- an image of what appears to be the new c8 chevrolet corvette has leaked onto instagram and corvetteforum.com.
- the car has yet to be officially revealed in photos, making this our first look at it.
- chevrolet's new mid-engined corvette c8 is set to make its debut july 18, 2019.
with 10 days to go before its official reveal in california, the 2020 chevrolet corvette c8 appears to have broken cover, at least in part: an image of its rear end surfaced on instagram and also was posted to corvette forum. the user who posted the photo provides little insight beyond a reference to having found the image on facebook, so we don't yet know where the car was captured or even who took the photo—but we're fairly certain this is the first ever mid-engined corvette that chevrolet plans to unveil on july 18, 2019.
so, what exactly are we looking at here? besides the obvious—you know, the rear of a vehicle—there are squarish quad taillights reminiscent of those on the latest chevrolet camaro; four squared-off, wide-set exhaust outlets; and a cheap-looking spoiler perched on the car's rear deck. seeing how none of these bits, let alone the entire rear end of the vehicle pictured, matches up with anything currently in chevrolet's stable—and it all lines up vaguely with spy photos we've seen of the c8—it's a safe bet that this is the yet to be revealed c8 corvette.
other hints that this is the mid-engined corvette include the rear window (and, thus, the passenger compartment), which seems set fairly far forward. contrast that with today's front-engined c7 corvette, which situates its cabin rearward in the chassis so that its rear-window glass terminates essentially at the rear wing. at first glance, this car's detailing looks clunky and awkward, particularly those taillights, which are misshapen and seemingly would benefit visually from being 50 percent smaller. and that license-plate holder is distressingly prominent. we won't render final judgment on the c8's styling until we see the car in person on july 18, but consider our early impressions mixed.