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Old 01-08-2015, 11:33 AM   #1
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Spied: Is this the mid-engined Corvette?

EXCLUSIVE PROOF: The Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette Is Happening!
Our exclusive mule sighting confirms that Chevrolet means mid-engine business.
Car and Driver

Behold, mid-engine Corvette fans: The car you’ve waited patiently for Chevrolet to build has finally evolved beyond titillating concepts to the engineering mule revealed here. An 82-second strike by our recon op resulted in 15 frames before security narcs dropped the curtain on this black test car—with its two occupants still inside.

Don’t fret over the pointy-pickup camouflage; more attractive attire will follow. Instead take solace in a cabin hugging the front axle, ample space between the cockpit and the rear wheels for the hot parts, and this Corvette’s crouched and ready attitude.

The nose clip is from Holden Commodore SSV (with even wider flares), while the cabin module, roof, and exterior mirrors are hand-me-downs from today’s Stingray. A Holden SSV ute’s sheetmetal wraps door to door around the heinie. The wing keeps the tail planted during high-speed runs and what could be more practical than the bumper-mounted 2x10 for shoving this test sled back to the garage when it breaks down? Other items of note: The fuel-filler located on the driver’s-side B-pillar and the cooling intakes located along the rocker panels.

UPDATE 6-27-16

Mid-engine Chevy Corvette captured in broad daylight
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June 27, 2016

Rumor has it the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette prototypes run mostly at night. But someone decided to hit the test track in broad daylight, and one of our spy photographers was on hand with their extra-long lenses to take advantage of that error. These photos show what appears to be a mid-engine Corvette test mule. Car and Driver claims that the Chevy's iconic sports car will switch to the new layout for the whole lineup, not just for a supercar halo model.

Admittedly, the images are extremely grainy – these shots were taken from around a mile away according to our spies. But thanks to a C7 running alongside this prototype we can see the new Vette looks a little wider than. There also seems to be body material where the rear window would be – most likely flying buttresses – but it's difficult to tell at this range. Beyond this analysis, we can't accurately comment on the C8's design because, well, the car in photo probably doesn't have production bodywork.

This leak also shows that Chevy has advanced so far beyond the mule stage. The next Corvette has moved from its Holden Ute-based mules to a very early pre-production spec. That development also comes with a severe increase in security at General Motors Warren Technical Center. Only high-level designers and execs have been allowed to float around the company's mid-engine design studio.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:39 AM   #2
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That would be awesome. Hopefully it's a small cube dohc with twin turbos. Plus if it ever does turn into the only Vette model it would really open the door to a much improved camaro.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:41 AM   #3
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I want that in the ute body. Forget the mid engined Corvette lol
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:23 PM   #4
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C8 zora mid engine

http://m.caranddriver.com/news/exclu...st-photos-news

I like it with the Holden pices on it my self
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:40 PM   #5
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That would be awesome. Hopefully it's a small cube dohc with twin turbos. Plus if it ever does turn into the only Vette model it would really open the door to a much improved camaro.
Why small cube DOHC?

Why not TT LTx pushing over 1000 hp?
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:43 PM   #6
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Half the Corvette buying community says, where would I put my golf clubs?

I'm still questioning whether or not this would ever happen.
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Pretty awesome sighting. Maybe they would still build a front engine Vette alongside this supercar. I can't see current Corvette pricing even staying in the same realm with something like this.
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:46 PM   #8
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Pretty awesome sighting. Maybe they would still build a front engine Vette alongside this supercar. I can't see current Corvette pricing even staying in the same realm with something like this.
The rumors have been that GM will build the ZR1 as a mid engine along side the C7 but the C8 will transition to all mid engine.
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Why small cube DOHC?

Why not TT LTx pushing over 1000 hp?
Umm no real reason other then to set itself sort from everything else gm like the car is doing. Small cubes with turbos can still make HUGE power. Keep the LTx for the camaro/trucks/caddy. Hopefully then gm will stop nuddering the camaro and let it run free to compete with the challenger and mustang.
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:08 PM   #11
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Umm no real reason other then to set itself sort from everything else gm like the car is doing. Small cubes with turbos can still make HUGE power. Keep the LTx for the camaro/trucks/caddy. Hopefully then gm will stop nuddering the camaro and let it run free to compete with the challenger and mustang.

It may end up that way. I've heard GM may have restarted the Ultra V8 program.
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Old 01-08-2015, 04:16 PM   #12
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GM's Daytona Prototypes were styled after the C7. Could this be a preview similar to the C7 Z06 and C7.R?

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Please don't transition to all models being mid engine. I'm a bigger fan of front engine cars. The long sloping nose just looks more appealing. Make it the ZR1 variant and let the front engine heritage live on.
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Old 01-08-2015, 04:55 PM   #14
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Silly guys, that's clearly an El Camino SS.

Pretty wild. Wonder if they'll be able to make a v8 mid engine Corvette sticker in the low 60s range, could be enticing to a lot of Porsche owners who aren't loyalists.
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