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author photo by Chris O'Neill April 2019

It's not every year that a new Chevrolet Corvette comes onto the market, so Chevrolet's announcement that a revolutionary new eighth-generation model is on its way is reason for excitement. While details are still slim, we know that big changes are afoot for this legendary American performance car, so here are 10 cool things you should know about the all-new C8 Chevy Corvette.

1. It Exists

The fact that General Motors is even acknowledging that a new Corvette is on its way is a big deal. For the past couple of years, spy shooters have captured test mules running around the GM proving grounds and on the street around the Detroit metro area, but it wasn't until early April -- via a post on the official Corvette Instagram account -- that GM even acknowledged its existence. The company then followed up its social media announcement with a viral marketing stunt where top executives drove a heavily camouflaged prototype around downtown Manhattan.

2. It's Mid-Engined

The big news with the new Corvette is that it moves to a mid-engine platform. A mid-engine Corvette has been rumored for years, and GM's desire to build a mid-engine performance car was evident as far back as 1986, when it introduced the Corvette Indy concept, and then again in 2002 when it introduced the Cadillac Cien concept. Mid-engine platforms are typically costly to develop, but offer great weight distribution and a low center of gravity, which helps with handling.

3. It'll Have V8 Power

All reports point to the new Corvette still using a range of V8 powertrains, although how much power they make remains to be seen. An updated version of the current C7 Corvette's 6.2-liter V8 making around 500 horsepower is likely to serve as the base engine, while a turbocharged V8 making upwards of 800 hp is likely in the cards as well.

4. It'll Have a Dual-Clutch Transmission

According to Hagerty, the C8 Corvette will offer one transmission option -- a 7-speed dual clutch automatic supplied by Tremec. This may come as a disappointment to drivers who prefer to row their own gears, but from a performance standpoint, it's impossible to beat the lightning fast shifts of a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

5. It Could Offer a Hybrid-Driven AWD System

As many performance cars head toward all-wheel drive, there's much speculation that the Corvette could offer it as well via electric motors powering the front wheels.

6. We Know What Its Key Fob Looks Like

Images of what is likely the new Corvette's key fob were revealed via FCC filings back in November. An all-new, unique design for GM, the new fob includes buttons for a front and rear trunk, and what looks to be a retractable roof.

7. It'll Remain Affordable

Hagerty also reports that the new Chevy Corvette will carry a starting price of between $60,000 and $70,000, which is in line with the price of the C7 model on sale today.

8. It Should Have an Upscale Interior

Spy shots posted by Car and Driver have shown touch-sensitive steering wheel controls and a multifunction control pad pulled from Cadillac. This would make sense, as GM would be wise to offer its new flagship model with an upscale interior, as it's one of the shortcomings of the outgoing model.

9. It May Spawn a Cadillac Variant

Images of a Cadillac version of the new Corvette's key were leaked to Jalopnik back in November, leaving many to speculate that a Cadillac variant is in development as well.

10. It Officially Debuts July 18th

The new Corvette officially debuts -- without camouflage -- on July 18 at a charity event in New York City honoring fallen firefighters and first responders. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale

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