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    2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    The new race car based on the yet-to-be-revealed mid-engine C8 Chevrolet Corvette has been spotted. Prototypes have been undergoing tests at major racetracks under the cover of darkness in order to hide their details, and a video of one of the test sessions, taken at Florida's Sebring International Raceway, has been uploaded to YouTube. The road...

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    Re: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    Looks like Joe has been busy spying the new Corvette in Sebring:



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    Re: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    Shhh. The 2020, mid-engine Corvette is still a secret! Here, you can barely make out a few clues through the camo:


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    Re: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    This thing is going to be nuts. Do we know a price-point on it yet or even a reasonable guess? I'm assuming it's going to be pretty deep into 6 figures. If it's anywhere close to the current model Corvette's "starting at $55,000" I'm ready to go ahead and start making my payments now.
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    Re: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    Nobody knows anything yet but they’ve always had a huge range. Like you pointed out, a new, base C7 can cost $55K but a C7-ZR1 can cost upwards of $130K. I suspect Chevy doesn’t want to price the C8 out of its traditional customers’ means.

    Guys like me will wait eight years until they’re half price, haha.

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    Re: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    The first time they tested the Vette at Sebring, they tarped off all of the fences, where you can see the track from the road. GM also had roaming spotters to chase off anybody who tried to get a peek. I'm sure this "sneak peek" is a GM ruse to increase public interest.
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    Re: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    Are they planning to keep the C7 in production (or something similarish) and introduce the C8 as an upscale version, or is it a true next generation? I guess the C7's been around a while now, probably about time to put it out to pasture.
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    Re: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    That’s a good question. That’s what I thought before but now, who knows? I would bet on a base C8 costing around $60K while ending the C7. Chevy doesn’t sell that many Corvettes to contribute significantly to GM’s bottom line. Yes, they’re popular but things are changing. Electrici cars is where it’s at. Younger folks don’t even want the burden of owning a car nor insuring it. Uber and Lyft are battling to be first with a public offering on the NYSE. Baby Boomers with money are dying off or focusing on everything else but cars, just to name a few.

    Every teenager nowadays seems to be a self-absorbed, Instagram millionaire “influencer” who will settle for nothing less than a Ferrari since the Kardashian tramps get one every time they pop out another basketball player’s baby.

    Also, the C8 will be auto-only which further alienates the hardcore but insignificant clutch-crowd, even though it paddle-shifts like a Formula 1 car.

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    Re: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R tests at Sebring, shoots flames

    I'd say I'm a die-hard manual guy, but a $60,000 price point and similar C7 specs or 445hp, 3350lbs, this will be the first "automatic" I ever seriously consider owning (probably several years used). I think this car has the potential to be awesome enough to flip a lot of "manual only" guys to the dark side.
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