Spy photographers were able to get a few shots of a C8 Corvette prototype working out at the GM Proving Grounds in Milford, MI. Photos of the occasion were shared by Car and Driver.
These are bought and paid for so head over to Car and Driver now and take a look, and then c’mon back for some of our helpful analysis.
The C8 shown here doesn’t have quite the same level of camo we’ve seen on other C8s that driving around recently. We get a good look at the front fascia that the Corvette team is now hiding. There doesn’t appear to be any fakery around the side scoops either. The nearly naked prototype body lines do seem enhanced by the black velcro used to batten down the heavier black camouflage covers previously used.
This prototype also doesn’t appear to have the production-ready headlights and taillights installed, but what is new are the two round exhaust pipes (one on each side) that we see sticking out the rear exhaust ports. Car and Driver says this could be for emissions testing of some sort.
What is striking about these photos is the proportions and shape of the car from the doors back. The rear of the car actually appears to slope downwards and there is no rear spoiler on this model either. There also appears to be a curvature in the rear fascia as opposed to the flat boxy shape from previous generations.
I would rate this C8 Corvette sighting as fairly significant in terms of what we are able to see here. And as the car was on GM’s private test track, I’m betting they aren’t too happy with this kind of attention either.
KGP Photography / Car and Driver
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