Engined C8 Corvette Will Debut July 18

Barra in the C8

GM ceo Mary Barra got a ride in the coming Corvette driven here by Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter

And General Motors has a big change in the next generation Corvette being revealed July 18.

But, they have just released a camouflaged version of the new auto to give a sneak peak at what this new vehicle will look like. And Chevy isn't wasting any time: the next-gen Corvette will be unveiled on July 18, just a few weeks after the sale of the final C7. Along with confirming the reveal date, GM has also dropped official photos of the vehicle, confirming it will be a mid-engine auto. There's no official on-sale date yet, but given that Chevrolet is already rolling out a "Next-Generation Corvette" page on its consumer website, we feel certain that the order books will open by the end of 2019 at the latest.

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Previewing the reveal, General Motors released a photo showing GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra standing next to a camouflaged, next-generation Corvette on Thursday in NY. The engine will be modified to fit the rear-mid-engine layout and perhaps given a power boost to take it above 500 hp. The current base Corvette C7 goes for around $55,000. There's even talk that there could be a hybrid version of the C8 Corvette with even more power.

There's also a possibility of a dual clutch automatic transmission, with a possible manual version in the works. Rumors suggest a twin-turbo, DOHC, 5.5-liter V8 with a flat plane crankshaft with an output of 700+ horsepower and 700+ lbs/ft of torque. But as good as the C7 is and has been, it has been slightly overshadowed by the imminent and much-rumored mid-engined C8, which we first saw spy photos of-and thus got confirmation of-in 2015.

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