New mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 coming July 18

The mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will debut July 18, the automaker announced Thursday.

Chevrolet pushed out a notification via its fan site about the debut. A landing page on Chevrolet’s website confirmed the reveal.

The C8 Corvette has been long in development with plenty of speculation along the way. The next-generation Corvette, known as the C8, will be the first to feature a mid-engine design, a layout that engineers once considered, but haven’t pursued until now.

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We expect V-8 power for the Corvette throughout the lineup, including a potential hybrid powertrain that could develop more than 1,000 horsepower and drive all four wheels. We expect the base engine to be a version of the 6.2-liter V-8 plucked from the C7 that should be tuned to make about 500 horsepower. A 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V-8 could come later and deliver more than 600 hp. A range-topping hybrid could be a world-beater and a serious threat for million-dollar supercars.

We recently spied the next-generation Corvette wearing the least camouflage yet. The short front overhang and buttresses are unmistakable as a mid-engine sports car. The new Corvette likely will skip scissor doors or exotic frippery—at least in base models that are likely to cost less than $ 100,000, maybe considerably less. For top-end versions, anything is possible.

A spokesman for Chevrolet didn’t immediately comment on the automaker’s announcement, nor provide details on where the event will be held and when reservations will be accepted for the new Corvette.

For now, all we know is that July 18 will be circled on our calendars—and likely yours.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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