With the official release of the new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette coming tonight, it’s only right that we up the excitement for what’s going to be a massive change.
Not only is it going to be mid-engined as I’ve just stated, but it’s going to wear the Stingray name, one of the most iconic badges in motoring history, let alone the Corvette’s.
Chevrolet’s media site reads the following:
“Did you know the second-generation Corvette debuted as a Sting Ray in 1963? This nameplate ran until 1976, and was then revived in 2014 to introduce the seventh-generation Corvette. Chevrolet is proud to announce the Stingray name will live on’.
There’s not a lot we know about this new C8 Corvette, but we do know it’s going to have a dual-spoke steering wheel, and hiding behind this will be silver paddle shifters for its automatic transmission.
This has come under a quite a bit of stick on Twitter from journalists such as Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire who say twin-spoke wheels not only look bad, but the thumb notches on this specific wheel are far too high. See below.
Two spoke steering wheels are the *worst.* didn’t look good on the ‘69 Mustang, didn’t look good on the ‘96 F150, doesn’t look good on anything, including the new C8. And why are the thumb notches so much higher than the shift paddles? You hold this thing at 4 and 8? https://t.co/XNsptNzD60
— Matt "Stick to Cars" Farah (@TheSmokingTire) July 13, 2019
Other two-spoke cars include the gorgeous Mercedes S Class which was let down by its wheel design, and the BMW i3. Something about the German car’s wheel looked off and ruined what was a great interior.
Let us know what you think of the Corvette and its new design elements. Will you be sad to see the front-engined Corvette go?