The first mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette has been snapped undergoing its handling assessment at the The Green Hell
Chevrolet is readying the new, mid-engined Corvette for its launch. Due to be released on 18 July, the reconfigured Corvette will wade into battle with the Ford GT, as well as a range of established mid-engined rivals from Europe, such as the Lamborghini Aventador S and McLaren 720S.
These latest spy shots show two near production-ready prototypes undergoing performance testing at the Nurburgring as part of their final shakedown.
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Both wear considerably less cladding than our previously-spied mules, giving us a better look at the new Corvette’s sharp nose, angular front splitter, huge side air intakes and aggressive rear diffuser.
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Despite the drastic change in position for the engine, it’s clear that many of the Corvette’s most recognisable design features will remain. This mule’s enclosed triangular headlamps are similar to those on the current car, while its tail-lights mimic the units used by the C7. New sweeping LED indicators will also feature.
The new Corvette is expected to use the same LT1 6.2-litre V8 as the current model, although it’s likely to produce more than the 449bhp of the outgoing C7. An element of electrification could also debut in the C8, which would likely see an electric motor sending its power to the front wheels.
Chevrolet has also been developing a race-prepped version of the new Corvette, due to compete in the World Endurance Championship. Called the C8 R, it’s rumoured to be powered by a 5.5-litre turbocharged V8. Sales for the road-going model are expected to start in the US from Autumn.
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