Still looks familiar though

While spy shots suggest the high-anticipated mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is just around the corner, we have yet to see it in the metal without camouflage. Thankfully enough, Chevy has been using lighter camo recently, thin enough to notice most of its exterior features. And these new renderings provide an accurate depiction of the upcoming sports car.

Sure, these images from MidEngineCorvetteForum.com lack some of the in-depth details of a real car, but they give us a good look at the upcoming C8-generation Corvette. And needless to say, it looks like a full-fledged competitor for the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 720S.

Different But Still Familiar

Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor
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Not only is the nose shorter, but the middle section is longer, with far more space between the seats and the rear wheels

Obviously, the C8 Corvette looks significantly different compared to the outgoing model. That’s because it has a midship engine layout now, which changes quite a few things design-wise. Not only the nose is shorter, but also the middle section is longer, with far more space between the seats and the rear wheels than a mid-engined Corvette. There are bigger vents in the rear fenders, which are also longer and wider to make room for the engine.

However, we can also notice a few familiar styling cues. The front end still has the V-shaped nose and hood, while the aggressively swept-back headlamps look similar to the C7 Corvette’s. The C8 also retains the quad taillight layout seen o every Corvette since the 1960s, although the two lights on each side are now integrated under the same lens.

The rear boasts a heavy reconfiguration though. There are big vents under each taillight, and the license plate recess was moved higher into the fascia. More importantly, Chevy ditches the center-mounted exhaust for a more usual quad-pipe layout with two exhausts on each side of the diffuser.

What’s Under the Hood?

Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor
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GM is reportedly working on a new 5.5-liter V-8 for the range-topping model

We don’t know that yet, but word has it the C8 will arrive with more than just one drivetrain. There will be a base model powered by the 6.2-liter V-8 from the C7 Corvette and a mid-range model with a twin-turbo, 4.2-liter V-8 borrowed from Cadillac. While the former will deliver less than 500 horsepower, the latter should boast at least 600 horses.

Finally, GM is reportedly working on a new 5.5-liter V-8 for the range-topping model. The twin-turbo mill is rumored to generate around 850 horsepower. Additionally, a hybrid version could arrive sometime in the future. The setup will pair the 5.5-liter V-8 to an electric motor for a total output of around 1,000 horsepower.

When Will We See It?

Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor
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The C8 is scheduled to debut in 2019, most likely at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Stay tuned for updates and check out our speculative review.

Further Reading

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB.

Source: Midengined Corvette Forum

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