Here we see it again: the industry’s worst-kept secret, the mid-engine Corvette. This time, spy shots show off more of the car’s shape than ever before.
The party is certainly in the back with a long rear panel stretching the cabin of the mid-engine Corvette, while the front clip looks much shorter. Although, it’s easy to see some Corvette influence in the shape of the front end still. The pillars also look decidedly Corvette and the car’s mirrors remain attached to them, rather than the doors.
It may be a poorly-kept secret, but General Motors and Chevrolet have still denied the car even exists. So, we’re left with speculation and educated guesses over what the mid-engine Corvette may usher in. We may see a DOHC V8 engine arise with the C8 Corvette after the “LT5” code name has surfaced in multiple places, and the Corvette may eventually employ a hybrid powertrain. GM moved to trademark the “E-Ray” name in the past.
One thing is certain, however: this will be one of newly-minted GM design chief Michael Simcoe’s biggest projects. Work likely began under former design head Ed Welburn, but Simcoe will have the ultimate say on the Corvette’s design.
Rumors have created speculation that the mid-engine Corvette could debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, but it likely won’t hit the road until at least 2019. Until then, we’ll be sure to cover any and all information surrounding the mid-engine Corvette.
Spy shots: AutoGuide