Since GM lifted the skirt on the 2020 Corvette a couple weeks back the automotive world has been all aflutter discussing the details of Chevrolet’s new supercar. As the regional reveals and the dealer tours work their way across the county eager enthusiasts and potential customers are getting their first opportunity to see the car firsthand.
One of last weekend’s stop in the reveal tour was Plymouth, MI for the prestigious Concours d’Elegance of America. This show is widely considered to be one of the top car shows worldwide and attracts cars from all over the world to be shown on the lawn at the St. John’s country club. Last year GM showed several mid-engine concept cars here and this year we got to see the real thing.
The C8 display was set up near the center of the show. It consisted of a giant black air-conditioned pop-up showroom with a Torch Red on black Z51 Corvette inside. Outside sat a base level Ceramic Matrix Gray (don’t call it white!) car with red interior. Also outside was a throng of attendees waiting in line to see the new Corvettes. That line to get in was about 20-30 minutes long throughout the day.
Inside the showroom we saw much of the same material we’re seeing in the dealer tour displays so we won’t go into a bunch of detail here. We can tell you that the showroom showed all the various options you can choose from on your new C8. There were even examples of all three seat types for review in addition to many of the C8’s Genuine Corvette Accessories. GM has clearly caught on to the fact that us Corvette fans will purchase pretty much anything with a Corvette logo on it. GM product specialists wandered about answering questions, opening the hood and frunk, and removing the Targa top.
Later in the day, GM’s VP of Design, Michael Simcoe drove the Matrix Gray (still not white) car to the awards area and gave a short talk about it. At the end of Simcoe’s talk, the PA announcer held the microphone the exhaust while Simcoe revved the engine. 495 LT2 horsepower thundered through the fairways and nearly brought the show to a complete halt.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the C8 in person yet it’s probably just a matter of time now as GM’s marketing blitz and dealer tours continue to canvas the country. While you wait you can live vicariously through our gallery below.
Photos by Steve Burns