Detroit and New York have been ruled out, so when will it be?
We recently discovered that the mid-engine C8 Chevrolet Corvette will not debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. Although that venue had been penciled in for the big unveiling, Chevrolet never made any official announcement. In hindsight, that was probably for the best.
GM Authority is now claiming that the car's debut will take place in the summer at its own standalone event.
An exact date has yet to be confirmed, but GM Authority’s sources claim the reveal could happen as early as May. We wouldn’t rule out a Memorial Day Weekend event, for example.
The C8’s debut was reportedly delayed due to a major electric issue discovered during final testing. The system is supposedly unable to carry the necessary load to support various components. How was this not found earlier is a mystery, but the electrical system needs to be completely re-engineered. This is already well underway, but the impact is more than just the vehicle itself.
GM will also have to re-coordinate with suppliers and perhaps even make physical adjustments at the production facility itself, the Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky to accommodate the changes.
We’ve previously reached out to Chevrolet seeking comment about this situation, but have yet to hear back. Even last January at Detroit we attempted to bring up the subject of the C8 with longtime Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter and he immediately changed the subject, but with a wink in his eye. We could tell he was anxious to talk about his latest creation, but now it’ll have to wait a few more months. We’ll bring you more updates the moment we have them.