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Mid Engine Chevrolet Corvette C8 Spy Shots

From: https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1096198_2020-chevrolet-corvette-c8-spy-shots-and-video

Looking at the new shots and video of prototypes, we see can see that the C8 will be similar in size to the C7 but with a lower, wider stance. It won’t get vertical-lifting doors of many exotics, though it looks like there will be a short front overhang. Flanking the engine bay is a pair of chunky buttresses and we’re told designers will add a sheet of glass in the center to show off the engine (it’s concealed here). One of the biggest challenges is thought to be heat management. We can also see a rear-facing camera that feeds images to a digital rearview mirror inside (there’s also a digital instrument cluster) and what also looks to be dual-caliper brakes at the rear.

The new Corvette won’t be a pricey limited edition supercar like the modern Ford GT. We hear the basis for the car’s mid-engine platform is the C7’s aluminum spaceframe structure rather than a completely new design. As for powertrains, the base model shown here should come with the C7 Corvette Stingray’s 6.2-liter V-8 delivering about 500 horsepower. Later, a 5.5-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crank and DOHC design is expected to be dropped in, complete with about 600 hp. Then, a twin-turbocharging option for this engine could surface, seeing output rise to 800 hp.

But wait, there’s more. At the top of the heap is expected to sit a hybrid—yes, a hybrid Corvette—powertrain adding an electric motor to the front axle and utilizing the twin-turbo V-8 for the rear axle to generate a hypercar-rivaling 1,000 hp.

By now you’re probably wondering why GM would rock the boat with such a dramatic change to the Corvette formula. Apparently the front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout is reaching its limits. Also, the Alpha-based Camaro is already snapping at the heels of its big brother.

There’s also a bit of mid-engine Corvette history. Corvette father Zora Arkus-Duntov was a huge fan of the layout, especially for motorsports. He helped GM build a number of mid-engine concepts for testing purposes, the original being the first CERV (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) concept rolled out in 1960. Don’t be surprised if a Corvette ZR1 successor is named after him, since we know GM has a trademark for Zora.

Going mid-engine won’t be the only major change for the C8: another will be price. While the base C7 starts close to $60,000, the new price of entry is thought to be rising to approximately $80,000. The higher price can be justified by the more exotic layout, plus it provides a nice buffer with the Camaro. The change will also help the C8 become a semi-exotic halo model for Chevrolet worldwide, similar to what the GT-R is for Nissan and the NSX is to Acura and Honda. It will also make the C8 a better performer on the racetrack.

Production will take place at the Corvette’s home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. GM has spent over $700 million in upgrades to the plant in preparation for the new car.

Unfortunately, the news of the mid-engine Corvette means the C7 was the nameplate’s last with a front-mounted engine. The final C7, a black Z06, was sold for $2.7 million at a charity auction in June.

Chevy Bolt One Of The Cheapest EV’s To Insure

From: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/04/chevrolet-bolt-ev-among-cheapest-evs-to-insure/

Buying a new car is more than crunching numbers for a monthly payment. The cost of auto insurance can be a substantial factor in deciding what car you’ll buy — and insurance rates can vary wildly between year, make, and model. If you have a penchant for reducing your fuel cost, then one of the cheapest EVs to insure isn’t a Tesla Model 3, but a Chevrolet Bolt EV.

 

According to data collected by Insure.com, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is one of the least expensive EVs to insure, though it’s not the cheapest.

 

One of the cheapest EVs to insure is the Smart EQ ForTwo, which has an average annual premium of $1,486. That’s not much cheaper than the Bolt EV. However, comparing the two cars is unfair. The Smart EQ ForTwo is a two-door urban runabout, while the Bolt is a four-door compact. A bigger car should command a slightly higher premium. The Smart is also significantly cheaper than the Bolt, too.

 

Other electric cars with cheaper insurance include the Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf, and Audi e-tron, which is the most expensive car on this list with a price tag near $80,000. The Kia and Leaf are within a stone’s throw of the Chevrolet in terms of price — $1,663 and $1,727, respectively. The Audi command an average annual premium of $1,845,, while the Bolt averages $1,883.

 

Performance varies greatly, too, between the vehicles. While the Audi, Chevrolet, and Nissan all offer low- to mid-200-miles of range, the Soul only offers 111 miles, while the Smart offers a measly 58 miles. It’s like comparing apples to oranges even though insurance rates are similar. That could make this an unfair comparison.

 

The relatively cheap price to insure an electric vehicle — affordable compared to Michigan auto insurance rates — doesn’t equate to the cheapest vehicle to insure. That’d be the Honda Odyssey with an average annual premium of $1,298. The national average yearly premium rate is $1,812. That’s slightly less than the Bolt’s $1,883 premium.

Read more: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/04/chevrolet-bolt-ev-among-cheapest-evs-to-insure

 

Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Spy Shots

From: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/spied-detailed-chevrolet-mid-engine-corvette-gallery/

Fresh Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Photos Show New Details
By: Collin Woodard | Photography by: Brian Williams February 22, 2019

We’ve seen tons photos of mid-engine Corvette prototypes and pieces over the past couple of years, but the cars are almost always wearing heavy camouflage. Because of that, it’s been hard to make out many details. Today, though, one of our spy photographers sent us a huge gallery of one of the least-camouflaged C8 prototypes we’ve seen to date.

One of the first things that stands out is the prominent rear spoiler, which represents a departure from past prototypes we’ve seen. That could mean this version is some sort of high-performance model, or perhaps sports an optional aerodynamics package, but only those inside Chevy know for sure. There’s also something new mounted on the driver’s side of the hood, which is probably just a testing device, but we’re holding out for an external tachometer or boost gauge or a GM stock-price ticker. This example appears to wear the same five-spoke wheels we saw on a car testing on the Nürburgring last year.

Even though most of the car is disguised with little more than a wrap, Chevrolet made sure to keep the front and rear ends under much heavier camouflage. Looking more closely, it’s still a little hard to make out the shape of the headlights, but they do appear to be LED clusters with a turn signal closer to the wheels. Around back, you can also get a good idea of what the taillights will look like even though Chevy tried hard to cover them up. Interestingly, despite the Corvette going mid-engine, it looks like the taillights are very similar to the ones on the current C7. And we have to wonder if the rearview camera will be so prominent on the production version.

If you haven’t been following the mid-engine Corvette saga, here are the basics: The C8 will likely be more premium than the C7, judging by the interior photos we published in January, and features a unique center console with buttons arranged in single-file. We’ve also seen what is very likely the mid-engine Corvette’s key fob, which hints at a power retractable roof option. Engine choices are still unknown, but rumors have swirled of a carry-over engine serving for a year before giving way to a new dual-overhead-cam V-8 design, possibly involving forced induction. We expect the highly anticipated car to finally be unveiled at a special event in May of this year.

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