New Mid-engine Corvette
Rumors and speculation surrounding a Corvette built with a middle-mounted engine are the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot stories of automotive rumors on the internet. However, unlike a grainy photo or dubiously edited video, top automotive website, AutoBlog, has some spy shots of what they believe is an upcoming Corvette featuring a mid-mounted engine. Unfortunately, copyright restrictions prevent us from showing you the photos directly on the Don Wheaton Blog. Although you can see them by visiting the AutoBlog piece for yourself. Some people may still be a little on the skeptical side of this theoretical equation, but the piece’s author, Greg Migliore, makes some strong arguments.
When will the mid-engine Corvette be available?
In a previous Don Wheaton Blog post, we cited another Migliore article about how Chevrolet has again filed paperwork to keep the Corvette ZR1 name in house. His post was accompanied by photos of crudely mocked up Corvette Stingray body with a mid-mounted engine, known as a “mule” in the automotive design industry. Between the previously mentioned information and the new spy shots, it seems like a new Corvette ZR1 is really going to happen. The best guess anyone has for an actual debut of the next generation of Corvette design is either 2019 or 2020. However, once the new auto show season kicks off in January in Detroit, you can be sure we’ll be keeping an eye out for a major announcement from General Motors and Chevrolet.
Why is Chevy waiting to built a mid-engine Corvette?
According to Migliore’s report, the notion for a Corvette with its engine mounted in the middle of the car has been floating around GM design studios for almost 10 years. However, the automaker’s financial troubles during the global recession indefinitely put any new plans on the shelf. Fast forward to today, the company has paid off its debts and is back on top of its game making wild innovations a priority again.
What kind of engine will be in the middle of the Corvette?
It is way, way too early to make such speculations. However, using the rest of the newest Chevy models as a bench mark, everyone can be pretty certain the use of lightweight materials will be at the forefront of the new mid-engine Corvette design. Keeping the potential for incredible weight savings in mind, Chevy engineers would he able to achieve some incredible performance specs with a turbocharged V-6 engine. Although it would be tough to imagine something wearing a Corvette badge with anything less than a V-8 power plant.
If you would like to learn more about what owning a new mid-engine Corvette would be like or if you would just like to see what’s currently available in the showroom, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.