There’s been word going around for a long time now about the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette being mid-engined. This week, our photographer has spotted what certainly looks to be a prototype of the C8 ‘Vette.
From the shots, it seems the next-generation Corvette will be similar in dimensions to the C7, but you can also clearly see signs of a mid-mounted engine. The photos reveal prominent buttresses behind the B-pillar, flanking the rear deck covering the engine. While it appears that the engine cover is a vertical pane between the headrests, it’s also likely that the production version will have a sheet of glass between the buttresses exposing the engine.
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Although the tester is camouflaged, you can see a backup camera placed high on the rear header, which points to a rearview mechanism similar to that employed in the Cadillac CT6.
While the current Corvette’s LT1 V8 is likely to carry over as the base powertrain option, we expect a new twin-turbo V8 to be the main engine. The C8 Corvette is expected to come out some time next year as a 2020 model, which means the 2019 ZR1 could well be the swansong for front-engined Corvettes.
Stay tuned here for more updates as they emerge.
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