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Have Chevy Dealers Already Seen the Mid-Engine Corvette?


* Mid-engine Corvette still not officially confirmed by Chevy
* New supercar will likely be revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
* Teaser images may be coming sooner rather than later
* High-performance version of the Cadillac 4.2-liter GF-18 V-8 likely to power next-gen Corvette

Don’t expect what happened in Vegas to stay in Vegas this time. Because according to a post on Corvette Forum, Chevy just showed dealers a couple of teaser pics of the C8 Corvette.

Corvette Forum is the largest community of Corvette owners and fans on the web, and it’s a place where loads of information about America’s Sports Car, from Q&A conversations with lead engineer Tadge Juechter, to gripe sessions about the shape of the C7’s tail lights, to tech tips get posted. Overall, the members there are well informed — if a bit grumpy. While anyone can join, dealer accounts are verified by the admins, and here’s what one New York dealer just posted:

“I just left the General Session presentation by GM/Chevy at the “Find New Roads” Dealer’s Conference at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. We got a glimpse of the C8 Corvette. It is coming. GM called it a super car. The 2 pictures we saw showed very little, but I’m thrilled to share I caught a glimpse of the production car. It definitely looked mid-engined. The front hood reminded me of a lotus. Front bumper cover reminded me of the 2019 ZR1. Time to go party at the reception. If I bump into Brian Sweeny, US VP of Chevy, or other GM Execs, I will ask some questions and report back!”

Now, there’s a lot to unpack there, but it seems to add up. While there have been plenty of spy shots of the mid-engine Corvettes testing, nobody at the General has confirmed that the next-gen Corvette will actually adopt the new platform, so it makes sense they’d show teasers and not the whole car. It also makes sense that the general public is going to see these same shots soon, because there’s just no way this amount of folks is going to be able to keep a secret.

That said? Some folks seem to think that the C8 will spell the end of the traditional front-engine Corvette — but we don’t buy it. Rather, we think there will just be two different Corvettes, at least for the next decade. So, like we wrote last year, the mid-engine Corvette will not kill the traditional Corvette.

But if you’re concerned? You can always head down to your local AutoNation Chevy dealer and pick up a new ZR1…

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