A mid engine Corvette prototype has been caught testing in Michigan by an intrepid Instagram user.
The prototype, two photos of which were shot and uploaded to Instagram by user rhurren505, looks a bit different than other test vehicles for the C8 Corvette. It could be that Chevrolet is slowly peeling back the camouflage and revealing more the vehicle, but the front fascia looks to have been restyled a bit, especially the nose and front intake vents. Black camouflage applied to sections of the rear also makes it easy to spot two large rear vents.
This prototype also has some new side rocker panels, it looks like, along with LED headlights and a small lip rear spoiler.
We’ve seen the same alloy wheels on other prototypes, but it’s interesting to see them painted matte black for this test car. We’ve also seen a different 5-spoke alloy wheel on other C8 test cars. We’re sure more wheel options will eventually be seen – the C7 Corvette has offered a ton of different alloys over the years, after all.
The mid engine Corvette is expected to be powered by a twin-turbocharged dual overhead cam V8 making around 700 hp, which will be paired with an automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Rumors indicate a cheaper entry level model may also arrive with a developed version of GM’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8, but at this point, it’s very hard to say what GM has planned.
A recent video surfaced of the GTLM/GTE racing version of the car testing at Sebring, which is expected to be called the C8.R. The video showed a C8.R pushing hard around the bumpy Florida raceway as it emitted a high-pitched noise similar to many other small displacement turbocharged V8 racing engines.
As GM Authority exclusively reported earlier this week, the mid engine Corvette will likely make its debut at an exclusive Chevrolet event next summer. Our sources allege the vehicle’s arrival has been pushed back six months due to electrical gremlins, but do not fret, Corvette fans – it’s coming.rhurren505 on Instagram]