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There's Big News For C8 Corvette Convertible And C8.R Race Car

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They're both coming sooner than you think.

July has been a big month for everything Corvette, to say the least. The 2020 Corvette is finally here in all of its mid-engine glory, but as with any Corvette generation, there's still much more to come. You know, like a convertible. And speaking of which, when will the C8 convertible debut? Chevrolet has just provided a fairly clear answer in this newly released video, included below.

At about the 0:24-second mark, you can see the new Corvette convertible and we think it looks incredible, perhaps even better than the coupe. There are only a few brief shots, but Chevy was kind enough not to cover the car in any camouflage.

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What is covered in camo, however, is the C8.R race car, the track-only version of America's latest sports that will soon begin competing in some of the most famous and challenging motorsport competitions. Needless to say, it'll replace the outgoing and highly regarded C7.R. Both are set to debut this fall, though an exact date is known only to Chevy at this time. We wouldn't be surprised to see the C8 convertible debut at the LA Auto Show in late November, though Chevy could, once again, hold its own special reveal event prior to that.

As for the C8.R, it remains more of a mystery. It's uncertain whether it'll even come powered by the same 6.2-liter LT2 V8 with 490 horsepower, or 495 ponies with the optional Z51 Performance Package. Rumor has it the C8.R will instead be powered by a turbocharged V8, but it also sounds like the C8.R shown in the video could have a flat-plane crank V8. Going with the former, however, could foreshadow an upcoming C8 variant, like the next Z06 and/or ZR1. The C7.R, just to compare, is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8.

Hopefully the speculation will end fairly soon once something official arrives. Stay tuned!