With 495 horsepower, a front end styled too much like a Ferrari 360 Modena for comfort, and taillights far too similar to the Camaro — those were some of the many highlights of the C8 Corvette reveal. The event launched at 8 pm PST, but as car reveals tend to go, the C8 didn’t roll out on the stage for some time, causing much suffering for those on the east coast. But we’ve finally seen the mid-engine Corvette in all its official glory.
What GM revealed was of course the base Stingray model. It’s more powerful than ever, which is absolutely no surprise. It’s also quicker, with a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds with the optional Z51 Performance Package. And of course, there are those massive side air intakes, which were plainly visible before, even with the tricky camo.
While we already saw the weird steering wheel, the rest of the interior has received mixed responses so far. The large touchscreen angled at the driver has upset purists, who were hoping the car wouldn’t have such a thing and perhaps are forgetting we’re in 2019 when automakers think we all want giant tablets glaring in our face as we drive. More shocking is the strip of physical controls that extends from the center stack to the console on a raised ridge. The design looks so odd and like it’s suspiciously not ergonomic.
Perhaps even more ridiculous, GM is trying to tell everyone the C8 is practical for everyday use, because everyone knows a mid-ship engine really lends itself to that.
Pricing starts at somewhere under $60,000, while production is set to begin at the latter part of the year. That means exact pricing should be released by around then, with the first cars set to hit dealers early in Q1 of 2020.