

Autoblog was on the scene at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance of America in late July, where GM design chief Michael Simcoe confirmed the C8 Corvette’s 2020 allocation is nearly sold out.

“I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers,” Simcoe told the crowd during a presentation at the Concours d’Elegance. “It’s nearly sold out,” he later told Autoblog during an interview. “It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon.”

Prospective Corvette buyers have been able to reserve a mid-engine C8 via an online registration process since the car’s unveiling. Simcoe did not reveal number of reservations placed, nor did he reveal the number of cars Chevy plans to build for the 2020 model year.

The story below appears as it was before the mid-engine Corvette was revealed on the evening of July 18th.

After decades of speculations, concepts, and renderings, a mid-engine version of everyone’s favorite American sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, is finally on its way.

You Can Watch The Reveal Right Here

With the seventh-generation Corvette, Chevrolet revived the “Stingray” nameplate, which first appeared on the iconic second-gen Corvette in 1963. The C8 will continue the Stingray name. Chevrolet acknowledged that fact recently, releasing photos of the Corvette’s new logos.

Here’s Its Steering Wheel

In the run-up to the C8’s debut, Chevrolet released this picture of the new Corvette’s steering wheel. Interestingly, it’s a two-spoke design—the first since the fourth-generation Corvette of 1984. This one appears to be wrapped with suede-esque material, with two big paddle shifters fixed to the back. There’s also a button with a checkered flag, which indicates some sort of track mode.

It Will Officially Debut on July 18, 2019

Chevy posted this image to Instagram on the evening of April 11th. It was the first official acknowledgement that the mid-engine Corvette is real, and the date on the side corresponds with Chevy’s teaser webpage for the upcoming ‘Vette. It’s official: We’ll see this thing for real on July 18th.

Chevy didn’t give any further details aside from the debut date, but the automaker did publish its first official photos of a mid-engine ‘Vette prototype cruising around New York City:

Someone in Detroit (via Reddit) captured a camouflaged C8 on the highway briefly letting it rip in gear. Unsurprisingly, it’s a V-8 exhaust note coming from the Corvette’s quad tailpipes here. It’s a great sound—more growly than that of the C7 Stingray, which might simply be a function of exhaust tuning.

On Instagram, the National Corvette Museum has a clip of a C8 testing, too, this time at lower speed, but still with lots of good engine note.