The mid-engine Corvette has been the subject of rumor and speculation for so long, it’s reminiscent of Lucy and Charlie Brown with the football. This story literally goes back more than three decades. But the rumblings over the past few years have become increasingly credible, and spy photographers from our friends at Corvette Forum spotted a camouflaged mid-engine mule — which looks suspiciously Corvette-like — at a McDonald’s in Michigan.
Make no mistake, General Motors is readying a mid-engine supercar.
That said? We think there’s a chance the mid-engine Corvette might not be a Corvette at all — but a Cadillac. Because also there’s been plenty of chatter that GM might make its new baby a high-priced halo vehicle, and distinct from America’s Sports Car. And while that story arch seems to have cooled lately, we think it’s worth noting the drive-through lane where the latest tester was spotted was in Cadillac, Michigan. Given how quickly those shots surfaced, the drive team had to know exactly what they were doing, because we can’t ever remember seeing a mule doing anything as pedestrian as grabbing burgers at the Golden Arches.
Coincidence? Clever hype building? We’ll have to wait and see.
In the wake of all the mid-engine news, however, there have been plenty of traditional Corvette fans who’ve thought that this development spells the end of the front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. And while there are tons of unknowns in this evolving drama, we can let them know that their beloved icon is safe. It just wouldn’t make sense for General Motors to scrap the profitable platform — and alienate a generation of fans — in favor of a replacement which is sure to command a much high price point and deliver less practicality. Instead, we’ll see the mid-engine model aimed at automotive luminaries like the Audi R8 and the Ferrari 488 GTB, and not the sub-100k field.
So even after the mid-engine “Corvette” debuts sometime next year, you’ll still be able to head to your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealer and order a “traditional” Corvette. You can count on it.