Last month during an interview with Autoline, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter flatly denied that Chevy was building a secret mid-engine sports car. But that hasn’t stopped the speculation that a new flagship mid-engine sports car wearing the cross-flag badges may be on the horizon.
To help fill in some details about the how a mid-engine Corvette might look like, Bold Ride turned to the concept designers at Hansen Arts to imagine a Corvette with the engine in the back.
As we get closer to the Corvette Museum’s Bash event where the Corvette Team will introduce the new 2016 Corvette Stingray and Z06 models, details about some of the changes and updates are beginning to emerge. Our new sponsor Rick “Corvette” Conti of Coughlin Chevrolet in Ohio has been digging though GM’s internal order system looking for any details of the 2016 Corvette and this week he finally hit pay-dirt!
It’s about this time of year that we starting digging around to see what the Corvette team may have in store for Corvette enthusiasts for the 2016 Corvette Stingray and Z06. The Corvette Museum’s Bash Event is just over a month a way and that’s when we find out all the changes that will be coming on the next model year Corvette.
This year, the chatter seems to be at an all time low which means either that the team has clammed up or there just won’t be many significant changes to the C7s Corvettes as they enter the third year of production.
But that doesn’t mean changes aren’t afoot. Today’s Constraint Report has a key color that’s only available on 10% of the orders during the target production week of April 13th.
Team Corvette has a Nurburgring problem.
After testing the new Corvette Z06 at the famous 12.9 mile track in Germany last year, circumstances which include a crash and rainy weather stopped the team from laying down a complete timed lap. Instead of staying in Germany and making it a priority, the team left town and that has ceded the conversation to others.
Car and Driver magazine attempted to break the internet Thursday by posting photos of what they say is the heavily rumored upcoming mid-engine Corvette. Their reconnaissance produced 15 images of the Holden bodied vehicle before it was hastily tucked away under a black car cover.
Could this be a sneak preview of the C8 Corvette or just another tease of a long-rumored mid-engine car from Chevy?
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
What we do know for sure, though, is that Chevrolet will be unveiling its Corvette Vision GT Concept on Nov. 19 as the newest member of the highly popular Gran Turismo PlayStation game.
Chevrolet has yet to start retail production of the 650 horsepower C7 Corvette Z06 but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate about future Corvettes. In case you’ve been living under a rock or were quarantined with some type of communicable disease, the latest rumor is that Chevrolet is working on a mid-engine Corvette named after its first chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov.
Despite the world-class reviews of the C7’s Corvette Stingray and the coming main attraction, the 650 horsepower 2015 Corvette Z06, you would think we would be content to focus on the most advanced Corvettes ever produced. But as always, there are rumors afoot about a next generation Corvette and the main question on everybody’s minds is will Chevy finally bring a mid-engined Corvette to market.
Even though the C7 Corvette Z06 has yet to start production, it’s never too early to start speculating on the next generation Corvette, the C8. After last month’s rumors of a mid-engine super-Corvette dubbed either the Zora or ZR1 from Motor Trend, Car and Driver follows up with their preview of the next King of the Hill Corvette in their October 2014 issue.