The internet was abuzz this week after two C8 Corvette prototypes were spotted in the Port Huron, MI. We figured that additional people would also be posting some photos and sure enough, we got a quick video and some excellent screen shots from a local truck driver who spotted the C8 Corvette with the wing spoiler. It’s also the same car that we alleged was being driven by Corvette product manager Harlan Charles.
This truck driver gave a pretty good running commentary on what he was seeing when he pulled up next to the camouflaged prototype at a stoplight. I haven’t come across anyone yet who gives the ME’s wing spoiler a thumbs-up and he agrees that it just doesn’t look right on the car. With active aerodynamics rumored to be part of the performance package, perhaps this is just a placeholder until the actual car is revealed.
In the earlier post this week, I wondered if this could be the widebody C8 making its first outing but I’m not so sure when viewing these new photos. The change in the front grill would lead me to believe that different panels are in use to make the car wider. But it could also be just the perception that the car is wider because of the side rocker panels which seem to add some girth to the car and the camouflage which also seems to distort and obscure the feature lines. Let’s not forget that GM has people who specialize in making new cars nearly indistinguishable in photos despite driving them in plain sight.
We did get a glimpse of the interior through the windshield and see that the driver is wearing a red seatbelt. Although different materials and colors are planned for the interior, we bet there will be a lot of similarities with the C6 and C7 in how Chevy packages and options the various trim levels for the C8 Corvette.
We almost got to hear the C8 prototype pull away from our truck driver, and like him, we curse that red truck that was in the lane next to the prototype and effectively covered up any sounds from the mid-engine Corvette.
Here is the video from Rekich 482 / YouTube.
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