While it’s been rumored for the better part of half a century, you’d basically have to possess flat-earther levels of deniability to say the mid-engine Corvette isn’t coming.
Of course, while there’s been no official confirmation from anyone at the The General, the fact that Chevrolet is letting development mules stop at McDonald’s is a pretty big hint that it’s, really, seriously, happening this time.
There’s also good intelligence that dealers have already seen it.
Now, while this recent post from Car and Driver doesn’t cite any sources — anonymous or otherwise — and is full of whimsical phrases, it’s one of the most detailed breakdowns of how the C8 model line could look. It also seems to make a lot of sense, so we think it’s worth noting.
First off, if this is article is correct, the only gearbox will be an eight-speed dual-clutch unit from Tremec. While that will obviously be disappointing to three-pedal fans, it makes a lot of sense, given the expense of developing two different units. In true supercar style, there will also be active aero — a first for any Corvette.
Engine-wise, there will be four different choices, which will roll out progressively, much like how previous generations saw the base Corvette followed by higher-spec models like the Grand Sport and the ZR1. Here they are:
* 500-horsepower version of the current Corvette’s LT1
* 5.5-liter, dual-overhead cam, flat-plane crank V8 capable of 600 horsepower
* Twin-turbo version of said V8, capable of 800 horsepower
* A hybrid powertrain with twin-turbo V8, plus a 200-horsepower motor driving the front wheels
Right now, the gearhead crowd is likely thrilled at the idea of a Corvette with a flat-plane crank, as that setup produces an otherworldly wail, like a Ferrari engine.
And that said? We think the aforementioned 5.5-liter V8 will be a heavily modified version of the new engine that corporate cousin Cadillac took the wraps back at the end of March. Because while the specs don’t mention a flat-plane crank, Ford has used similar architecture for both its conventional cross-plane Coyote V8 and the flat-plane version in the weapons-grade GT350R, so there’s no reason Chevy couldn’t pull a similar trick.
It’s not even clear when the mid-engine Corvette will make it’s official debut, but if you’re looking to pick up the hottest Corvette currently available? Read our review of the ZR1, then head down to your local AutoNation Chevy dealer to check it out for yourself!