Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
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Mary Barra shows off Chevy's secretive, new Corvette

Mary Barra shows off Chevy's secretive, new Corvette

Previewing the reveal, General Motors released a photo showing GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra standing next to a camouflaged, next-generation Corvette on Thursday in NY.

General Motors' Chevrolet division will unwrap the next-generation Corvette, featuring a midengine layout for the first time, in July.

U.S. publication vehicle and Driver reports that it has further information not yet released, suggesting there will be an initial model launch later this year with the Corvette Stingray, powered by the same 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine found in the C7-generation auto, producing around 370kW but renamed "LT2" on account of its new mid-engine location.

This Corvette will be "the sum of each generation before it", but will "stand alone as the new standard of performance", a company press release says.

The new Corvette C8 makes its debut July 18, 2019, and will go on sale by the end of the year. It is the first time Chevrolet has confirmed the C8 Corvette's existence and the first official images outside of spy shots.

We've also heard rumors that the midengine Corvette will be called Manta Ray (the current, seventh-generation Corvette coupe is called Stingray). A dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox supplied from Tremec is slated to be the only transmission choice-unfortunate news for #savethemanuals diehards like us. And at the top of the range will a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter DOHC V8 that could generate in excess of 800 horsepower.

The sale of the last C7 "will help us provide more injured veterans with the independence they deserve", said Siller Foundation chairman Frank Siller, Stephen Siller's older brother.

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