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.
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.
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:
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.
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