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Corvette C8 for 2020 is so quick, its body bends in checks


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The redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Corvette’s new engine is reportedly so {powerful} that it is compromising the automobile’s structural integrity in testing, inflicting Basic Motors to delay the automobile’s reveal, in response to an trade report.

Sports activities automobile followers have been anxiously awaiting the debut of the eighth era of the Corvette, which bought its final complete overhaul with the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

However the 2019 Detroit auto present, which might have offered a serious international stage for the automobile’s unveiling, got here and went in January with no reveal.

What provides?

Effectively, it feels like GM engineers are scrambling to get the automobile prepared for prime time, partially as a result of they made it so {powerful} that the automobile is bumping up towards bodily limitations.

Classic-car insurer Hagerty reports {that a} Corvette prototype with a twin-turbocharged, 8-cylinder engine is producing 900 to 1,000 horsepower and is inflicting a “structural distortion of the aluminum spaceframe” throughout checks.

“The twist in again was sufficient to fracture the glass hatch overlaying the engine,” Hagerty reviews. “Be glad this flaw was found upfront of your high pace runs in Chevy’s designated Ferrari-beater.”

At these speeds, the brand new “C8” sports activities automobile could be quicker than the 2019 ZR1 efficiency mannequin, which GM has bragged is the fastest-ever ‘Vette at a high pace of 210 miles per hour.

Different bugs, together with electrical points, are additionally nonetheless being labored out, in response to Hagerty.

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GM representatives didn’t reply to requests for remark.

The Corvette is broadly anticipated to debut as a 2020 mannequin. 

The present model ranges in value from $55,495 to $128,900.

Hagerty estimated that the redesigned mannequin will begin within the vary of $60,000 to $70,000 and get a 6.2-liter, 8-cylinder engine with at the very least 500 horsepower, which might be about 50 greater than the present base model.

Observe USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey.

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