Car and Driver has not been shy about divesting what it hears about the oft-rumored, nowadays expected, mid-engine Corvette. Recently, the magazine has spilled plenty of new, rather detailed tidbits in a new report. Specifically, it provides a timeline of C7 Corvette happenings, and when we should finally see the next generation Corvette make its big splash.
According to the report, the “C8 Corvette” will show face as soon as the 2018 North American International Auto Show, where it will feature an updated version of the current 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. Moreover, the report says that this engine mounted in the middle of the vehicle, and goes on to say that an all-new, four-cam, 32-valve DOHC V8 will come later. C&D pegs its starting price at just $80,000. The C8 may even wear the “Zora” nameplate, paying homage to the Zora Arkus-Duntov, father of the Corvette program. Duntov was also an advocate for a mid-engined Corvette. Alas, such a model never reached production in his lifetime. But there have been several concepts.
As for the C7 Corvette, according to Car & Driver, it will expire in 2018 in its current form, with a C7 Corvette ZR1 coming to the 2017 North American International Auto Show as the seventh-generation’s goodbye. That would make the C7 one of the shortest generation of Corvette in some time, if proven correct.
Furthermore, by 2020, the Corvette team reportedly has aspirations to hybridize the Corvette in some way, with the recent E-Ray trademark filing as the name.
We wish it were as easy as simply asking the nice people at Chevrolet if this has any merit, but alas, it is not. We’ll have a better idea after the 2017 NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan if this timeline rings true. In the meantime, GM is holding its Corvette secrets very tightly against its chest.