Chevrolet engineers and drivers have been really busy for the last two weeks testing the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 at the Nürburgring.
While we’ve shown you plenty of spy pictures of the next-generation Corvette so far, we thought you might want to take a look at how the mid-engine model looks like alongside the current C7 generation. The two cars were spotted driving together, providing a good opportunity for a real-life visual comparison.
The difference in proportions is clear, giving a strong indication of where the engine is located. While the C7 has a long hood and a cabin that mostly occupies the rear half of the vehicle, the C8 is a totally different beast. If we didn’t know there was a Corvette under that camouflage foil, we’d bet our money on it being an Italian supercar.
The hood is much shorter and, consequently, the cab is brought forward compared to the C7. Also, the massive side air intakes located behind the doors represent another departure from the front-engine Corvettes we’re used to.
We’re dying to see what the mid-engine Corvette looks without the full body wrap, and we assume you are too. Chances are we’ll get to see it in all its uncensored glory sometime next year — possibly at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
According to reports, at the heart of the C8 Corvette will be an upgraded version of the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 delivering around 500 horsepower. However, rumor has it Chevrolet will also offer a new flat-plane crank V8 in both naturally aspirated and twin-turbo versions, with 600 hp and 800 hp, respectively.
There are also rumors about Chevy adding a front-mounted 200-hp electric motor to the aforementioned twin-turbo V8 for a total of 1,000 hp and all-wheel drive. Regardless of the engine fitted to the C8 prototypes spied at the Nürburgring, they do go like crazy: just check out the gallery to see the mid-engine Vette in full-attack mode.