The C8 kind of looks like a mix between a Ferrari 458 Italia and the previous two Corvette generations. It's not as wild and in-your-face as a Lamborghini, perhaps for fear that it would lose to die-hard customers.
The mid-engined Corvette has been rumored for more than a decade, to the point where people wondered if it's ever going to happen. But numerous sightings of production-ready cars suggest the debut could arrive as early as Detroit.
When looking at this car, we need to remember that we're probably dealing with the base model. You don't need extra-large air intakes and aggressive spoilers on the base $60,000 model with 460 horsepower. That's how much the standard 6.2-liter engine is supposed to make.
Of course, there are other engines being rumored, like a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter, which looks increasingly unlikely, and a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 for the performance models. Maxed out, it's supposed to make 850 horsepower, which is downright crazy.
The few spy videos of the C8 testing at the Nurburgring track have suggested a twin-clutch auto is in use, re-sparking rumors of a 7-speed DCT from Tremec. This aspect is crucial to getting the formula perfect since the Camaro has pretty much nailed adaptive suspension and aero already. Of course, it's possible that Chevy will just use a tweaked version of its current 8-speed auto.