Next-Generation Chevrolet Corvette Could Feature a Mid-Engine Setup
If you’re one of those gearheads who has his fingers crossed for a mid-engined Corvette, then this report will likely keep your hopes up. According to Motor Trend, quoting "multiple sources" around General Motors, the next-generation Corvette will have its V-8 engine mounted behind the seats. What’s more, the report suggests a mid-engine Corvette could come as soon as the C7-based ZR1 hits the market.
Just as we pointed out back in June 2014, when Chevy trademarked the "Zora" name, Motor Trend also hints that the said moniker will be used on a mid-engined Corvette. A move that would make sense, given that Zora Duntov himself created a mid-engined Corvette prototype in the early 1960s. Dubbed CERV II, the concept also featured a unique AWD system which, at the time, would’ve helped GM develop one of the most advanced supercars for the road.
Unfortunately, the CERV II never became more than just a concept and Chevrolet never offered supercar. But that could change in a few years if Motor Trend’s report proves to be accurate.
Now we know what some of you might be thinking; shifting the Corvette’s engine from the front to the middle would be a huge departure from the ’Vette’s 60-year-old legacy. Well, not quite. Motor Trend speculates that Chevy is considering a "Corvette family" for the next-generation, C8 model. Specifically, the lineup could include both a familiar, front-engine sports car and a mid-engine supercar.
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Why It Matters
There’s no guarantee that the Zora name will spawn a mid-engine Corvette, but the scenario is exciting to say the least. It’s been a while since Detroit offered a proper supercar. With the Ford GT axed for eight years now, the Viper and the upcoming Corvette Z06 are the only near-supercar vehicles the Big Three have to offer. What’s more, the number of American-built supercars U.S. enthusiasts can buy are quite limited. Hennessey only assembles a few of them each year, while SSC and Saleen are still working on their next 200-mph cars. Chevrolet, on the other hand, would have the means and the resources to produce a volume supercar. A mid-engine Corvette would be cheaper than its competitors and sales would definitely add more profits to GM’s coffers. Yes, the mid-engine C8 Corvette makes a lot of sense, but will General Motors approve the idea? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Redesigned from the ground up, the seventh-generation Corvette was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The first modern Corvette to carry the Stingray name, the seventh iteration of the iconic sports car features a brand-new exterior design and a completely reworked interior. The C7 Corvette benefits from a brand-new engine as well, in the form of a 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8. The unit cranks out 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque with a standard exhaust and 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet with the optional performance exhaust.
The C7 Corvette is priced from $51,995 in standard guise and starts from $54,795 with the Z51 Package, before any options are added.
Source: Motor Trend