When Chevrolet’s mid-engine Corvette at long last reaches the market, it could compete directly with the blisteringly-fast Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S; new spy photographs depict three of GM’s camouflage-toting RMR Corvettes in a convoy on public roads with a 911 Turbo S in tow. Like the ‘Vettes, the Porsche wore a manufacturer’s plate on the rear, suggesting that General Motors has acquired the twin-turbocharged, rear-engine Porsche coupe for the purposes of benchmarking its own exotic, super-high-performance sportscar against it.
Road & Track published the spy photos, noting that benchmarking the forthcoming mid-engine Corvette against some of Porsche’s finest seems to fit with an established pattern; it is known that GM purchased Porsche 911s in the past to test previous versions of the Chevrolet Corvette against. Despite historically having engines installed at opposite ends of the vehicle, the two are natural rivals as both have been in continuous production for more than half-a-century, and each is the most famous and iconic performance sportscar from its respective manufacturer.
Granted, the forthcoming mid-engine Corvette is expected to cost less than half what the Porsche 911 Turbo S costs – according to some projections, far less, with Automobile speculating the new halo car could start as low as $65k. The fire-breathing hunk of metal that will sit behind the driver is still shrouded in mystery, but many suspect that a new, dual-overhead-cam V8 dubbed “LT5” could be in the works.
Regardless, if GM is indeed ensuring that its mid-engine Corvette can keep pace with the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, it ought to be a monster of a performance machine.