GM confirms mid-engine C8 Corvette unveiling for July 18

2020 Chevrolet Corvette confirmed for July 18 debut

Keeping details to a minimum, the big United States maker only confirmed that the new-generation Corvette will be mid-engined and revealed in the U.S. on July 18.

While spy photos showing the C8's low-slung silhouette and vastly different proportions have circulated on the internet for years now, what you're looking at is the first real photo of the vehicle that Chevrolet has supplied-and the first time the company has even acknowledged the existence of what might be the auto industry's worst-kept secret.

Leading up to the full reveal in July, Chevrolet will post updates to a dedicated website it launched Thursday. Also, GM chairperson and CEO Mary Barra along with Tadge Juechter took a prototype to a charity event in NY after the announcement with the auto heavily camouflaged, but giving a glimpse into what's in store. GM has been a supporter of the Foundation for the past few years; the first production 2019 ZR1 was auctioned off to benefit it and sold for $925,000. Just what engine it is going to be remains unknown, but General Motors used to test a prototype version of a twin-turbo V8 engine a while ago.

We all knew it was coming, but now it is official. The engine will also be renamed LT2 to reflect its new location in the auto.

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We've known for some time now, that the C8 Corvette will break tradition and go for a dual-clutch transmission instead of a manual or an automatic. A supercar positioned mid-engine V8, a naturally aspirated version on the entry-level model and a twin turbocharged version on what is now being called the C8 Z06.

The price tag is expected to go between $60,000 and $70,000.

We've also heard rumors that the midengine Corvette will be called Manta Ray (the current, seventh-generation Corvette coupe is called Stingray).

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