Is This The First Official Picture Of The Mid-Engined C8 Corvette?

Rumors of a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette are spicing up after Katech, a former General Motors supplier posted a picture and details about the car on its website.

Katech once worked on the engines used by the Corvette Racing squad, before GM decided to make the race team an entirely in-house operation. As a result, the company likely knows a thing or two about Corvette’s plans.

In the image posted but since removed by Katech, the car is revealed as the C8 Corvette ZR1/Zora, in line with previous reports that the car would be adorned with the Zora nameplate, in a nod to Zora Arkus-Duntov who pushed for a mid-engined Corvette since the car’s inception. The small sketch of the car itself then shows a characteristic Corvette shape including similar headlights and an even more pointed fascia than the current car.

Based on this picture, it seems possible that the model in question will be powered by a brand new supercharged V8 engine dubbed the LT5 and bound to be even more potent than the 650 hp LT4 of the current Z06.

While speculation of a mid-engined Corvette has followed the car around for decades, it seems more likely now than ever that such a model is secretly behind developed. It would not only provide Chevrolet with a rival to the new Ford GT, but help push the Corvette into a performance bracket that front-engined cars simply can’t achieve without massive compromises.

The fact that Chevy is also investing $290 million into the Corvette’s production facility suggests that some serious Corvette changes are on the horizon.

If the car comes to fruition, expect it to be released at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Corvette should be a brand. C8 etc. should be the car names under this brand. GM should have separated the Corvette from Chevy a long time ago. I also think letting a distributor leak this information is highly unlike likely. But- the $290 million investment in the Vette’s factory is curious.

    • Mind Synthetic

      What for? Brand perception has always been a separate entity, when was the last time you heard some one say “check out that Chevy” about a vette? The fact that they keep Chevy name plate attached to it is a plus, gives hope to poor people, to own something close to a(n) (American) “super” car.

    • Shtekeris

      That would be like SRT brand, which failed miserably. (SRT Viper etc.)

    • Matt

      I get wanting to seperate corvette from chevy I think that would drive the price up. Getting new dealerships just for vettes, taking them out of chevy lots imo woupd cause both brands if they seperated more problems and risk.

  • Elmediterraneo

    C8 ZR1 ? No standard or Z06 version ?

  • bonzomatic

    I believe that they are going to offer two versions of the Corvette. The traditional FR version which will still be “affordable” and then this new, probably limited supply mid-engined version. The appeal of the Corvette is that it’s a performance car that an average person can afford. If they went full on with a complete redesign on a mid-engine platform I think it would not be a wise financial move on GM’s part because I don’t think they would make up for the losses they would have in from lower production volume in a higher price tag.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Not sure if that’s the case but it is a very good idea.

  • Mike Stevens

    Won’t post the link, but this sketch first appeared early last year. GMAuthority has a piece on it, titled “Did GM Accidentally Give Us A Peek At The Mid-Engined Corvette?”.

  • john1168

    I really hope Chevy sells the current C7 alongside the new C8. Call the C8 the ZR-1. Then upgrade the current C7 to a C7.5 with more power and other upgrades. They can use the same engine in both the Z06 and ZR-1 for the first year until the new 32 valve V8 is ready for the C8, just make sure the ZR-1 (C8) has more power. OR, they could just get rid of the Z06. Then when the C7.5 starts getting old in 5 or 6 years, get rid of it and have a complete mid engine layout for all Corvettes. OR come up with a new front engine RWD platform to sell alongside the mid engine Vette.
    This is what I’d like to see so they can still have a semi affordable sports car to sell alongside a more expensive supercar version.

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