We’re getting closer and closer to the big day

The mid-engine Corvette is some 40+ years in the making and, come 2020; we’ll finally get to lay eyes on the first official, production Vette that sports a mid-engine layout. Previous GM engineers say that the lack of a mid-engine Vette up to this point has fallen on buyers and GM’s financial stability. And, you can’t really blame true Vette enthusiasts, either, considering the fact that the tried and true front-engine layout of the Vette has worked well since its inception. At this point, there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the C8 mid-engine Corvette. It could be sold alongside the more traditional front-engined model, or it could be its own standalone model. It will most certainly take on a different crop for competition, including those from Ferrari and Lamborghini among others. We’re still waiting to see the new C8 mid-engine Vette in all its glory, but it was just spotted cruising the streets of California.

2020 Chevy Corvette Testing in California

We originally expected to see the mid-engine Vette make its debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show where Ford showcased the 2020 Shelby GT500. But, GM decided to hold off, stating that it would host a stand-alone debut event with the new Vette that required the company to push back the debut by as much as six months. Be that as it may, it’s going to be well worth the wait. Images of the mid-engine Vette’s interior leaked not that long ago, and it’s worthy of praise. In fact, it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen from GM in the past. It has a very Ferrari or Lamborghini vibe to it and, let’s be honest; it should. That’s going to be the Vette’s competition going forward.

There’s still a lot about the mid-engine Vette that we don’t know, but so far we’ve learned quite a bit. Thanks to some leaked CAD images, we know that it could feature a twin-turbo V-8 that’s based on the LT5.

In standard form, it could deliver up to 850 horsepower but, if rumors about a hybrid model are correct, that number could easily raise up to 1,000 horsepower or more.

It will be offered with rear-wheel drive in standard form but, if the rumors of that hybrid model turn out to be true, then GM could place an electric motor on the front axle (there will be plenty of room thanks to the new engine layout) that would allow this baby to have AWD. A sprint to 60 mph should take you less than three seconds – a figure that puts the C8 Vette inline with cars like the Ferrari F12tdf (2.9 seconds,) McLaren P1 (2.8 seconds,) Lamborghini Aventador (2.9 seconds,) and the Koenigsegg Regera (2.7 seconds.)

When you think about the rumors, the expectations, and the desire of everyone that’s been waiting for a true Corvette supercar to come to life, Zora – as it’s being called – has some big shoes to fill. Can you imagine any car endowed with a bow-tie emblem actually competing with some of the greatest and fastest cars in the world? Well, if that’s really the case, it’ll also come with a pretty high price tag.

Current estimates put it at anywhere between $150,000 and $170,000, so it’ll be in the territory of cars Ferrari 488 GTB, McLaren 720S, and Porsche 911 Turbo (depending on how high the price actually goes, of course.)

For now, we don’t know exactly when the mid-engine Corvette will make its debut, but that last word was that it’ll happen sometime in June. Keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the video above.

Further Reading

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1 Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Is Delayed for Electrical Problems Yet It's Still Testing In Michigan
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The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Is Delayed for Electrical Problems Yet It’s Still Testing In Michigan

The 9 Mid-Engine Corvette Concepts That Didn't Make it To Production
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The 9 Mid-Engine Corvette Concepts That Didn’t Make it To Production

Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor
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Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor

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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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