Last year, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the official distributor of Chevrolet in the Philippines, announced that they’ll be launching a number of vehicles this year. Two of those, the Trailblazer and Tracker, have already made their way here. Three other vehicles are supposed to arrive this year, namely the Chevrolet Corvette C8, Tahoe, and Suburban. The American automaker has so far been quiet about these three other cars, at least until now.
A teaser was posted on the Chevrolet Philippines Facebook page, showcasing the badge of the new Corvette C8. How can we tell that this is not the outgoing C7 Corvette? Well, the badge of the C8 Corvette looks slightly different. Whereas the C7’s flags only merge at the lower tip of the flag poles, the flags in the C8 have completely merged right in the middle of the emblem.
Nevertheless, what can we expect from the Philippine-market C8 Corvette? Power will be definitely be provided by an all-new, mid-mounted 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine that produces 490 hp and 630 Nm of torque, enough for a 0-100 kph time of just 3.5 seconds. An optional Z51 Performance Package in the North American market boosts output to 495 hp and 637 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. It is still unknown whether we will get the Z51 Performance Package as standard or not.
These engine specs, however, are for the North American market. Europe has its own Corvette for the first time, and due to stricter emissions in their region, it produces less horsepower than what North America is getting. In their case, it produces 475 hp and 613 Nm of torque. As a result, 0-100 kph happens in 3.7 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds slower than the North American version. Let’s hope that we get the North American rather than the European version (as shown).
Whatever the case, expect a completely different interpretation of America’s answer to the Porsche 911s and Audi R8s of the world. Switching to a rear mid-engined layout gives the C8 a completely different look compared to any Corvette before it. Expect the same inside, with a completely revolutionary interior design that looks and feels far more premium than its predecessors.
The American automaker has not announced any other details other than posting the logo of the new Corvette C8. With only a few months before 2021 ends, the arrival of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is definitely going to happen sooner rather than later.