Following the most recent batch of spy shots showing off a decidedly mid-engine Corvette, Autoblog took to detail some of the most prevalent and popular rumors surrounding the revolutionary Corvette. Absolutely nothing has been confirmed on this top-secret project, so anyone’s guess is valid at this point.
Without further ado, here are a few of the rumor highlights:
The pushrod V8 is dead
This isn’t so much a rumor as it is reality. There will come a point when the old-school pushrod V8 will simply not support more sophisticated VVT systems. Rumors peg the mid-engine Corvette to arrive with a pushrod V8 at first, but then an overhead-cam will follow to take its place. We’ll also add the rumor of a twin-turbocharged V6 engine appearing at some point in the mid-engine Corvette’s lifetime. That little rumor has yet to fade away, either.
The new Bowling Green assembly paint shop is really the mid-engine Corvette’s assembly line
It’s plausible that General Motors could be hiding funding for a new assembly line within the announcement of $439 million for a new paint shop at the Corvette’s Bowling Green assembly plant. The new paint shop will check in at 450,000 square-feet, which is nearly half the size of the entire plant currently. It’s also a pretty damn expensive paint shop for just one vehicle…
Corvette will be spun off as its own brand
There are arguments for and against this move. We’ve detailed them in the past, but it stands as an ongoing rumor to this day. Corvette could be spun off as its own brand to allow a fuller lineup of vehicles in the spirit of what Porsche has done. It could mean a front-engine Corvette sold alongside a mid-engine one, a hybrid and more. But, it’s likely Chevrolet will keep all the goodies for the foreseeable future.
It’s not a Corvette, but instead a Cadillac
Another long-running rumor is the idea that this is not a Corvette, but instead flagship Cadillac super car. There’s really no concrete evidence to suggest Cadillac will be gaining a mid-engine sports car, but the platform on which this rumor exists is solid. It would give Cadillac a true Audi R8 fighter (which launched under de Nysschen’s tenure at Audi) and the Corvette would retain its front-engine layout.