The next generation Chevrolet Corvette is being readied for its reveal, breaking from tradition with a new mid-engined layout
The next Chevrolet Corvette has been caught on camera again – and it’s going mid-engined for the very first time. To date, all seven generations have been front-engined, rear-wheel drive but, to keep pace with its European rivals and the Ford GT, Chevrolet has been forced to change its tactics with the new Corvette C8.
Chevrolet’s latest Corvette mule is mostly identical to the previous examples, with the same rear wing, square exhaust tips, front bumper and side profile. Revisions include a new set of enclosed headlights, a more aggressive diffuser and a fresh pair of tail-lights with sweeping LED indicators.
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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. The new mule’s triangular headlamps are similar to those on the current car, while the it’s tail-lights mimic the units used by the C7.
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 current C7. Hybridisation could also debut in the C8, which would consist of an electric motor sending its power to the front wheels.
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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. When the road-going version eventually arrives, it could produce as much as 750bhp.
The next Corvette is expected to be revealed in early 2019, with US sales beginning in the Autumn.
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