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Wow: There Might Actually Be a Midengine Chevy Corvette

I’ve recently heard rumblings of a midengine Chevy Corvette. If you know anything about the car industry, you know that this is basically “stupid rumor number one” — the Loch Ness Monster of the car world. A rumor that’s been discussed on and off for basically the last five decades, but one that’s never actually come true. When I hear this rumor, I roll my eyes. I’ve done so for years. It’s silly.

And yet …

We recently received some spy photos purportedly showing a midengine Chevy Corvette. They’re pretty compelling, and there’s little doubt that the vehicle in these photos — heavily camouflaged, of course — is midengine in design. The photo series is actually quite hilarious. It appears the car is being driven along, and then the occupants realize they’re being photographed, so they scramble to cover up the car.

Now, part of me believes this is just some old-school mule General Motors trots out every few years to fool people like me into believing the next Corvette will be a midengine car. That makes sense, as these rumors happen almost rhythmically about three years after the launch of each new Corvette; the current one came out in 2014, so we’re right on track. But this time around, I think there could also be some other possibilities at work here. I’ll give my two leading theories.

One possibility: They are actually going to make a midengine Corvette. Obviously, Chevy hasn’t confirmed this, but recently we’ve noticed that “the midengine Corvette” is starting to be discussed more seriously by rival brands. In fact, we’ve heard high-level executives at competing brands reference the car on a regular basis — and I suspect they know more about this stuff than I do, as a guy who just sits here and browses Autotrader for used AMG products.

Along with this rumor, we’ve also heard the rumor that the “old” Corvette will be sold alongside the midengine model for a year or two, for people who prefer their Corvettes the traditional way. Chevy already does this with the Impala, selling the old one to rental fleets. Maybe they’ll carry on the practice with the Corvette.

Of course, there’s also a second possibility: They’re going to make something else. Ford has the GT, Dodge had the Viper … maybe they’re planning some sort of exotic car or supercar that will slot above the Corvette. I’ve always felt the Cadillac brand would be ripe for such a vehicle; an Audi R8 or Mercedes-AMG GT rival that would really drive home the point that Cadillac is a new brand for new buyers. Maybe this is that?

I have no idea what to expect, and I’m not sure what’s coming. All I know is, it appears those people covered up that test car reeeeeeeally quickly when they were spotted — meaning this probably isn’t some stupid false alarm. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. I’ve had an idea that no one else seems to have had… What if there is going to be a mid-engine Corvette, and also be a front engine Corvette, sold side by side into the future?


    What if GM is getting ready to spin Corvette off into its own brand, separate from Chevrolet?

    It would make some sense… Think about it. From introductory model to flagship model:

    Corvette Stingray
    Corvette Grand Sport
    Corvette Z06
    Corvette ZR1
    Corvette Zora (mid engine)

    That’s 5 models for a Corvette model line. Consider that the Bowling Green, KY plant is being upgraded to give the factory more flexibility. In addition, it’s also getting a top of the line paint shop. It’s being prepped to make a bunch of different models simultaneously, and paint them with more colors than in the past.

    I think Corvette being spun off of Chevrolet is a distinct possibility. I mean, the Camaro has improved dramatically since the bailout, and is pretty much in a position to take over as Chevrolet’s top tier sports car… so why not spin Corvette of into it’s own brand? As an individual brand, it would be have the ability to produce both front engine and mid-engine Corvettes, catering to both older and younger people who want Corvettes.

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