By on July 18, 2019

I’m in California today so that I can see the new Chevrolet C8 Corvette in the flesh. The reveal will take place later tonight.

In advance of that event, friend of TTAC Bozi Tatarevic has tweeted out a photo of the car’s interior. It looks, um, interesting.

The pic appears to be a press photo, and it shows a center-stack infotainment screen oriented to the driver, and a whole lot of buttons among a handrail along the center console. I really do mean a lot of buttons. Jalopnik counted 20 buttons, and my count is close — I tallied 19. Given how hard it is to see all the buttons, the discrepancy isn’t surprising. Either way, it’s an odd design.

Other notable details include what looks like a push-button shifter and what looks to me like some sort of mouse-like controller for the infotainment system. The gauge cluster looks digital, and the infotaiment system appears to use MyLink.

We’ll see the whole thing in the flesh tonight — check back tomorrow morning for the full skinny, complete with pics and my initial hot take.

[Image thanks to Bozi Tatarevic]

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85 Comments on “Corvette Interior Pic Leaks Ahead of C8 Reveal...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Owners can be no wider then 23 inches

  • avatar
    Matt51

    Chastity belt interior.

  • avatar
    Mackey

    Almost looks like a modern day take on a 1980s Corvette interior, a’la Sketch Monkey… Not the same, but inspired by…

    • 0 avatar

      Exterior pictures are already available all over the planet. GM: generic motoring and now design too? Is that what they are trying to convey? What an uninspired, sad affair, this new Corvette. Swapping engine placement could have been a landmark event and statement for GM. It isn’t. Quite the opposite. It oozes Me-Tooism all over the car. Maybe in time this rear-engine Corvette will be seen as symptomatic for the deplorable state GM is in, the so-called Trump years, where Detroit no longer were forced to be innovative and competitive.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        Trump ruined the ergonomics of the new Corvette’s interior! Is there a prize for the most pathetic exhibition of TDS?

        • 0 avatar
          Lockstops

          Haha, TDS is everywhere!

          BTW have you seen the transmission selector? To get the Corvette slotted into ‘D’ you pretty much have to grab it by the p***y!

          They should’ve renamed the old transmission positions:
          PRND for Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive
          And made it with new markings:
          SRCG for Stop (your finger went too far back, we’re done for the day!), Reverse (almost there, just back up a bit), C (I’m not going to spell that one out, but suffice to say you can hit that to get some noise out of it but you won’t be going anywhere yourself), and G (spot) for GO!

        • 0 avatar
          EquipmentJunkie

          Thanks for the hilarious TDS comment, ToddAtlasF1! I all but spit out my sip of coffee.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Damn, that’s all kinds of messed up. But, these cars are less for driving and more for trophy collecting, so who cares about ergonomics?

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    No matter how disappointing Guangzhou Motors (GM) is….

    No matter how awful/dreadful their design, their products, their quality…

    No matter how much complete and utter incompetence exists in their executive suites…

    No matter how they continuously f*ck up even the few former decent vehicles that did possess (Silverado/Sierra, lack of evolution in Tahoe/Suburban, Blazer, this C8 monstrosity)…

    …It’s’not possible to convey the level of FUBAR that is Guangzhou Motors given the limitation of the English Language.

    • 0 avatar

      China is a winner, today and forever, so I see nothing wrong with GM’s gradual sinification. That is the model that all companies will and must follow. Because USA is a crumbling racist giant, personification of Evil on the Earth esp with Mr.T in WH. And China is the new hope, our egalitarian future. Consider Google – they refused to develop AI solutions for US military but are very enthusiastic doing just that for PLA. They moved AI research to China because that’s where the future is unfolding in all its AI glory, that’s where all the AI and ML talent is. And for much less dough.

      • 0 avatar
        JoeBrick

        @InsidetheWallslookingout- “China is a winner, today and forever, so I see nothing wrong with GM’s gradual sinification. That is the model that all companies will and must follow. Because USA is a crumbling racist giant, personification of Evil on the Earth esp with Mr.T in WH.”
        Thank you, Mz. AOC / Talib / Pressley / Omar ! Your mouth is running again.

        “And China is the new hope, our egalitarian future. Consider Google – they refused to develop AI solutions for US military but are very enthusiastic doing just that for PLA. They moved AI research to China because that’s where the future is unfolding in all its AI glory, that’s where all the AI and ML talent is. And for much less dough.”
        And you want to live under a democrat/socialist type tyranny like the one in China ? That is the alternative to the OrangeMan. You are right about one thing- Google, Youtube, Facebook and Tweeter must die.
        P.S.- the two halves of your post seem incongruent. Please explain.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I think this is what people in 1978 thought the Corvette interior would look like in the year 2000.

    Really, the entire C8 seems like GM found detailed plans written in 1978 for a mid-engined Corvette. And, once discovered in the back of an old filing cabinet they decided “screw it, let’s build that”.

  • avatar
    pmirp1

    Holy button overload Batman

  • avatar
    Mike-NB2

    I can’t say why I think this, but as futuristic as it is, it has an almost retro vibe to it too. Maybe I need a drink…

  • avatar
    JoeBrick

    That row of buttons- Very strange…Mary must have got a DEAL on buttons left over from a Chinese maker of 1980s VCRs…

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    AUSTIN ALLEGRO FANS REJOYCE!!

  • avatar
    TimK

    Maybe the owner’s manual will include a Klingon dictionary to translate the glyphs on all those tiny buttons.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Another point is that unless this is some optional interior layout or the perspective is all messed up I don’t see how this design will be able to accommodate a manual transmission in the future.

    • 0 avatar
      jack4x

      The size of that transmission tunnel makes me think an AWD model is inevitable though.

      • 0 avatar
        Lockstops

        Or about 6-10kWh of batteries and electric front motor(s). There is room in the front for FWD motors if you delete the trunk…

      • 0 avatar
        afedaken

        Which begs the damn question: why is there a transmission tunnel at all if the engine and transaxle are both in the rear?

        There are things to love and hate about the corvette, but one of the things I’ve always loved was that there was ROOM inside. A tunnel this big is super counterproductive.

  • avatar

    I can hardly see any details on that tiny photo so will not comment. Oh shoot, I just did.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    This is the worst interior I’ve ever seen, I’m not just saying that because the car details are a let down, the button row is unimaginative and very 1980s GM, that’s just horrible put those guys back in the old folks home and find new engineers. The iPad is the worst implementation I’ve seen to date, it forgives the horrible designs from Audi and Kia and sets an all new low. Literally looks like a propped up IPad, facing towards the driver makes no sense. And what the hell is that thing under the IPad? Looks like a vibrator of some kind, where’s the shifter?

    Lastly from me what’s with the door panel? I don’t think an F250 has a door handle and door panel that large did design teams get mixed up somewhere?

    The C5 interior puts this to shame, this is horrible. I hope this was a joke.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    I’m on a mobile device in transit – can someone with mad tech skillz do a side-by-side portrait of the existing C7 interior (one of Guanhzhou Motors best efforts in many, many sharpS and this?

  • avatar
    Best_Ever

    What…in the frick…is that…

  • avatar

    The button stick is a mistake.

    • 0 avatar
      Lockstops

      I was looking closer at that and though a single row of buttons would seem unergonomic (as it is in cars like Mercedes and Audi on the dash horizontally), this differs in how the buttons are different in shape and therefore feel. Plus it looks like you can use them while resting your hand on that ridge, so it’s more stable to use.

      It might be an excellent ergonomic solution allowing users to operate those functions without a need to look at the buttons. It’s easier to commit the locations to memory too as distance vertically (and with change in distance) feels more different than distance horizontally in an identical row of buttons.

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        Acura has been using this design for a few years now. I think it’s now leaking into Hondas as well. I doubt it’s popular, but people seem willing to put up with it because they’re unwilling to pay the price for a better luxury brand.

  • avatar
    Matt51

    Exterior pics leaked on line. Do a web search. Starting price said to be $70k. My vote – vomit – compared to a real Corvette.

  • avatar
    Best_Ever

    youtube.com/watch?v=DU_Gd623HJo

  • avatar

    It all depends on the execution. I like the interior shot. A vette is a fun car, not an minivan. If the interior is set up to make it easy to go fast, and the switchgear breaks with tradition and has quality feeling, it will be OK.

    Chevy should keep them limited in production….otherwise it will be the classic first few are Additional Dealer Profit, the next will be long lists, and after six months and the early adopters/collectors have bought, they’ll have a lot of produced and unsold.

    Better they should be a bit like Ferrari and make just a few less than they can sell.

    (puts down crack pipe)

    Oh, this is GM. Expect $20 saved in the interior, two recalls for transaxle/engine parts not properly vetted, and CUE. Sadly, the GM parts bin is behind that pretty face….

  • avatar
    JoeBrick

    Are the rest of you guys going to stay up tonight to see the reveal ? We can chat about it in the new thread…

    LOL, only kidding

  • avatar
    iNeon

    I feel a few things about this:

    Will my elbow rest -in- the oversized pull-cup?

    The Wal*Mart iMac growing out of the IP, horror-show vestigial twin style— Ew.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Good. Good.

    Let the hate flow through you.

  • avatar
    raph

    Not digging the uhhhhh??? Center stack at all.

  • avatar
    Best_Ever

    And with the reveal, I’m gonna have to nope out. That’s not a Corvette.

  • avatar
    namesakeone

    How are they going to get that to accommodate three-row seating?

  • avatar
    Lockstops

    1530kg (3,366 pounds), 495hp, 0-60 in under 3s (Z51), base price under $60K.

    Suck it Tesla.

    This thing will sell like hot cakes. In fact: they had my curiosity; but now they have my attention.

    • 0 avatar
      jack4x

      I think a lot of other car makers are waking up scared this morning. Specifically those who make the:

      -Supra (ouch, everyone defending the $50+K price point looks a bit foolish now)

      -NSX (what’s the appeal of spending twice as much for basically the same car?)

      -Cayman/Boxster (Yeah, people don’t cross-shop Porsche and Corvette, I bet they will now)

      Special mention to C7 owners who are about to take a depreciation bath the likes of which are rarely seen.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        Isn’t the base price $70K? There’s no price where that interior becomes attractive.

        The big losers on the C7 will be the dealers who have thousands of them in the hope of getting C8 allotments and the buyers of C8s, who have to offset all the losses the dealers are taking on C7s in order to have the opportunity to violate people who need the attention of one of the first C8s.

        The NSX, which looks infinitely better than the C8 inside and out, was DOA because nobody needed a hybrid supercar that matched the performance of conventional supercars that cost a third less.

        The Supra is meaningfully cheaper than this car and has an acceptable interior. It also isn’t as much slower as you think. I still don’t know who would want a BMW with a Toyota badge. BMWs are bought for the badge. Toyotas are bought for the quality. A Venn diagram of their customers would be two circles with a gap in between consisting of people who don’t care about perception or reality.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          Price is under $60k, I have it say just by the numbers it’s not bad, price is a bit more than I think it should have been but not ridiculously more. I think the real problem is the interior and exterior, the whole car screams 1980s to me, it looks drastically outdated compared to the C7, interior and especially exterior.

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            $60K is an aggressive price. I see that if you want the promised performance you have to spring for the Z51 package and the sport exhaust. And pay for the loss the dealer took on C7s to get C8s. I hope GM made money on all those obsolete C7s stinking up dealer lots, because the Los Angeles Chevy dealers are going to make more money from C8s before winter than GM will make off the entire run.

      • 0 avatar
        Lockstops

        Yeah, I was barely even registering the fact that the new Corvette was coming out. Now I realise it might be a major game changer.

        I was just agonising over what is on offer as a ‘pure’ sports car with multiple cylinders (more than 4), preferably mid-engined, and not priced insanely high trying to be an ‘exclusive’ and ‘luxury’ product.

        All there is on the market is Chinese Lotuses which have their issues/challenges customer experience-wise and super expensive Porsche 718 limited editions (? at least they’ll be hard to get). The rest are either huge compromises in the engine department (lots of otherwise exciting 4-cylinder sports cars but I just can’t get excited enough to spend more than daily driver money on those). Or then MUCH more expensive supercars.

        This C8 is basically in supercar-territory with nothing extra and nothing (important) missing. As you said: who wants to pay so much more for a far more humdrum and (very likely) more boring NSX?
        Why pay much more for an Audi R8, it’s not as if the Audi brand is a very big draw. It just has a bit more horsepower, and a lot more price.
        What else is there, the big Porsche 911 which nowadays is almost a GT-Coupé? It costs massively more!

        No, if the price is what’s been said the C8 will be lower enough in price to make it open to a clientele that is multiple times the size of the far pricier ‘supercars’. What you said about this vs. the Supra being on the cards shows how this will rock the marketplace.

        • 0 avatar
          jack4x

          I think cars like the R8 and 911 have enough of a brand image to be OK. There were already plenty of cheaper cars offering better performance.

          But I really think the C8 is going to put a hurt on the Supra and the Cayman. And the GT-R and NSX hardly need the help to sell worse, but where is their appeal anymore? You’d have to really be anti-GM not to give this a chance. I think it’s a home run.

      • 0 avatar

        or folks who snatch a c7 for under 40K…

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Is a sub $60k starting price confirmed or is that just internet rumor right now?

      As a Supra intender, the C8 didn’t blow away the BMWyota for me. Although overall I did like what GM showed.

      The big issue on the C7 vs Supra was that GM’s 8A is awful (I’m dirty automatic-driving scum). If the new DCT is also awful (especially in nontrack situations) that will obviously be a problem for the Corvette.

      Another thing is that the base C8 sounds knee-capped a bit compared to the other trims, while the Supra is going to perform the same in every trim. If you need to spend $70K to get the “good” C8 (with FE3, Z51, etc.) then it’s really out of the Supra’s scope. A base Supra vs base C8 test would be interesting, but I doubt anyone will ever run that.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I believe the $60000 price was confirmed by GM itself. Of course, I’m sure it’s $59999 before s&h, and good luck finding a truly base one, but there you have it.

        • 0 avatar
          ajla

          Finding a base one on the lot might be tough, but there are a few specialty Corvette dealers that would order me a totally base one if that is what I wanted.
          The harder part will be finding a base one to test drive.

      • 0 avatar
        Lockstops

        Seems to be confirmed, though I won’t trust that info until it’s official. Base price tells nothing unless we know what base equipment will be either…

        Well, I was (note: I haven’t driven it yet) already less than impressed with the Supra’s claimed ‘everyday-oriented’ setup, low power, high weight and the high price for a car based on an ‘ordinary’ sedan architecture.

        So far it doesn’t sound like the base C8 is knee-capped at all. The Z51 brings a lot of nice things but nothing must-have it seems. Sure, if the base model tires are really cheap then that’ll immediately hike up the price since those need to be rectified, but otherwise if you don’t track the car it looks like it’ll still be great without the Z51. Still the same engine and gearbox, electronically controlled LSD (mechanical, right?), still an aluminium-tub mid-engined car. Just a matter of what the setup is like to drive on the base model.
        Video on the Z51 package:
        youtube.com/watch?v=v5S9NvOD3_8

  • avatar
    markmeup

    Dunno… I stumbled on this archived news story… seems relevant now.

    05/07/2018 Detroit Free Press:

    Yesterday afternoon, while clearing out a now defunct General Motors warehouse… demolition workers discovered 267 cases of 1987, unused NOS Pontiac STE interior control buttons.

    When queried as to what would come of the newly found 31 year old buttons…
    Mary Barra, General Motors CEO was quoted as saying: “C8 Stingray, boys…can you hear me now? Let’s do this!”

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Sorry, haters…it’s cool.

  • avatar
    tomLU86

    Marked up–very good news story!

    Some observations:

    Not sure photo is legit. Very difficult to perform certain acts due to massive console in the way…..

    If GM paid hundreds of journalists’ expenses, no wonder they have no money for interiors in general….

    If it’s under $60k, I’ll be impressed. I figured it would be $10-20 more than outgoing car.

    If it’s under 3400 lbs, that’s impressive also

    I eagerly await “official” TTAC pics

  • avatar
    geo

    I suppose a bad Corvette interior has become tradition. This one seems designed for husbands who dislike their wives. I can’t imagine a woman being happy to sit behind that unpleasant castle walkway of buttons.

    I don’t understand what’s happening to car design of the past decade. It’s like we reached peak car design fifteen ago, and designs are getting weirder due to lack of new directions. Sort of like how rock music was played out decades ago; there was nowhere new to take it, so bands just got weirder, the music uglier.

    A return to beauty and simplicity would be nice but perhaps this wouldn’t equal sales, as we are now an attention-grabbing society.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      You are right about automotive design. One manufacturer comes up with something new, and it spreads across the industry, frequently mutating into something worse, until it’s completely played out. Large grilles, LED running lights, vents and scoops that lead nowhere, floating roofs.

      I think VW and Dodge were probably the last two who used a ruler in designing their cars, and the latter only did so because they were going retro. I really the miss boxy designs of the 80’s.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      Very well stated, Geo.

      My four latest vehicle acquisitions are 2005-2010 vintage. The ’05 is glorious.

    • 0 avatar
      tankinbeans

      The angry Pokemons; you gotta catch them all.

  • avatar
    markmeup

    @Best_Ever –

    “….that’s not a Corvette.” <<——sad truth.

    well, ok a semblance in the tail lamps. like so much today, extreme & over the top.

    GM, why you gotta mess with an American Icon, chasing after Ferrari and Lambos? why not just BE a Vette. (applied formula-Cadillac here. just swap/insert:'BMW'for 'Ferrari/Lambo' and 'Cadillac' for 'Vette')

    Welp… at least had a good run with 2, 3, 4 & 7

  • avatar
    Acd

    Did Alfa Romeo help out with button placement?

  • avatar
    craiger

    Chevrolet has a configurator set up. You can pan and zoom in the interior.

  • avatar
    cprescott

    It is odd that there at 19-20 buttons on the side of a vehicle that is designed to go fast – at what point can someone traveling at the speed that they’ll push this hideous mid-engined horseless carriage actually FIND the button they want without killing themselves and others? This is the most insane idea for interior design ever. And to think people were whining in the 1950’s and 60’s about push button automatic transmissions. Going 80 mph trying to find the right button is going to be so precious. And since only oldsters will be able to purchase this at a price that will well exceed the bait and switch $60k price, Corvette will start culling the limited pool of idiots who will buy this.

    Progress at GM – moving the engine from front to mid-engined under the excuse that it improves performance. I didn’t realize engine performance was limited by having the engine in the front. And handling and cornering was not a deficit in the prior version at highway speeds. So the excuse given is specious. I think that GM sold itself that because it wanted a mid-engined product 40 years ago that they vowed they would do it now while they have the money to build it. After this weak effort and the cowardly cancelling of the Camaro, there is precious little to find MODERN about GM.


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