Mid-Engine Corvette Will Reportedly Skip Detroit But Offer A Hybrid Powertrain With 1,000+ HP

The mid-engine Corvette rumor mill kicked into high gear following the release of several CAD drawings in December but fans hoping to see the model at the North American International Auto Show next week are reportedly out of luck.

Hagerty is reporting the C8 will likely debut in Detroit but it isn’t expected to be unveiled until next year. This isn’t a complete surprise as Chevrolet recently unveiled the Corvette ZR1 but it’s disappointing nonetheless.

One thing that’s certainly not disappointing is the C8’s engine lineup as Hagerty is reporting the model will likely be offered with an upgraded version of the company’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. The engine will reportedly produce up to 600 hp (447 kW) thanks to a higher compression ratio and a less restrictive exhaust. Other engines are expected to be added to the lineup after launch and the report says the company has expressed interest in a flat-plane crank V8 like the one used in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

The most interesting rumor revolves around a range-topping variant which would make the ZR1 look weak by comparison. The model will reportedly have a twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the rear wheels and an electric motor that powers the front wheels. This setup would give the model all-wheel drive and a reported output of 1,000+ hp (745 kW).

While manual transmissions have been a hallmark of the Corvette, the C8 will reportedly eschew them for a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. That will probably annoy a number of fans but DCTs offer a number of benefits including improved acceleration.

The manual transmission might not make the jump to the next-generation, but GM’s focus on lightweight construction surely will. The report says the car will use a hydroformed aluminum space frame chassis as well as lightweight components such as carbon fiber and magnesium. We can also expect carbon-ceramic brakes and lightweight fiberglass springs.

There have been constant rumors about how much the mid-engine Corvette will cost but the latest report says pricing will start at around $70,000.

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  • LWOAP

    Now I have to see what the C8 brings to the table. And by that I mean, of course, the acceleration, handling, weight, etc….

  • THEY ARE FINALLY DOING THIS AWFULLY LATE IN THE GAME. 70K DOESN’T SOUND RIGHT IF THEY’RE GONNA BE PLAYING WITH FERRARI AND LAMBORGHINI.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Do we really need to WRITE IN ALL CAPS to get a point across? Something a 13 year old would do…

      It will shame a Ferrari for the price. Already the Z06 and ZR-1’s outperform base Ferraris (California, anyone?) at half the price. It will START at $70,000, which is an amazing base price but will go up with higher output engines, etc. Still be a performance bargain compared to a Lambo and Ferrari, and you will be able to service them at most GM dealers unlike the exotics that costs thousands for basic service needs and have to be shipped away for extended periods.

    • SteersUright

      You’re completely right. Mid-engine bespoke chassis, exotic materials, giant engines, DCT transmission, etc. do not add up to $70k. Much more likely this “Vette” will begin at closer to $120k.

      • smartacus

        2nd that.
        120 sounds a LOT more reasonable than 70
        i’ve seen optioned out Vettes at shows with window stickers above 105.
        no way 70.

    • Bash

      You are absolutely right, at that price tag, maybe, just maybe, the demon would still a better option.

      • robotlogic

        I hear the demon tool box has a mullet wig, wife beater t-shirt and redneck teeth in one of the drawers.

    • SNKR SVR

      I qgree

  • LJ

    None of this sounds plausible, especially the price. And a year yet until it’s unveiled? Really?

  • MarketAndChurch

    I seriously hope that Chevy will at least have a car of some sort to debut at Detroit because a truck-heavy show will be very boring.

    • Six Thousand Times

      It’s a truck-heavy market and it is boring.

  • Mark S

    I still see plenty of room here for Chevy to continue with a next generation front-engine Corvette, perhaps it could evolve into more of a GT and share a platform with the Camaro. I do not believe we will find an actual C8 Zora anywhere near that mentioned 70k mark. I also do not believe that a Sports Car really fits Cadillac’s image.

    • YOU CAN’T TAKE A CAR THAT’S BEEN AROUND FOR 65 YRS. AND TURN IT INTO A GT ON A SHARED PLATFORM WITH A PONY CAR.

      • Mark S

        The name not the platform has been around 65 years. This is not 65 years ago. Look around modern Autodom, Platforms are adaptable and scalable these days. The difference between a Pony Car and a GT is not really the platform anyway. If Chevy were to decide to do a next generation front engine Corvette “Stingray” this would most likely be the route they would take and it would work very well. That is unless they designed the C8 “Zora” platform to be adaptable to a front/rear engine layout, that would be slick.

        • NOT THE SAME PLATFORM BUT IN THE SAME MARKET. IT’S BEEN AMERICA’S PREMIER SPORTS CAR WITH LITTLE OR NO COMPETITION. NOW CHEVY WANTS TO DITCH THAT TO PLAY WITH THE BIG BOYS. SEEMS RISKY AND I CAN’T IMAGINE ANYONE CONSIDERING A FERRARI OR LAMBORGHINI WOULD CONSIDER A $70K CORVETTE. WE’LL SOON SEE IF IT WAS A GOOD IDEA AFTER A 45 YR. GESTATION PERIOD.

          • Mark S

            Got ya there bro.

          • I THINK IT’S AN ODD CHOICE FOR GM TO MAKE AT THIS POINT TO CHANGE THE GAME. CORVETTE IS KING OF THE HILL NOW BUT WHEN THEY GO MID-ENGINE THEY BE A LITTLE FISH IN A BIG POND. IT WILL CERTAINLY BE INTERESTING.
            I’M NOT A CORVETTE BUYER BUT I HAVE TO WONDER HOW THEIR FAN BASE WILL FEEL ABOUT THIS ABRUPT CHANGE TO THE LINE-UP. IF THEY KEEP THE FRONT ENGINE DOES THAT TELL BUYERS IF THEY CHOSE IT THERE IS STILL SOMETHING BETTER?

            WE SHALL SEE.

  • john1168

    I’m disappointed it won’t debut at Detroit this year but 1000 HP! Holy Schnikies!!! Of course, $70k will be the base mid engine Vette with probably just a normally aspirated engine and rear wheel drive with no hybrid, no turbo’s, no awd, etc…

  • Six Thousand Times

    It was always kind of obvious that a car still in the test mule stage wouldn’t be ready to show next week.

  • Bo Hanan

    GM needs to make Corvette its own brand and the cars would be called: C8, Z06 and ZR1.
    That also leaves room for an entry level sport and a high end Zora if they choose. This new car should also be positioned like the Porsche 911 with a bunch of limited edition specials.
    Just take it away from Chevy and you start to lose the grandpa image.

  • Robert
  • Marcus Palmer

    The Corvette Action Center broke news of a 1,000+ HP potential back in June of last year:

    https://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/gm-approves-c8-mid-engine-corvette-for-2019/

  • Michelin

    Another delay, Chevrolet have very long pregnant ….

  • I will believe it when I see it.

  • Shahul Usman

    no manual… 🙁

  • Bob White

    Too bad. Now the entire car will be leaked prior to the intro. Big mistake.

  • Bob White

    Now the entire car will be leaked prior to the intro. Big mistake.

  • alecs

    OK!!!

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