2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 Concept Shows Us What a Mid-Engine Corvette Could Look Like
Rumors about GM working on a mid-engined Corvette surfaced ever since the automaker trademarked the Zora name back in June 2014. Since then, many scenarios have come into the spotlight, including a separate line for the mid-engined Corvette and that of a hybrid model by 2020. At some point, GM was even caught testing a Holden Ute mule with an engine in its bed, believed to be the first sighting of what would become a mid-ship ’Vette. More recently though, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter denied such plans, adding further confusion to the matter. Whether the Corvette will indeed get a mid-engined version remains a mystery at this point, but the thought of having a full-fledged, Chevy supercar is as exciting as it gets. With that in mind, I’m here to bring you one of the coolest renderings of the yet unconfirmed mid-engined C8.
The rendering comes from our friends over at BoldRide, who created it using cues from the current Corvette Stingray and Z06, while also speculating as to what the C8 will look like. They also added a serious amount of aggressiveness in the process to create the most bold-looking Chevy since the 1964 CERV II Concept, the brand’s first mid-engined vehicle.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 Concept.
A Massive Makeover?
BoldRide’s take anticipates a massive makeover for the current Corvette, including a more aerodynamic front end tweaked to provide more downforce than the current Z06. The rear fascia is equally menacing, being closer to a racer rather than a road-going ’Vette. Notice the sexy apron with exposed internals and the aerodynamic piece that nearly touches the ground. The rear glass has also been replaced by a typical supercar engine hood, while the exhaust outlets were repositioned on each side of the apron instead of the current generation’s center-mounted layout. Making this design truly special is the active rear spoiler, which is incorporated into the body work when not in use and extends above the rear fascia when needed. I have strong doubts Chevy will come up with such a design feature for the Corvette, but it’s a cool device nonetheless.
Why it matters
Granted, renderings aren’t as good as the real thing, and they won’t make the mid-engined Corvette happen any sooner, but BoldRide’s version of the rumored mid-ship C8 is arguably the most realistic I’ve seen so far. Sure, the actual car might look completely different, but I wouldn’t mind if this rendering came to life and started roaming the streets.
Find out more about the Corvette Zora ZR1 in our speculative review here.