A prototype mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette has been discovered and the newest tester bears the least camouflage clothing we've seen so far.
The mid-engined model is considered a next-generation C8 Corvette, due in time for the 2020 model year. The car was originally planned for 2019, but the 2019 Corvette Series is already in production. Nevertheless, the current C7 Corvette for the 2014 model is still relatively short-lived. The reason for the quick change is that General Motors had started to design a mid-engine for the C7, but blurred the plans in the wake of the bankruptcy of 2009 and some placeholders at the end of the C7
If we look at the new footage and video from prototypes, we see that the C8 is similar in size to the C7, but with a lower, wider position. There will be no vertical doors from many exotics, though it looks like there's a short front overhang. Flanked by the engine compartment, it looks like a few thick buttresses. We were told that designers would put a glass in the middle to show the engine. One of the biggest challenges is thermal management. Finally, we also see a rear-facing camera that delivers images to a
Our spies say the prototypes ran almost exclusively at night to avoid binoculars with 50 megapixels for throwing. It was also protected by almost all GM staff, with access only to a small circle of designers and engineers – as was the case with
The new Corvette will not be an expensive limited-edition supercar like the GT. We hear that the basis for the car's mid-engine platform will be the C7's aluminum spaceframe structure rather than a completely new design. We also hear that there will be a new LT7 biturbo V-8 and possibly a hybrid option. However, the base engine is expected to be the LT7 V-8 of the C7.
Now you're probably wondering why GM would rock the boat with such a dramatic change to the Corvette formula. Apparently, the front-engine, rear-wheel drive unit bumps Even the alpha-based Camaro rips its big brother on its heels, to separate the future Corvettes from the Camaro n, therefore, a more exotic design was required.
There's also a bit of mid-engine Corvette history. Corvette's father Zora Arkus-Duntov was a big fan of the layout, especially for motorsport. He helped GM build a range of mid-engine concepts for test purposes, the original being the first CERV (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) concept introduced in 1960. Do not be surprised if a Corvette ZR1 successor is named after him GM has a make for "Zora" .
The mid-engine will not be the only major change for the C8: another will be the price. While the base C7 starts near $ 60,000, the new entry price is expected to rise to about $ 80,000. The higher price can be justified by the more exotic layout, and it offers a nice buffer with the Camaro. The change will also help make the C8 a semi-exotic Halo model for Chevrolet worldwide, much like the GT-R for Nissan and the NSX for Acura and Honda.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) Spy Shots – Image by S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
The production takes place at the Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky. GM has invested more than $ 700 million in upgrades in preparation for the new car.
Unfortunately, the message means that the C7 is likely to be the last Corvette with a front engine. GM may have introduced the
Stay tuned as development progresses.
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