Cameras from the national Corvette museum have given us our first look.
Seven generations of the Chevrolet Corvette have come and gone, and with the eighth, we've finally been introduced to the mid-engine Corvette that has been prophesized for decades. But while we were first introduced to the C8-generation Vette last year, those who got their orders in early are still waiting on the arrival of their cars. That might come sooner than expected, however, as an eagle-eyed viewer managed to spy something special while looking at the exterior webcams of the National Corvette Museum. Leaving the Bowling Green, Kentucky production facility and heading towards I-65, Jeremy Welborn spotted not one but four transport trucks, loaded with C8 Corvettes, heading off to deliver some mid-engine magic at 8:35 PM last night (March 4th).
The affordable American supercar being delivered is the first batch of Corvette Stingrays, which are powered by a mid-mounted 6.2-liter V8 developing up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft with the Z51 package equipped. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and while the base Vette develops less power than outgoing ranger-toppers like the ZR1, the mid-mounted engine enables a 0-60 mph sprint of just 2.9 seconds and an 11.2-second quarter mile.
For those that have been keeping an eye on the online-status of their Corvette order, until now the shipping status has read "null", but if you check back, it's been changed as of today to read "Bowling Green KY National Corvette Museum". This is the location where a number of early purchasers will be able to receive their C8 Corvette, a special occasion for Corvette fans who've waited generations for the arrival of the mid-engine version. Priced at under $60,000, the C8 is not only affordable, but it provides incredible value and performance for the money.