The mid-engine Corvette is starting to become less of a secret, and more of a worst-kept secret. The Detroit News has spilled the beans on the latest information from sources close to the Corvette program, and they’re saying it’s certainly a real thing.
Not only is it real, but it’s fast approaching. The unnamed sources stated a 2019 introduction date, with the mid-engine Corvette showing face publicly at a 2018 unveiling.
Most importantly, they commented on the future of the Corvette portfolio, and it may be bad news for purists: Chevrolet reportedly will only offer a mid-engine Corvette, with no front-engine variant in the future following the introduction of the C8 Corvette.
Interestingly, though, the sources stated the current C7 Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport (and possibly a C7 Corvette ZR1) would stick around through 2021 before signing off as the last front-engine, rear-wheel drive Corvette.
Switching to a mid-engine configuration not only allows for greater performance, but it may also help shed the Corvette’s elderly image. Tom Wallace, who was Corvette’s chief engineer from 2006 until 2008, said the median age jumped three years older during his time. “[It] scared the hell out of us,” he noted.
Further evidence for a mid-engine Corvette comes from former GM executive, Bob Lutz. GM’s former car guy stated the program was approved in 2007 but shelved in 2009 as the economy tanked. Lutz also stated the $800 million of investments into the Bowling Green assembly is a near-identical figure requested for the program nine years ago.
Spy shots of something decidedly mid-engined are also a good indicator something beastly cometh our way soon. For now, we patiently sit and wait.