The mid-engined Corvette is one of the most anticipated new cars right now. Rumors of such a vehicle in development have swirled for decades; however, this time it feels real. The numerous spy photos and video show some sort of mid-engined GM vehicle out testing. Fans have been scouring the internet for clues about the upcoming mystery model in hopes of finding a gold nugget of information—trademarks, patents, etc. Motor1.com is reporting Mid-engined Corvette Forum discovered two internal model codes for the 2020 Corvette that likely spell the program codes for the all-new model.
However, right now, all we can do is speculate about what the two codes represent—1YC07 and 1YC67. It’s easy to understand these codes if you look at GM’s internal codes for the current Corvette. 1YY is the current base car’s internal code while 1YW is for the Grand Sport, 1YZ for the Z06, and 1YV for the ZR1. This means the 1YC07 and 1YC67 could represent several different possibilities.
For example, the two newly discovered codes could indicate a refreshed front-engined Corvette for 2020 and a new special edition model, though there’s been little indication that this is happening otherwise. On the other hand, and most likely, one of those codes could represent the mid-engined Corvette we’ve been waiting so long to see. Without being directly involved in the program, it’s difficult to decipher exactly what those two new codes mean. 1YC could indicate a mid-cycle refresh with the 07 and 67 suffixes indicating variants like Z and V do for the current-generation Corvette.
It’s unlikely we’ll get an answer from Chevy about its use of internal model codes. That’s not information automakers often disclose. Chevrolet has said that it has no passenger vehicle plans for next week’s Detroit Auto Show. So, officially, the mid-engined Corvette will not debut there, but the latest rumor has suggest some kind of tease. Anonymous sources also said the car would be delayed at least six months after the discovery of an electrical issue during development. We’re playing a waiting game. It’s only a matter of time before GM reveals the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette.