Is this just another rumor or this could really happen?
Rumors for mid-engined Corvette have been going around for decades now, since 1959. And nothing like that happened. Even Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Corvette, wanted to place the car’s engine mid-shop, and he was stopped by the GM board. Over the years, there have been multiple mid-engined Corvette concepts, like the CERV III in 1984 and the Aerovette in 1976, but none of them have reached the production.
Now, there are some rumors from reliable source that have told Motor Trend that the next-version of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be switched to a mid-engine setup, and the C8 Corvette will adapt this configuration as well. The C7 almost had a mid-engine, in case you didn’t know, but that didn’t happen due to GM’s bankruptcy. Motor Trend also said that Chevrolet currently trademarked the name Zora for the special use of “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles”. Do you want more proves that Chevy is making the design change? The next-generation Camaro will be built on a smaller version of the Cadillac ATS’s platform, and compared to the actual Camaro, the new model will be a little lighter.
When we talk about a future Z/28 in terms of power-to-weight ratio, the 2016 Camaro will be a threat to the Corvette, and that Chevy can’t accept, and hence the mid-engine C8 switch solution. With this, the next Corvette will be more exclusive than the Camaro because of this performance. We will be interested to see this thing to happen. Imagine: a mid-engined C8 Zora edition. Can’t wait.