Mid-Engine 2019 Corvette C8 Spied, Gets Three Engine Options

Chevrolet took a prototype of the upcoming mid-engine Corvette C8 at the track for high-speed testing and the rest is history.

The tester you see in the photos here appears to have come a long way since the first scoops and seemingly features a lot of the production-intent bodywork underneath its heavy wrapping.

There are very few details out there about the next-gen Corvette, but we have heard that GM is planning to offer the Corvette C8 with three different powertrains. These will include the engines codenamed LT2, LT6 and LT7, with one of them being a hybrid powertrain.

There will also be several roof options to choose from, including fixed, targa and a full-glass option. Chevrolet plans to use composite materials in both the body and parts of its new platform as well to keep the weight down.

Production is said to start at the Bowling Green, Kentucky in January 2019, with the rollout of the different derivatives to be completed by the middle of 2021. Some reports suggest that Chevrolet will continue offering the C7 alongside the C8 until 2021.

Chevrolet’s switch to a mid-engine platform for the Corvette will be the biggest change in the model’s history since its original launch in 1953. Sources say that part of the reason is because the Corvette has an increasingly ageing demographic, with the company resting its hopes to the new mid-engine model in order to bring younger customers into the showrooms.

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  • ediotsavant

    Corvette. Lol. They just don’t get it. They need to change the name. A Corvette is a Corvette is a Corvette. Doesn’t matter where they put the engine.

    • John

      better than a certain car company (Porsche) and their inferior platform (911 rear engine platform) just to ruin a superior platform they have (718/boxter mid engine)

    • Bo Hanan

      I agree. People can be upset that we point it out but the sales team has done their work.
      And there’s a reason they may be considering running the C7 next to this new car.

    • Dennis James

      Why would they change the name of an iconic car that, it it’s best trim, has a Nurburgring lap time of 7:19 ?

    • Six_Tymes

      are you 15 years of age?

      • ediotsavant

        Close. But still wouldn’t buy an old man’s car.

        • paulgdeaton

          This old man could suck the doors of that jalopy you probably drive…

        • Tilo STANLEY

          Unfortunatly,a young Man cant afford it. Had a 64 and 69 Vette when I was young.Now at 71 may just have to buy the Mid Engine Vette.After owning a 911 for seven Years and a Diablo for 15 Years.But ,GM better hurry,since they are about 50 Years late with this Car ! And after the Diablo V-12,dont know if I can step down to a Corvette again ?

  • Is that a ute?

    • Grumpy

      It’s mid engine. did you not read?

      • Don’t be so grumpy, it makes you miss the sarcasm.

        • WITH THAT BIG BUTT IT COULD BE.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Wasn’t particularly good sarcasm.

    • James From Miami

      I actually thought it was a new El Camino when I first saw that small picture, until I read what it said on the side of it. For a moment, I was very excited about a new El Camino. Maybe that guy is too young to know what an El Camino, or any ute, is.

      • paulgdeaton

        El Corvino… why didn’t GM think of that?

  • TB

    Hmm…could be the new Vette-Camino!!

    • James From Miami

      I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who thought that Corvette looked like a new El Camino.

  • LJ

    This just feels… wrong. I understand Chevrolet wants a car to compete with the Ford GT, but don’t name it Corvette.

  • fgclolz

    But will there be a little red one?

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    IF the multiple models/configuration of the same car is true, this will fragment the brand and confuse buyers in my opinion. Again, run by people who have no idea what they have or what to do with it.

    • thruthy

      They seem to be doing okay. The Vette sells well, has been here since 1953, is the best performance per dollar as it outperforms cars costing 3-4 times as much. What is your idea on what to do with it?

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Meaning, it could be so much nicer build and quality materials.

  • Thomas Elkins

    The engine placement has nothing to do with why young people aren’t buying. The Corvette’s $55,000 starting price on the other hand…

    • Status

      Because there aren’t any wealthy young people out there…

      • Thomas Elkins

        Clearly not enough.

    • TheHunnn

      The $55,000 base price makes the Corvette a bargain among its competition, which by the way is not the Mustang and Challanger….

  • Zandit75

    Is it just me, or is the front overhang huge? It may just be the angle of the shots.

    • Marty716

      Have you ever seen basically any mid engines Ferrari? The overhang is no worse. Look at a LaFerrari or an Enzo for example

  • James From Miami

    Why even bother with this? Why not just bring back the El Camino? Rather than wasting time, and money, on something that only a small number of rich people will buy anyway, why not just bring back the El Camino, and market it to everyday average folks? They are just wasting so much time, and money, on nothing. No wonder they are doing so poorly today. They are making what they want to make(for rich people), not what the average American car buyers want them to make for them. Really sad.

  • AFTER TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR WELL OVER 40 YEARS I HAVE TO WONDER WHY NOW.
    RIGHT NOW THE CORVETTE IT KING OF THE HILL IN A SEGMENT OF WELL, ONE.
    I IMAGINE PEOPLE WHO SHOP FOR MID-ENGINE CARS WON’T LOOK TWICE AT A GM PRODUCT. IT’S NOT LIKE GM COMMANDS A LOT OF RESPECT THESE DAYS.
    WELL WE’LL SEE.

    • BlackPegasus

      Did you read the article? It mentions GM’s concerns about the aging demographic and the need to attract younger buyers.

  • JJ Volny

    Im confused but isnt that as hoodscope despite being a mid engine car?

    • Status

      Don’t think of it as a scoop, and think of it as vent for the forward mounted radiator.

    • john1168

      It’s part of the camo, not a scoop. Possibly a camo cover for a vent like Status said.

  • john1168

    I love Corvettes but I’m not liking what I’m seeing so far. I realize there’s camo on the car but I really don’t like how the back is this large flat area. It almost looks like an El Camino or a pick up. I realize it won’t look like the front engine Vette and I’m fine with that but I think they’re gonna screw this up… I hope I’m pleasantly surprised when it makes it’s debut.

    • JJ Volny

      If you look more closely the wing is causing that illusion, the cover is going from the wing to the top of the car which makes it look like a pickup. just visualize and you will see https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e47b73e0ddd9732fce0c67841e506f2660ddc8258e1ee58c1eea9f359e4de2de.jpg

      • john1168

        Very possible and I hope you’re right. Also the top of the rear fenders look abnormally high with the camo making that illusion look worse.

        • Status

          It’s all there to confuse and befuddle you, just like a good camo should do. There’s no doubt people, but inside and outside the industry, who’ve taken these photos and made all kinds of extrapolation sketches of how the car might look.

          • john1168

            Stupid camo screwing with my head LOL:) I have a feeling it will be a Lambo Gallardo re-do with a flying buttress behind the rear window and a computer controlled rear spoiler on a large flat rear end. If that’s all this C8 ends up being then I’ll have very little respect for it as it’s been done already. But we all have to wait to see what Chevy comes up with… I’m really looking forward to how wrong I’ll be… 🙂

          • Status

            Well, something I’ve noticed about the rear is how far away it is from the rear axel. Anything beyond the rear wheels is unsprung weight; the deadly krypton of sports car. Therefore, I’d think that at least 8-10″ can be lopped off the back of the car, thereby significantly reducing the size of the flat area.

          • Tilo STANLEY

            Got to have Airo Dynamics,otherwise it would look like a Gremlin.Dont know what a Gremlin is ? Try AMC. Remember these Cars.

      • paulgdeaton

        Looks like it might have flying buttresses… or else a very-near flat rear window

        • Tilo STANLEY

          I would take the Back Window out and install Louvers. The Engine would run a lot cooler. And the Car itself would look Cooler. And it actually would be functional.

  • Marc Gruben

    Does this mean Motor Trend will finally get their cover story right?

  • thunder bolt

    Chevy had one concept very similar to this back in the late 80’s.

  • BlackPegasus

    Wow , after all the rumors, I didn’t think they’d do it 😳

  • TotallyDisqusted

    My guess is this will be a different model, probably to go against the Ford GT.

    The front end is short and reminds me of the old NSX. Does anyone see any air inlets or cooling vents?

    • Tilo STANLEY

      Behind the Doors are Air Inlets and on top of the rear Fenders are inlets for the Engine.

  • SteersUright

    Meh. Looks like the all-new El Camino in some pics. GM’s “bold” efforts at exotic cars usually means tons of chrome covered plastic, garish details, poor visibility, etc..hope to be proven wrong!

  • MIL1234

    mid engine/front cabine

  • Honda NSX-R

    I don’t see how placing the engine in the middle will change the demographic of buyers…

  • Bob White

    I am touching C8 parts as I type… It will be spectacular!

  • Six_Tymes

    wow, i am surprised that it will have 3 power trains available.