Cars We Remember: Special edition Corvettes and the new 2020 mid

Some 20 special editions appeared from 1978 to 2010 and had specific factory RPO code numbers which spawned notables like the C3 ’78 Silver Anniversary/Indy 500 Pace Car,

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Not a Ghost: The C8 Corvette, Bound for a July 18th Debut

Subjected to more spy photography than Princess Diana, the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is very much real. For the first time, General Motors has released official images of the next-generation car, adding a debut date for good measure.

Still cloaked in camouflage, the mid-engined C8 prototype crawled along the streets of New York City Thursday, piloted by Corvette chief engineer’Tadge Juechter. GM CEO Mary Barra rode shotgun for the trip, which culminated at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s annual’Footsteps to the Future Gala.

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Roaring out of Bowling Green, Kentucky for the 2020 model year, the C8 Corvette is the product of decades of fandom, years of development, and one well-publicised delay. We should have seen the car by now. Electrical issues with the car’s new, cloud-based system prompted a pushback in the C8’s unveiling, but earlier this year a report arose of structural issues. According to the report, the car’s aluminum spaceframe exhibited too much flex when coupled with a pair of hi-po engines developed solely for this car.

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The Two-Rotor, Wankel-Powered Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette that Never Was

Though a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette is now headed for production, the idea of a Corvette with such an exotic engine location is nothing new. Several such concepts were created, and at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this March, showgoers will be treated to the display of General Motors’ 1973 XP-987 GT’a Corvette concept with not just a mid-mounted engine, but a rotary one to boot.