Mid-engine Corvette C8 for 2019

 

Chevrolet Corvette will be switching to a mid-engined layout for the first time in the model’s history, which could be the best move they have made in a long time.

Photos of a test vehicle have been spotted on the roads and confirm years of rumours that the next generation of American sports car will undergo the biggest change in 65-years of this well-established car manufacturers history, with sharper lines, and big side scopes to feed more air to the engine.  

The new Corvette C8 model will be sold alongside a version of the current car. Inside source from General Motors, which owns the Chevrolet brand, indicate that we can expect a revamped version of the C7 as an entry-level alternative. 

We expect to see the mid-engined supercar coupled with General Motor’s current LT-spec 6.2-litre V8. Although this engine still uses pushrods and will be unable to match the low-down torque of turbocharged alternatives, the all-alloy unit has many positive: it's weight, responsiveness, cost-effective and c.apable of 500bhp with ease.

If you're not keen, then do not worry, Corvette will still be producing their front-engined line up for those who are not quite ready for the change.

We have been advised that the new C8 will include a newly developed overhead camshaft V8, set to be sold in both naturally aspirated and twin-turbo forms, with the twin turbo expected to produce at least 710bhp. 

There is also expected to be a new twin-clutch transaxle gearbox, developed by transmission manufacture Tremec and effectively removing the option of a conventional manual version.

The car has been a big secret and the test vehicle gives little away beyond the need for significant cooling to the front of the car. Despite GM’s sale of its European operations to the PSA Group last year, the new car is being developed with the significant use of the Nürburgring Nordschleife and we can expect the sort of aggressive aerodynamics necessary for good high-speed performance and possibly including an active wing for added braking and cornering.

While the C8 will clearly be fast and well equipt, the need to keep costs down means the likey use of expensive materials. The chassis is likely to be an aluminium spaceframe with a fibreglass bodywork that is seen in the previous generation. Carbon brakes are certain to be available, but the new Corvette is likely to stick to a base specification of cast-iron discs for the same reason. 

The final production car will be shown in the US early 2019, although it is understood that it won’t be at the Detroit motor show.

Sales will begin in the US, with a base price cost of around $100,000.

There is no confirmation of right-hand-drive production, which would seem like a long shot despite the success that the Ford Mustang has enjoyed in the UK and Australia.

The nitty gritty specs:

  • Engine:         6.2-litre V8 + a turbo charged option 
  • Power:         710bhp
  • top speed:    (limited to) 190+mph
  • Price:           $100,000.00
  • Units made:  unknown

 

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