Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Could Be All The Supercar You’ll Ever Need

The long-awaited eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette continues to inch towards production and was recently snapped cold-weather testing on a closed track.

The world has known about the C8 Corvette morphing into a mid-engine supercar for three years now. Nevertheless, the American marque continues to adorn its prototypes in thick camouflage and body cladding, blocking many of the key design elements from prying eyes.

Despite Chevrolet’s best attempts, some key styling features are visible on this prototype. Most notably, we can see a pair of flying buttress just behind the B-pillars. Additionally, there’s a flat engine cover/decklid and a small rear window between the headrests.

Elsewhere, a reversing camera can be seen mounted to the roof while at the front, the headlights appear close to what we’ll see on the finished car. Other noteworthy components include a potential air intake on the hood, possible side air intakes, and square-shaped quad tailpipes.

Courtesy of a leak in December as well as recent reports, we’re under the impression the C8 Corvette will be sold with three different powertrains. Codenamed LT2, LT6, and LT7, the three engines will cater to different customer tastes and one of them will be a hybrid.

Production of the C8 Corvette should begin in January 2019. If this reported date is correct, we should see the new car in the flesh before 2018 is over.

Picture credits to: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien for Carscoops

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  • Dr Strangefinger

    3 different powertrains? Could one be the 2.0 litre turbo that’s been edging into every car’s engine bay these days??? Would be funny if it did.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Corvette fanboys are much better than Tesla cult fangirls.

      You seem a little insecure with Corvette moving into mid-engine category. The fact that you clicked the link seems to suggest you are a closet fanboy.

    • javier

      that would be cool with electric awd as long as it’s not neutered like the ridiculous lfc hybrid

      • Dr Strangefinger

        Yeah, why not. Would be fast as a mo fo’r!!!

    • SteersUright

      4 cyl has no business in a halo car of this nature and would be a terrible marketing move. An exotic twin turbo 6, 8, and honestly an even higher cylinder count would perk the ears of the well-off buyers of such toys who currently have their names on the waitlists at the German and Italian dealerships. This is not the car to use to showcase mpg if a sub-standard engine must be used. There is no 4-cylinder that rivals any 8, 10, or 12 on character and aural excitement, an integral part of the excitement of any sports car.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Not only do Corvette’s beat Porsche’s and other “exotics” cost 3 times as much, but now Corvette is going to shame the Euros in the mid-engine category.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I hope its all that camo that’s making it look so out of proportion! That azz though…ugh!

    • ErnieB

      Looks like they too the current model pushed the cockpit forward and shifted the engine to the back.. it does look out of proportion to me as well!

    • SteersUright

      I keep thinking the same thing. The proportions are NOT beautiful. The rear overhang and height are abysmal. Hopefully its just camo!!

  • ErnieB

    The American Ferrari!

    • LJ

      Isn’t that the Ford GT?

      • ErnieB

        No the ford GT is the American Lambo..lol

        • Six_Tymes

          lol

  • Aiman Al Habib

    Corvette should remain front engined. It’s what Ferrari does with F12.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      In the days of a 4 banger turbo Mustang clocking sub 5 60s and a 2 litre Wrangler 4×4, is anything off limits anymore???

    • SteersUright

      True, this car should’ve had a different name. It confuses and alienates the traditional buyer of a Corvette. I wonder if perhaps there will be two models of Corvette moving forward?

      • Aiman Al Habib

        Let the mid engine be a halo model for Cadillac. Please leave the Corvette front engin.

  • AstonMartin

    Very excited about the upcoming C8 including its mid-engine configuration and exotic styling. Definitely the next sports car I will purchase.

    • Astonman

      I’m holding off my next sports car purchase because of this car. Year and a half is a long wait….

  • LJ

    Looks like a 360 Modena.

  • TB

    Can’t wait to see what this thing looks like….!

  • SteersUright

    This thing will only sell well if it proves to be well made, looks fabulous, and is priced very aggressively. Simply put, Chevy lacks the brand cache and history to directly challenge Italy and Germany’s best so it must offer exceedingly more performance value while also undercutting them significantly on price. Given GM’s over-pricing arrogance with Cadillac, etc., this remains to be seen.

  • lousydead

    Chevy should just let “Corvette” be it’s own brand. Offer the regular FR format and also offer this MR format. Makes the most sense to me.

  • SteersUright

    If it looks anything like this it’ll be VERY desirable. Hope GM took notes and didn’t focus-group the hell out of this car’s design.

  • SteersUright

    Front wheel camber looks VERY aggressive!! awesome!!

  • A FLYING BUTTRESS IS ALWAYS COOL. I HOPE THAT DON’T CAM BACK THE REAR END. ROUND TAILLIGHTS WOULD BE NICE TOO, TIE THE FUTURE TO TRADEMARK TAILLIGHTS OF THE PAST.

  • Bo Hanan

    I hope GM creates a new brand called Corvette and pulls this car from Chevy. It will help create the panache they are/will seeking/seek with a mid engine car. I also hope this car will be a badass.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I like it but I’m not sure Corvette isn’t walking away from its core customers.

    • Six_Tymes

      hysterical

      • Six Thousand Times

        …because?

  • Six_Tymes

    Nevertheless, I cant wait for this. The timing of its release is going to bring serious competition for it, many with hybrid and electric power-trains. It will be interesting to see what this brings.

  • MatTa Ddor

    US$ 150 k Please!!Chevy or less;)

  • john1168

    There’s no doubt that this car is gonna kick some serious ass. I just hope they don’t screw up the looks. I’m worried that they’re going to try to hard to make it look similar to the current C7. This mid engine C8 is all new from the ground up, clean sheet of paper. It deserves it’s own original look.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    It will crash the market of super or hypercars or both! If the price wil be as competitive as the others Corvette in history that´s the end of many small car makers that depending theirselves of a halo -car to survive,as a consequence it will be the new Urus and other exemple of exit of this hard situation…Who start with this apelation to Explore Niche-markets without need was Ford…Sadly american and german big-car-industry don´t respect the artisans of auto!!!!

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