The mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette will debut on July 18

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Also, GM chairperson and CEO Mary Barra along with Tadge Juechter took a prototype to a charity event in NY after the announcement with the auto heavily camouflaged, but giving a glimpse into what's in store.

GM did not reveal the location or the reason for the July 18 removal of the C8 camouflage. Chevrolet has ended months (years, actually) of intense speculation and spy shots by announcing that its highly anticipated, eighth-generation (C8) 2020 Chevrolet Corvette with a mid-engine layout will be revealed this summer. We've spilled plenty of ink (and pixels) about the upcoming C8 for the past five years (not to mention our relentless and breathless coverage of the idea of a mid-engined Corvette spanning several decades), and now Chevrolet is finally ready to talk about it as well.

We've also heard rumors that the midengine Corvette will be called Manta Ray (the current, seventh-generation Corvette coupe is called Stingray).

We finally have a date, folks! GM is keeping quiet about the technical details until the launch, which leaves us just one option - to speculate more. Despite his attempts, GM never executed a mid-engine Corvette. So, it won't be wildly more expensive. It will likely continue to drive the rear wheels, but a rumoured hybrid version that powers all four might be in the works. New information suggests GM may use the ZF 8-speed DCT which is equipped in a number of VW Group vehicles and will also go into the 2020 Porsche 911 model. But as good as the C7 is and has been, it has been slightly overshadowed by the imminent and much-rumored mid-engined C8, which we first saw spy photos of-and thus got confirmation of-in 2015.

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