The mid-engine Corvette is continuing to drop its camo, with the latest spy shots revealing that that at least two body styles will be offered. With GM executives are beginning to publicly acknowledge the model’s existence, it should be safe to say that development of the supercar is nearing completion. And that brings us to the question of when Chevrolet will debut its supercar.
Potential Launch Events
As we look ahead, three possibilities present themselves as potential venues for the mid-engine Corvette’s debut:
- The LA Auto Show in November 2018
- The NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) in January 2019
- A private event at an unknown point in the future
If we had to put money on it, we’d bet that there will be a private, media-only reveal in the days leading up to NAIAS – which is exactly what Chevy did in unveiling the C7 Corvette. It would be fitting to introduce the revolutionary Corvette in Detroit, which continues to be the epicenter of the domestic auto industry.
Notably, the mid-engine Corvette was recently seen proudly displaying its American heritage while blitzing around the Nürburgring, further emphasizing this vehicle’s relevancy to the domestic market… though we should note that the sticker was probably mandatory for the car to drive on EU roads.
For the time being, we’ll continue to patiently wait for Chevy to drop the curtain on the highly-anticipated mid-engine Corvette.
About The Mid-Engine Corvette
As we eagerly await the arrival of the mid-engine Corvette, we can only imagine how the final product will turn out. That said, we are equipped with a solid collection of information that we’re fairly certain about.
First up is the most notable and obvious change – the switch to a mid-engine layout, which represents a significant departure in engineering compared to the first seven Corvette generations, which had a front-engine layout. The transformation is believed to be a result of engineers looking to deliver an even better driving experience and handling characteristics than the current model, especially at the limit. In that regard, a mid-engine layout allows for a higher performance envelope than the front-engine configuration.
The mid-engine Corvette is expected to be powered by several new gasoline engines mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission. An electric or electrified variant is possible, potentially called Corvette E-Ray, which GM has already trademarked. One of the models will likely be called Corvette Manta Ray (also trademarked) and another Corvette Zora (trademarked as well) as a tribute to the first Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. Nicknamed “Father of the Corvette”, Arkus-Duntov is credited with pioneering the idea of a mid-engine Corvette.
Recently, we’ve gotten a (small) taste of the interior, we’re quite certain that the model will be available as a hard-top convertible variant along with a targa-top model with a removable roof, and that it will have an advanced aero-improving spoiler. There’s also a C8.R Corvette in the works for racing duty.
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