These Spyshots Are Giving Us Some Wild Ideas About The new Corvette

General Motors Still Claims This Car Doesn't Exist

4y ago

File this in another automotive-news-worst-kept-secret: There will be a mid-engined Corvette! You're probably not shocked at that statement as we've been teased with rumors and blurry shots for such a long time. Recently Chris Doane Automotive Photography just captured what may be our best look yet at the mid-engined Corvette, a car that General Motors still claims doesn't exist.

Thanks to photography tools like drones and quadcopters, evading spy photogs will be a more difficult task for these automotive test engineers. Despite the black cover-ups atop the vinyl swirly coverings, we can still make out some of the details in these series of photographs.

This spied car is most definitely a mid-engine configuration as evidenced by the relative distance between the rear axle to the seating position and the fairly short hood. If you parked an Acura/Honda NSX, a Ferrari LaFerrari, or any McLaren right next to it, you'd find very similar proportions.

There are absolutely no details yet that we know of about this unicorn Corvette, or whether it will be called the Corvette at all. But if we were to speculate, it would be a very safe guess to say that the existing LT1 6.2-liter V8 direct injected engine will be found in the new platform. That powerplant can be found in the seventh generation Corvette which is capable of producing 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, which is good enough to bring it from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

If you came here thinking you were going to see some bold claims about the new Corvette, we'll give you some. Given the automotive trend to go towards force-induced means, we don't think it's too far of a stretch to see a smaller engine example, like the V6 engines found in their truck lineup, coupled to a set of twin turbochargers. Additionally, we don't think it's too far of a stretch to see General Motors try their hand at an All-Wheel Drive version via electric motors powering the front axles, just like the Acura/Honda NSX.

We know you readers have some wild ideas of what the mid-engined Corvette may have inside and what kind of power it will make. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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