Well, it’s about time the mid-engined Chevy Corvette shows itself in Colorado.
Former TFL editor and good friend Brian Waring spotted what’s likely the most special near-future car testing in the Rocky Mountains. Finally, we had a chance to see (and hear!) the mid-engined, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 up close and personal.
Here it’s still under an acre of cladding – so we can’t make out too many details. However, it is running when Brian approaches the car, so we do get a chance to hear it. Not that a security guard standing near the car appreciated that fact, mind you. He’s seen later in the video escorting our maverick spy away from the Corvettes. That doesn’t stop him getting a few good shots in of the Corvette, however! Portrait orientation notwithstanding, at least we we able to see the mid-engined Corvette first hand. Here’s what we know, or at least have on decent authority, so far.
The 2020, mid-engined Corvette is getting a few different engine options. First is likely an evolution of the current 6.2-liter V8 in the base model, which makes 455 horsepower. The new model should also get a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, possibly related to that in the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport, with up to 650 horsepower. Naturally, an even more powerful V8 to outgun the current ZR1’s 755 horsepower is on tap as well.
The mid-engined Corvette is a radical departure from the previous seven generations. The new layout aims to put the model right in the firing line of Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others. We expect to see this car unclad sometime next year – possibly as early as January in Detroit – with a production model coming later in 2019. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!