A Mid-Engine Corvette Could Be Coming in 2019
The day hardcore sports car fans have dreamed of may be just beyond the horizon. Rumors have been circling for years about a possible mid-engine Corvette, but this time, it seems the rumors might actually be fact.
According to a report from The Detroit News, multiple General Motors sources say a new version of the Chevrolet Corvette with a mid-engine architecture could arrive in early 2019. These sources also said the front-engine Corvette would continue through 2021, but would then get cut.
Officially a Chevy spokesperson said, “We do not comment on future product plans.”
However, a former GM employee told The Detroit News, “It’s happening. Mark Reuss wants it,” in reference to GM’s global product development chief. “It’s the worst-kept secret in town.”
A mid-engine Corvette would likely help it appeal to younger buyers. In addition, it would give it impeccable balance and handling. Chevrolet would also be better able to compete in professional racing with competitors like the Ferrari 488 and Ford GT.
Another benefit to a mid-engine layout is that it is more flexible when it comes to powertrain variants. This means there could be an all-wheel drive version or even a plug-in hybrid with some electric range.
Are you excited about the possibility of a mid-engine Corvette?