Waiting for the C8 mid-engined Corvette has been a masterclass in patience. Rumors of such a vehicle date back decades. General Motors and Chevrolet, for years, have denied such a vehicle in development. However, thanks to an abundance of spy photos in the last year, along with several patent and trademark filings by the Detroit automaker, we know the C8 mid-engined Corvette is coming. What we don’t know is when. Until we get official word from Chevy, we have to rely on spy photos and renderings to satiate our appetite. Thankfully, we have a quick, 360-degree rendering video that gives us our best look yet at the new Corvette.
While the engine moves from in front of the passenger compartment to behind it, the C8 Corvette’s styling is still distinctly Corvette. The rendering gives the mid-engined Corvette unique styling while maintaining brand cohesion. The rendering shows lighting elements that wouldn’t look out of place on a front-engined Corvette. Design lines and creases help sculpt the mid-engined chassis into an attractive sports car.
Yes, renderings like this are great to look at; however, at the end of the day, they are still just renderings—an imagining of a future automotive product. What we see here could be—and likely will be— different from what we get. Obviously, whatever Chevy unveils will be mid-engined. It’s the details that matter.
GM is keeping mid-engine Corvette deals under lock and key, but that doesn’t mean we’re clueless about what’s coming. We’re expecting the mid-engined Corvette to use a DOHC V8 engine—possibly related to the Cadillac Blackwing LTA mill—as opposed to a Small Block pushrod V8. The engine will likely pair with a dual-clutch gearbox though there could be a manual gearbox with a clutch-by-wire setup.
Sadly, we aren’t getting an official reveal anytime soon. Chevy has confirmed there will be no reveals from the team at the 2019 North American International Auto Show next month. The New York show would be a worthy contender for such a reveal, or Chevy could host a private event next year, gathering journalists around the world to focus solely on the mid-engined Corvette. The company did the same when it unveiled the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. We’ll have to wait and see.
Stay tuned to GMAuthority as we continue to break the latest mid-engine Corvette news and news on all other GM products as they happen.