2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Getting Ready To Attack Ferraris (Now, On Video Too)

Chevrolet introduced the 2019 Corvette ZR1 less than a year ago, but all eyes are focused on the next-generation model which will become the first production Vette with a mid-engine powertrain.

The highly-anticipated car was recently spotted by Carscoops’ intrepid reader Brett Borgard and it’s clear that the model will be a significant departure from its predecessor. Despite the radical changes, it appears the car will have an evolutionary front fascia which will ensure there’s no mistaking the model for anything but a Corvette.

Styling details are hidden beneath heavy camouflage, but the car features a wide grille which is located underneath a sloping hood. The model also appears to have angular headlights which could be an evolution of the ones used on the current model.

Bigger changes occur further back as the mid-engine Corvette adopts a more rakish windscreen which flows into a more dynamic roof. Further below, we can see aerodynamic side skirts and new side mirrors which are mounted near the base of the A-pillar.

One of the biggest changes is the modified proportions as the mid-engine layout means there’s a wide body panel separating the doors from the rear wheels. That isn’t the only change as the model appears to have flying buttresses and a relatively flat engine cover which is hidden beneath heavy camouflage.

Out back, the C7’s center-mounted four-tailpipe exhaust system has been dropped for a more conventional setup.  It features two tips near the outside edges of the rear bumper. Speaking of the latter, we can see it will be ventilated and feature a flap to improve underbody aerodynamics.

While we have a pretty good idea of what the Corvette will look like, much less is known about its specifications. However, previous reports have suggested the model will have active aerodynamics as well as a lightweight design which features a mix of aluminum, carbon fiber, fiberglass and magnesium. Despite all these lightweight materials, the car is rumored to tip the scales at more than 3,500 lbs (1,587 kg).

Engine options remain a closely guarded secret, but rumors have suggested the base model will have an upgraded version of the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that powers the current model. If the reports are correct, the new engine could produce around 500 hp (372 kW / 507 PS).

Rumors have also suggested the car could have a new 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 which is offered in naturally-aspirated and twin-turbo guise. The former could develop more than 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS), while the latter could bring that figure towards the 800 hp (596 kW / 811 PS) mark.

There have also been rumors about a hybrid variant which would use the twin-turbo V8 as well as a 200 hp (149 kW / 202 PS) electric motor. This could potentially give the all-wheel drive supercar a combined maximum output of around 1,000 hp (745 kW / 1014 PS).

*Update: We also received a video of the mid-engine Corvette

 

 

 

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Photo and Video credits: Brett Borgard

  • Six_Tymes

    I am so looking forward to the reveal

  • Mikestroh

    I think this vehicle is going to be truly epic for GM if the product plan for it is actually close to being accurate. If they make an entry level with 500 hp and keep the pricing under 70K it will be a sales success. But if they decide to price it beyond that, it’s will no longer be accessible to the slightly above average Corvette Consumer.

    • baofe

      People nowadays just lease cars or use subscription services. Also, I doubt hiking the price up from 70k to 100k will change too many people’s decision. Cars in the category usually cost 150-200k and there is no way the base Vette will be that in that price point.

  • LeStori

    The world is full of mid engined cars. There is a dearth of powerful front engined sports cars. The real question to be answered in the near future is do Corvette buyers want a expensive mid engined car.

    • john1168

      Hopefully they keep the front engine platform in addition to the new mid engine platform.

    • SteersUright

      They would be unwise to not continue to offer a fun to drive, affordable, front engine Corvette.

  • eb110americana

    I’m sure that moving the engine to the center of the vehicle will allow engineers to overcome certain factors that they have been compensating for since the C4. And turbos plus a DCT will finally put it on a level playing field with Ferraris, McLarens, and Porsches. I am also sure that dynamically, and objectively by the numbers, this will be the best Vette yet. However, there is a big part of me that worries that they are chasing numbers rather than a pure experience with this car.

    In 2002, a Corvette Z06 cost $50,430, had 405 hp and 400 lb. ft. torque in a car that weighed 3,116 lbs. But back then, the chassis didn’t have to grapple with any more power than that. Is a 2020 Corvette that weighs 4,000 lbs. (current ZR1 weighs 3,560 lbs.–more than 200 lbs. over the base Stingray) with AWD, 1,000 hp, and selling for $150K really “more Corvette?” Is a 3,600 lb. “base” model with 500 hp for $70K better? I can’t help looking wistfully at the 911 GT3 and its 3,115 lb. curb weight.

    • Nick099

      All very good points.

    • PhilMcGraw

      I do have to say I find it disappointing that Chevrolet is moving away from having the Corvette be the “attainable” sports car of around $50k to now being priced at least twice the amount. I know 1000 hp costs money, but I just wish there was a two seater sports car priced at $50k again with decent power that competes against the 911s.

      Perhaps Mazda’s RX Vision may fill in this spot?

      • Larry Qualls

        Mazda is scared!

    • john1168

      I think I read somewhere that they are trying to get the starting price around $60k to $70k. Where the 1000+HP AWD hybrid will be around $150K. Even if I could afford it, I wouldn’t get the 1000 hp hybrid. Don’t get me wrong, it will be awesome but I think the sweet spot for this car is going to be the 700 to 800 hp RWD twin turbo versions with active aero. I think you might be looking at around $130k for a car that will go 0 to 60 in about 2.7 sec and a top speed of maybe about 220 mph with some nice interior options. I just hope they’re still doing the targa roof thing…

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Interesting….

  • LOOKS LIKE IT’S GONNA HAVE A FAT REAR. I ALWAYS LIKED THE FOUR CENTER MOUNTED TAIL PIPES. HOPE THEY BRING BACK THE TRADEMARK ROUND TAIL LIGHTS.

  • kachuks

    Is there going to be a split rear window?

  • Larry Qualls

    If they can get you in this car at 60-70k, this will be the bargain of a century! Didn’t the original NSX debut at 65k r so?

  • SteersUright

    Somehow its proportions look so ungainly, especially with its massive front overhang. Hopefully it looks far better when all the cladding comes off but, to my eyes, this won’t be any beauty by a long shot.

  • Jhill

    I wish more of the roof would open with the doors, like the mid-year Corvettes or 60’s Ford GT40’s.

  • S3XY

    Some guy named VETEROID got spanked yesterday in his revving Z06 at the red light by the Tesla I was driving.

    Don’t know why he would still want this car.

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