Rumors of a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette have been around ever since the Corvette was invented. Chevrolet themselves even tried pitching a few mid-engined Corvette concepts to test the waters, however, they never exactly materialized into a production car.
So when new rumors began to surface, suggesting Chevy’s desire to revisit the topic, most seasoned car people dismissed these rumors as another worthless tease with no basis. However, it seems those rumors are actually holding true since CARandDRIVER reports that a mid-engined model could debut as early as 2018, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Here’s what’s supposedly going to happen.
Chevrolet will introduce a new $80,000 mid-engined Corvette, using the same engine as the current model, though with placement in front of the rear axle and behind the passenger cell. Power is expected to hover around the 450 to 500 mark, though it doesn’t stop there. An even more powerful middy Corvette could happen with even more power, a dual-overhead-camshaft valvetrain with four-valves per cylinder in place of the classic pushrod setup, and a price of $100,000.
And lastly, Chevrolet could even introduce an electric-powered Corvette “E-Ray” by 2020.
The current Corvette is scheduled to continue production until the end of 2018 and as a way to send the current car off into the pages of history, Chevy could produce the most powerful Corvette ever to end the production period of the current model with a bang.
– By: Chris Chin