By Steve Laser & Gregg Ziak
While automakers are busy preparing for next week’s New York Auto Show press events, General Motors and Chevrolet staged their own mega-media event today by driving a prototype of the next-generation Corvette on 7th Avenue near Times Square.
How many times over the years have we heard rumors about a mid-engine Corvette? Well, this time it’s really happening. Today, GM confirmed the next-gen Corvette’s development. Chevrolet plans to reveal its new flagship sports car on July 18.
Wearing a Michigan manufacturer license plate and escorted by a fleet of Suburbans, the camouflaged prototype of the C8 Corvette garnered instant celebrity status in the Big Apple.
Imagine crossing the street and spotting the mid-engine Corvette prototype! It looks like the taillights were covered at the last minute before the car ventured out in public.
Tadge Juechter (above left), Chevrolet Corvette Chief Engineer, drove the prototype, while Mary Barra, General Motors Chairman and CEO (above and below), sat in the passenger’s seat. The car displayed “07.18.19” graphics on the doors and windshield.
While the next-generation Corvette is confirmed, details about its powertrain layout, features and specs, will have to wait for the official announcement in July. Despite the camouflage, it’s easy to see that this will be a mid-engine car.
Barra received an award at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s annual Footsteps to the Future Gala this evening. She announced that the final production seventh generation Corvette will be auctioned with all proceeds being donated to the foundation to help veterans and first responders. The Foundation is named for New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“The sale of this iconic Corvette will help the foundation continue its good work, and pave the way for the Next Generation Corvette that we will introduce on July 18,” said Barra.
For more information visit Chevrolet’s Next Generation Corvette website
News source and photos courtesy General Motors and Chevrolet
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