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2021 Chevrolet Corvette delayed again?

by Ronan Glon

Three issues -- one serious -- are delaying it.

The mid-engined, eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is the worst-kept secret in Detroit, but there is one piece of its puzzle that continues to escape us: its official introduction date. We expected to see it in the metal during the 2019 Detroit auto show, but it was allegedly delayed by an unspecified electrical problem. Its unveiling has been pushed back yet again, according to a recent report.

Citing "well-placed sources," Hagerty reported that Chevrolet engineers still haven't eliminated all of the electrical issues that originally delayed the model. They're due to an all-new electrical architecture that other General Motors models will also use.

The second, more serious issue is that high-performance variants of the car are too powerful for their own good. Engineers dropped a twin-turbocharged V8 engine tuned to deliver between 900 and 1,000 horsepower into a prototype, and watched in horror as it twisted the aluminum spaceframe, fracturing the glass hatch that covers the engine. Dialing down the power isn't an option, so Chevrolet needs to make the eighth-generation Corvette stronger.

Finally, the anonymous sources explained designers and test drivers don't agree on one key aspect of the car, but they couldn't provide more information. "It could be a visibility issue, some ergonomic shortcoming, or a cockpit design problem," Hagerty wrote.

The publication believes Chevrolet is now planning to introduce the eighth-generation Corvette during the Corvette Museum's 25th anniversary celebrations in late August. Production will begin towards the end of 2019, and the first examples will reach showrooms in early 2020. Of course, none of this is official; Chevrolet hasn't even acknowledged the car's existence, let alone talked about issues reportedly plaguing it and the delays they're apparently causing.

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