Chevrolet has revealed that the debut for their newest creation, the mid-engine version of the next-generation Corvette C8, will be on July 18th, 2019 - and in production form no less. The venue? Unknown. However, we do know that the car is scheduled to hit showrooms in North America early next year.
Much has already been speculated on with regard to the Corvette’s surprise turn be offered with a mid-engine layout. As Chevrolet’s premier range of sports cars, the ‘Vette has always maintained key staples of the nameplate with very little call for drastic change.
For whatever, reason, though, Chevy and the top brass at parent company General Motors have deemed upcoming C8 generation the most opportune time to roll out a mid-engine version of their famed coupe, with no official word on the front-engine layout making an appearance.
Presumably, both could be sold alongside, but it’s still a mystery how the different body styles will complement each other in terms of pricing and trim level. We’d assume the mid-engine car would be pegged as the sharper, more agile of the pair while the typical Corvette will now have to evolve to embrace a brasher muscle car or more comfortable ‘Grand Touring’ persona.
Regardless of configuration, we also expect to see a mirroring of the C7 Corvette Stingray’s performance tiers such as the Z06 and ZR1. Again, we don’t know if that is to be the case, but we have good reason to expect the first variant presented to house a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 with around 373kW, itself revised version of the current C7’s LT1 engine.
Upon its debut, we do also wonder if any other markets outside North America will receive import sales consideration nor even if the car was developed with right hand drive markets in mind at all. Its new layout definitely draws fresh comparisons, often European, with automaker’s who wouldn’t consider the Chevrolet as a rival.
Once the reveal does happen, it would be interesting to note just how much of the mid-engine Corvette’s core personality will be shared with the front-engine version, may it rest in peace. Or will this feel like an entirely new car with any overlap being in name only? If so, where does it leave fans of the old school ‘Vette?