Secrets of the 2020 C8 Mules

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    Secrets of the 2020 C8 Mules




    Given the nickname "Blackjack" by GM employees, the mid-engined Maloo was hand-built in 2014 at GM's Warren Technical Center in Michigan and served as the first C8 mule. Reflecting its Corvette ambitions, Blackjack sports an interior that shares its major hardware with that of the C7 Corvette. Likewise, Blackjack shares its V-8 engine with the seventh-generation Corvette, although it uses a Porsche-sourced dual-clutch automatic transmission (or PDK in Porsche-speak).

    GM couldn't let the public know what it was up to, so the company tested the mid-engine platform under the bodywork of a Holden Maloo pickup truck. Take one look at this cobbled together development mule, though, and it's obvious this is no ordinary Maloo. With its wide fender flares, big wing, and Corvette-sourced windshield and A-pillars, this hacked-up Holden fooled few into believing it was anything but an early development vehicle for a forthcoming mid-engined sports car.



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    Re: Secrets of the 2020 C8 Mules

    I remember the spy shots and speculation that came along with this vehicle. Made for some interesting debate a few years back.
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    They didn't fool anyone


    we all knew it was a Mid Engined mule at the time
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    Re: Secrets of the 2020 C8 Mules

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    They didn't fool anyone


    we all knew it was a Mid Engined mule at the time
    I don't think they were fooling anyone, but there was much skepticism as to whether it would make it to market or not being that GM has been unable to pull the trigger on it since Zora was begging for it.

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    Re: Secrets of the 2020 C8 Mules

    Rubbing salt into the Holden wound.

    The story being touted in Australia is that a group of Australian journalists were going to be sent to the US to see the unveiling by Holden. They were meant to be gushing over the fact that the mule had a VE Commodore nose.

    Then the Holden PR guys found out that Holden was being flushed down the toilet and suddenly the invitations were revoked. Like it would have made any difference.
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