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2020 Chevrolet Corvette: this is it!

By Trent Giunco, 19 Jul 2019 News

2020 Chevrolet Corvette: this is it!

Leaked images show the mid-engined supercar destined for Holden showrooms

HERE it is: the V8, rear-drive supercar that Holden fans have been waiting for – the mid-engined, C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Set to shown officially in just over an hour, these leaked images – first published by Esquire – give us our best look yet at the new ’Vette.

Not only has the C8 undergone a substantial layout change, with the engine moving from in front of the driver to behind, but it’s also destined to be sold, officially, in Australia for the first time.

While the images aren’t officially confirmed, it looks like a tasty prospect and a worthy successor to the C7 Vette. It’s certainly low-slung and mean – just what a Corvette should be.

Esquire’s (now removed) story also included specs, stating that the Corvette will crack 0-60mph (97km/h) in less than 3.0sec if the right option-boxes are ticked.

Achieving that figure is believed to be thanks to a 6.2-litre LT2 V8, with power levels expected to be around 365kW and torque at 637Nm.

However, this is just the ‘base’ Corvette, with more powerful versions planned, including a new Z51 Performance Package with additional kit like upgraded brakes, better cooling and a meaner exhaust system.

Sadly, it seems as though there won’t be a manual transmission – to begin with. A new eight-speed dual-clutch ’box will handle the shifting with steering wheel-mounted paddles if you want to take control.

Design wise, the C8 takes cues from the C7, but the American hero has morphed into a mid-engined silhouette.

An image of the interior has also found its way online, and if you’re a fan of buttons over touchscreens, you’ll be happy.

Inside GM has tried to match old-school charm with modern tech, pairing a strip of controls and a large infotainment touch screen.

Examining the photo we can tell that the strip of buttons largely deal with the HVAC controls, including heated seats. It creates a strong style statement, adding bulk to the centre console as it connects to the dash.

In the absence of a traditional gear lever, it appears the transmission will be controlled via push buttons and be accompanied by provisions for an automatic park brake.

The cabin is clearly driver-focused, with the bulk of the dash being angled towards to the person behind the new steering wheel.

The two-spoke tiller is a design progression, taking cue from previous Corvette generations, while leaving plenty of room to see through to the digital instrument cluster. It also features myriad buttons…

Red stitching, as well a red 12 o’clock marker, adds some colour to the otherwise dark interior.

Stay tuned for more C8 Corvette coverage throughout the day with the global release looming.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Interior

In a world where touchscreens are replacing buttons, it seems Chevrolet has done the complete opposite.

In a leaked image, rumoured to be the interior of the imminent mid-engine Corvette, it seems GM is aiming to match old-school charm with modern tech, pairing a strip of controls and a large infotainment touch screen.

Reportedly finding its way online via the Corvette forum and and then later Tweeted by Bozi Tatarevic, the image is of high quality and very much resembles press photography.

Examining the photo we can tell that the strip of buttons largely deal with the HVAC controls, including heated seats. It creates a strong style statement, adding bulk to the centre console as it connects to the dash.

In the absence of a traditional gear leaver, it appears the transmission will be controlled via push buttons and be accompanied by provisions for an automatic park brake.

The cabin is clearly driver-focused, with the bulk of the dash being angled towards to the person behind the new steering wheel.

The two-spoke tiller is a design progression, taking cue from previous Corvette generations, while leaving plenty of room to see through to the digital instrument cluster. It also feature myriad buttons…

Red stitching, as well a red 12 o’clock marker, adds some colour to the otherwise dark interior.

Stay tuned for more C8 Corvette coverage throughout the day with the global release looming.