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The C8 Corvette Will Be A Practical Supercar

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If you enjoy playing golf that is.

Amidst all the rumors, leaked images and a refusal by General Motors to officially acknowledge the existence of the mid-engined C8, most fans are getting a bit frustrated or just plain fed up waiting for this next-gen Corvette to finally break cover. Well, if you were expecting a shock announcement of its imminent reveal then the only shock we have in store is that GM is still tight-lipped about the whole thing.

This despite the seemingly dozens of test mules having been seen driving across the US, including one recent video that actually shows a convoy of six C8s cruising along the highway with the head of GM, Mark Reuss, riding in one. Then another C8 was caught broken down outside a gas station.

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And just in case you haven't been following the development of the very first mid-engined Corvette ever, Don Sherman of Hagerty has made it his mission to track down every last detail about the car.

Sherman speculates the C8's growing pains have their roots in the car's revolutionary nature: It is not just the first mid-engine Corvette, the C8 is a clean-sheet program. "Shuffling the engine location isn't that big a deal," says Sherman. "But the Corvette team is using the C8 to re-invent the entire car."

Issues with the electrical system and a flexing chassis have contributed to what is most likely going to be a late 2019 reveal, when three variants are expected to be introduced comprising of a base 6.2-liter V8, a supercharged 1,000 hp monster as well as a hybrid option. If you enjoy a round of golf, then you may want to skip the electrically assisted model as only the gas-powered models will be able to fit two sets of golf clubs in the frunk.

The value proposition will remain too with the base model expecting to come in at around the $60,000 mark. Perhaps GM's strategy of drip-feeding info to us is just what they want, after all, how else would they keep interest in this new model going until the end of the year?

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