Mid Engined Corvette

If all goes as planned, we’ll be lucky to see the new Corvette by summer.

mid engined corvette spy photoLast week Corvette dealers in the U.S. opened up pre-order forms for the mid-engined Corvette. That means there’s a reason to believe the new C8 could show up sooner than expected – even after delays. But now a new report suggests that there’s a reason the long-awaited ‘Vettes delay in the first place: the platform.

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The mid-engined Corvette is Chevy’s first vehicle with a fully “electrical architecture,” notes Hagerty‘s Don Sherman in a new report after speaking with multiple sources. But it won’t be the last. Each vehicle on this electrical architecture moving forward is loaded with more than 100 computer modules, allowing them to communicate on a Computer Area Network, or CAN. Engineers are reportedly still working out the bugs on this advanced new architecture.

a car parked on the side of a road: Mid-Engined Corvette© Motor1.com/Hersteller Mid-Engined Corvette

The second major issue, according to Sherman, is distortion of the aluminum spaceframe. During testing of C8 prototypes with the 900- (671-kilowatt) to 1,000-horsepower (745-kilowatt) V8 equipped, engineers cracked the glass on the rear hatch. The third issue is one with styling; engineers reportedly have to reign in designers in certain regards.

With the C8 Corvette’s debut inching closer, we now have a better idea of price. According to Sherman, the base C8 Corvette, with a 500-hp (372-kW) 6.2-liter V8, should start at around $60,000 to $70,000. The more-powerful models – particularly the rumored 1,000-hp variant – will easily exceed six figures.

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No word on exactly when Chevrolet will pull the cover off the new C8 Corvette, but don’t expect it at the New York Auto Show next month – or any auto show, for that matter. Hagerty suggests the new ‘Vette will show up at a standalone event this summer, possibly the National Corvette Museum’s 25th birthday in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Customers deliveries will kick off in 2020.

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Mid-engined corvette

Just another prototype caught in the wild…mid engine corvette?

For as much as Chevy is keeping quiet about the mid-engined C8 Corvette to the public, it’s hard to deny the car is coming when we’ve spotted countless test mules out on the road. The automaker even gave dealers a brief peek of the car last month. This video is further proof development is ongoing, though we’re uncertain when plans to reveal it.

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When Chevy gave dealers a peek, the user who dished all the details about what little he saw. He noted the Lotus-like hood and ZR1-like front bumper cover. That’s all he really said because that’s all he saw. From the photos and videos we’ve seen, the front is distinctly Corvette, while the rear end is wide – to fit the engine, naturally.

Just another prototype caught in the wild.

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Now, what engine will lurk back there is up for debate. Rumors suggest a biturbo 4.2-liter V8 being the main powertrain, which is different from the same engine planned for the CT6 V-Sport that produces 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) of torque. In the mid-engined Corvette, the 4.2-liter mill should produce 650 hp. There are also rumors of a biturbo 5.5-liter with a maximum horsepower of 850 hp.

Rumors of a mid-engined Corvette are not new. Some go back decades with magazines hinting that we’d see one in just a few years. Twenty years later, and we’re still waiting, but it finally feels we’ll get the long-awaited mid-engined Corvette.

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