GM recently took the wraps off the latest Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8. The much-awaited iconic American sports car gets a complete overhaul differentiating it from its predecessor. In addition, the much welcomed change is that the new Corvette gets a mid-engine layout. Take a look at this drop-dead gorgeous machine through this picture gallery.
Design-wise, it looks similar to the C7 Corvette, especially at the front. The front hood and even the roofline draws cues from the older model.
Yes, it's unmistakably a Corvette and now the side scoops are identical to the ones seen in the late 1980s on the Corvette Indy, and even the CERV III mid-engine concepts.
A futuristic expression is still made through the new tail lamp design, which is in line with the design of the older Corvettes.
And yes, that's a trunk slotted in just after the engine. So there are two storage options as there's one compartment under the front hood too.
The new Chevy C8 Corvette is also more powerful than its predecessor as the naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 mill now churns out 495bhp of power and 637Nm of torque.
Thanks to a Z51 Performance Package, all this power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
And though there might be higher-spec versions, this base Corvette is no slouch as it's capable of sprinting from 0-100kmph in just under three seconds.
Inside, the Stingray's cabin also gets a makeover. It now hosts of new digital displays for the instrument cluster and the infotainment system.
Interestingly, this driver-centric design literally separates the driver's seat and the passenger's with an array of switches and buttons on the centre console.
Other creature comforts that the sports car boasts of include heated steering wheel, heated seats with memory function, a 10-speaker Bose sound system and even a Performance Data Recorder.
Every Corvette has always had a removable roof and it has been retained on this one too. Distinctively, the front-end of the car automatically raises itself to clear obstacles.
There's no question about the car's fun-to-drive DNA and well-balanced handling on the track despite having been designed to offer superior ride comfort on the highway.