[SPIED] Mid Engine C8 Corvette’s Front and Rear Body Panels Spotted in Corvette Factory’s Paint Shop

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[SPIED] Mid Engine C8 Corvette's Front and Rear Body Panels Spotted in Corvette Factory's Paint Shop


Two Torch Red body panels that appear to be part of the mid engine C8 Corvette were photographed as they were being painted in the Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s paint shop. There is also another body panel to the right of the rear panel in the picture below.

[SPIED] Mid Engine C8 Corvette's Front and Rear Body Panels Spotted in Corvette Factory's Paint Shop


The photos were uploaded to the Corvette Forum by a junior member named “uneedthis2” who said the photos were taken by a temporary worker:

“The photos were taken by someone who was temporarily working there. The person is finished with their part of the work, so I couldn’t ask for additional pictures.”

By taking these panels and superimposing them over the visible front and rear body of the upcoming 2019 Corvette ZR1, you can tell right away that these panels do not belong on the ZR1 at all.

C7 Corvette ZR1
C8 Corvette front fascia


The front fascia of the Corvette ZR1 has the large air opening in the middle flanked by two additional openings on each side. However, the orientation for the openings in the grill are opposite those spotted on the ZR1.

Here’s some down and dirty photoshopping by Corvette Forum members as they try to compare the panels to previous C8 photos:

[SPIED] Mid Engine C8 Corvette's Front and Rear Body Panels Spotted in Corvette Factory's Paint Shop [SPIED] Mid Engine C8 Corvette's Front and Rear Body Panels Spotted in Corvette Factory's Paint Shop [SPIED] Mid Engine C8 Corvette's Front and Rear Body Panels Spotted in Corvette Factory's Paint Shop


The Corvette team recently announced that it was moving up the start of production for the 2019 model year to January 29, 2018, and that has only fueled rumors that the mid engine C8 Corvette will be right around the corner, possibly to be revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2018.

It’s our contention that the mid engine C8 Corvette is a 2020 model and that it is still way too early to be unveiled to the public. Although three C8 prototypes were spotted at a McDonalds in Cadillac, MI a couple weeks back, we are expecting a full year of further development (along with spy shots and public sightings like the ZR1) before it’s revealed a year from January at the NAIAS show in January 2019.


Source:
Corvette Forum

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Why not just relax and let the factory sort out all the intricacies of a new model so it gets as close to problem-free as they can make it before putting it in the showrooms, and in the meantime enjoy the new C7 ZR1 and all the rest of the C7s for as long as that model runs?

  2. Those are front and rear fascias. Yes the mid-engine car is on the way, the tooling is being installed and trouble shooting has begun in the body shop on the complete tools assembled. It’s way early in the process to get too excited.

  3. Good article. Smart. Too many are predicting the C8 and the C7 ZR1 will debut at the Jan 2018 NAIAS show side by side, which would be a horrible marketing debacle. who would pay ZR1 money for a C7 sitting next to the revolutionary C8 with, no doubt, less power than the ZR1, but THE new Corvette of the future.
    Also, GM has spent a LOT of time and $$$ getting the C7 ZR1 right. Way too many $$$ to have it on sale for only 1 year. The 2019 Corvette Sting Ray, Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 will start production at the end of January 2018 and will change over to 2020 some time after the C8 Zora debuts at the January 2019 NAIAS. The C7 and C8 will sell side by side for 2020 and then…GM decisions might be made now, or might be influenced by showroom sales.
    IMO, decisions are already made and the C7, along with a front mid chassis, will die in 2021. The C8 chassis will carry various V8 engines and eventually an electric model, the e-Ray.

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