Rumor Claims Mid-Engine C8 Corvette Production Starting September 20194
Climb aboard for another mid-engine Corvette rumor. The latest comes from a fairly credited source, however. Auto Forecast Solutions claims the next-generation C8 Corvette will enter production in September 2019.
The rumor does line up with basic information we know so far about the revolutionary Corvette. Previous reports have pegged a 2019 production date to roll the C8 Corvette out as a 2020 model. Specifically, we’ve heard whispers of a 2019 Detroit Auto Show debut, or some sort of debut next spring.
The forecasting firm also said C7 Corvette production will end in August 2019, giving way to the mid-engine Corvette, though it’s still unclear how Chevrolet and General Motors plan to handle both cars. It appears likely that GM will sell both the C7 and C8 Corvettes alongside one another for some time, but the automaker hasn’t confirmed such a strategy.
It’s worth noting that the Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant where GM builds the Corvette is now capable of producing different vehicle on one line after a major investment and retooling. The added capability has fueled rumors that the C7 and C8 will live on alongside one another.
Stay tuned to the latest mid-engine Corvette news as it breaks and skip to 5:20 in the video for the Corvette news.
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I think it would be silly for Chevy to throw away the FR Vette. Would be like Porsche giving up on a rear engine 911. But if they do continue with the FR, the MR price would have to be justifiably higher which is also disappointing because an ‘affordable’ midengine sports car would be awesome.
Well the first mid engines will be the base cars and then followed up by the mid level and then the top end performance cars. This will take place over a couple years.
The ZR1 and Roadsters are the reason the front engine will live on for a couple years more.
While the mid engine is a targa it is not a convertible. Roadsters account for a large number of Corvettes sold and they will not be left out. Look in a year or two a mid engine roadster to appear to replace the C7.
What will happen as these other mid engine variant arrive the C7 sales will sharply decline and it will die quietly with few sheading a tear.
The average Corvette sold today is around $75K to $85 K since so many are the Z06 and Grand Sport models. The mid engine will be a little higher but not out of the range people already are paying.
Few people buy a base Corvette unless they are going racing.
The time line for September 2019 meets up with the racing plans as the C7 is racing again next year. Sept would be too late to make it legal for 2019.
Some folks think just because the engine is in back the car will be prohibitively expensive. That will not be the case. Tadge and crew will see to that. You may not get a DOHC TT with 800 HP but you will likely get the LT engine in the back for $68K.
Yes if you get active aero and all the bells and whistles it will get expensive but the standard car will be impressive and yet affordable to anyone who can afford a Vette today.
Reg: ” $68K” _ Scott, I just don’t see how that is possible.
Do you have any substantive construct to support that claim, other then ‘Tadge and Crew’ will make it happen.
Evidence that production of the C7 will end this year is availability of discounts of up to 15% on new C7s.