2019 Chevrolet Corvette Brings Its Mid-Engine Goodness To Northern Michigan

The highly-anticipated Corvette C8 has been spotted at a gas station and McDonalds in Cadillac, Michigan.

Looking for more Ferrari-esque than ever before, the mid-engine model was caught by Jake Vandermoon who posted the pictures to Facebook earlier today.

While the car is heavily camouflaged, it appears the Corvette will adopt a more aerodynamic front fascia with shorter overhangs. Styling details are hard to make out but it appears the model has sweptback headlights, larger mirrors, and intakes behind the doors.

Moving further back, we can see the rear of the car has been lengthened for the new mid-engine setup. Elsewhere, there are circular taillights, a center-mounted third brake light, and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. There also appears to be an aggressive rear diffuser and stylish lightweight alloy wheels.

Chevrolet has been extremely tight-lipped about the next-generation Corvette but previous reports have suggested the model will be powered by a mysterious small block V8 engine. There’s word on our performance specifications but rumors have suggested the new Corvette will cost significantly more than its predecessor. Nothing is official but pricing could start anywhere between $65,000 and $95,000.

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  • Six_Tymes

    even in camo its shaping up and looking pretty good.

    • Bo Hanan

      I agree. Better than I thought it might.

    • SteersUright

      Agreed. Very excited for this. But I can’t see how this is a “Corvette” by any stretch. It would be like Porsche coming out with a new front engine, AWD hot hatch and calling it the “all new 911”.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Or Holden coming out with a Front-Wheel Drive V6 hatchback.

    • Infinite1



    A lot sooner than I expected, but I welcome it.

  • Status

    A rear-mid engine Corvette almost 50 years in the making.

  • john1168

    It’s looking good so far!

  • donald seymour

    AND there is blood on the streets. Anybody ready to see the blood fight?

    • Status

      An AWD C8 will spill lots of blood. GM would be a fool not to do it.

      • donald seymour

        That would be so right and so wrong on so many levels. BUT I would love to see it.

  • hwkr_01

    Up front is classic Corvette with a bit of cosmetic enhancement to match the rear end treatment. but the rear looks like a combination of a 512 Testarossa and an F430.. It has huge wide hips and a sexy quarter panel line that I can’t figure out where they derived it from.

    • gor134


  • LJ

    The point of this car is what?

    • rodriguez256

      Speed and balance.

      • LJ

        The current Corvette doesn’t have those?

        • rodriguez256

          Corvettes have been fast but it doesn’t mean they can’t make them faster. So you can always improve. Same goes for balance.

    • Matt

      To have a 3 pedal, real wheel, mid engine, na v8, targa top fun at a price a normal person could attain.

      • LJ

        How much do think a “normal” person makes?

        • Status

          Sports cars toys for the wealthy. There will no longer be any need for a low-price, low margin Corvette.

        • Matt

          Normal relative to $70k car vs a $200k-400k+ car. middle/ upper middle class, double income no kids who dont live in places like nyc or sf. My main emphasis was on it being attainable, not a guarantee. Drs, lawyers, small business owners, engineers all fall under “normal” to me. Some buy trucks & RVs while others buy 911s.

          • LJ

            This car will be $120k+.

          • Matt

            Most likely they put the zora or whatever they’ll call this version along side with the c7, it’ll be @ a price like that. but once/(if) the c8s are all mid engine, after they stop production of the c7, I’d put money on a mid engine c8 being just a little more over the current base stingray.

    • Dennis James

      To have fun in this world.

      • LJ

        I mean, why change it to mid-engine?

        • Status

          Because it offers better traction, handling, packaging, aerodynamics, and allows for an AWD model. Lets not forget the current Corvette is sitting on a platform that is over 30 years old. That, and with the inevitable price increase, will allow the Corvette to reach wealthier consumers with greater cachet and status that current Corvette cannot.

  • SgtBeavis

    The more I hear about the pricing of this new Vette, the more I’m thinking there are going to be TWO Corvettes.

    • BlackPegasus

      Yeah, I agree… looks like the mid engine model will become the top dawg.

    • SteersUright

      Yup. No idea why they didn’t just give this mid-engine car to Cadillac, a brand in desperate need of real excitement and a halo vehicle to drive some traffic into showrooms. Also, Cadillac would offer the owner of this $100k+ (assumed) sports car a more luxurious dealer service experience than heading on over to Chevy, I’d imagine.

  • Jweisberg

    I highly doubt this will be a C8 and no way the price will between $65,000 and $95,000. A fully loaded Z06 is over 100k.

    • mick

      Yeah, that’ price estimate is laughable. C’mon Carscoops, you can do better. This car is going to be $150k+

      • Tumbi Mtika

        And once again, the NSX ends up looking inadequate.

  • ErnieB



    • Jason Miller

      I don’t know about you but I can see the car just fine.

    • seriously

      more idiotic comments from michgo…..what did you expect high res fully revealed pics

        PEOPLE DON’T COME HERE FOR PERSONAL ATTACKS JACKASS. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac0a837a693b6f90e6d6d44c1e1a47b07e0111cb3fae043df000179c68abd7e1.jpg

        • SteersUright

          Well said. The personal attacks are just dumb when completely unsolicited. Some people just never understand that comments section is for people to comment, express their opinion on the news shared.
          Now about those all CAPS…lol. Perhaps a name change from “MICHGO” to “ALLCAPS” or “CAPS4LIFE”? lol

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Was that really necessary?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Plotwist: This is an Aston Martin.

    • SteersUright


      • Tumbi Mtika

        Tough crowd these days…

        • alex.remsen

          Plot twist: this is a Cadillac

  • Scherpereel Clement

    Hope they keep the other setup to, I actualy like the corvette, it’s the cheapest supercar and I of the best.
    Even the new C8 is going to be cheaper then Ferraris and Lambos because Chevy is not Lambo

  • Mark S

    This is starting to look really good! I still like the Idea of a front engine Corvette, there is plenty of room here to make Corvette a Brand with several models, add that Covered GM electric sport car to the mix.

  • BlackPegasus

    I hope it’s a stunner! Can’t wait to see it unwrapped.

  • sidewaysspin

    Looking like a ferrari 458.

  • Balcis

    ferrari 360 look-a-like coming. not to criticize, just telling.

    • ira j.

      i can see the resemblance to the 360 Modena
      in both lines and proportion in the rear 3/4 view as well

  • rizkiy_n

    A lot sooner than I expected, but I welcome it.

  • SteersUright

    This entire move, like most things GM, makes no sense to me! This isn’t a Corvette. Keep the Corvette a Corvette, meaning a $50-75k FE/RWD highly capable sports car. By all means make this mid-engine beast, and show your engineering chops to the world. But, to name this mid-engine (likely $100k+) sports car a Corvette, a car that since the 1950’s has followed the recipe of front engine/rear-drive, bold looking, high-value sports car just seems not too well thought out to me and a poor marketing decision.

    • mick

      you get both. the existing corvette continues on, this is a halo model. they aren’t abandoning their existing market.

      • SteersUright

        They aren’t abandoning it, they’re confusing the heck out of it. Imagine the dudes in middle America where Corvette love borders on religion looking at the C7 and the mid engine $100k+ and asking, so which is the Corvette? To me it such a dumb marketing move on so many levels. The car, though, is truly an exciting development. I just believe its being marketed entirely incorrectly, akin to Buick being sold as “young & hip”. Why??

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    chevy’s NSX

  • Shobin Drogan


  • Kagan

    I hope they come with a new body design as current will not work for a mid engine.

  • Igor Brezovic

    Progress waits for no one…but mid-engined Vette? Scrap the name first… Corvair Evo should fit just fine!


    looks like nsx

  • Infinite1

    Looking good

  • Marc Gruben

    Don’t know if anybody noticed, but in the first picture there’s a second Corvette prototype next to the Yellow convertible in the background, and what may be a third one next to that. Obviously this car is in an advanced stage of development. can’t wait to see more!

  • Michelin

    I think Chevrolet is the best Customer of Ferrari in the last years.
    How many 458 and 488 did they buy to copying and sectioning it ?
    The same situation was projet of Acura/Honda mid-engine sportcar

  • metreel

    Anything would be an improvement over the ugliness of the C7’s wrinkled back end. Time to return the Corvette back into a truly beautiful car.


  • Keith Jones

    Finally! At first I felt that it was a little long but after looking clossser… I see a beast! Good job GM.

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