Following its world debut, the new mid-engine Corvette will be shown to the public very soon.
July 18. That’s when the new C8 Corvette will finally break cover in California after an arduously long wait. While the event will be live-streamed online around the world, the reveal is reserved for the media and specially invited guests. Fortunately, however, it won’t be long until the public will have a chance to see the next-generation Corvette up close.
On July 27 at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance of America event in Plymouth, Michigan, General Motors will be hosting a public seminar revealing insights and answering questions about the new Corvette. A GM spokesperson also confirmed to Car and Driver that the C8 Corvette will make an appearance at the event, which is likely to be the car’s first public appearance after its debut next week.
Executives who designed prominent GM vehicles including the next-generation Corvette will be at the seminar. Designers will also reveal the unique opportunities and challenges presented by a mid-engine car such as the new C8 Corvette, while former chief Corvette designer, Tom Peters, will talk about his career and offer insights about what it was like to work on the iconic sports car.
"Concours d’Elegance of America has a long, respected history celebrating the beauty of automotive design, and that’s a history we intend to honor properly,” said Michael Simcoe, vice president, GM Global Design. "Attendees will be treated to unique perspectives and stories from a number of our lead designers.”
There’s a lot we already know about the C8 Corvette. We recently got a sneak peek inside the interior, while sources claim it will be powered by General Motor’s new 6.2-liter V8 with more power than the current version that produces 460 horsepower. Don’t get your hopes for a manual transmission, however, as the C7’s seven-speed manual is expected to be replaced by a new seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission, which will be the only option.