While many Corvette enthusiasts here in the States are enjoying BBQs and a three-day weekend that’s most associated with the end of summer, your Corvette engineering staff is half-way around the world at the Nurburgring in Germany where they are preparing to test the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette.
For the first time, the production version of the C8 Corvette is being shown without the heavy black cloth camouflage coverings that we’ve become accustomed to seeing.
A whole slew of new photos showing the next-generation Corvette are being shared at various outlets including RoadandTrack.com and Carscoops.com. However, as we reached out to the spy photographer, he told us he has more photos as multiple MEs were captured at a gas station and so we bought the entire set of 50 photos to share!
Just looking at these photos gives us a warm feeling inside! On the front, we finally get a good look at the front grill which is somewhat similar to the ZR1s. We noticed that Chevy has the same hex-shaped fins within the grill that is now a signature design across the Chevrolet brand.
The hood of the Corvette is a clean design with no air-vents or other extrusions showing.
The side scoop is massive and appears very similar to the one spotted on the C8.R racecar that was caught testing last month at Road America. One thing we’ve noticed is that there are no indications on how to open the doors so we think that perhaps there is a pressure switch under those scoops.
The back shows a pretty close match to our recent rendering from FVS and the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com with vents running down the side of the rear engine hatch and what looks to be a beauty window that will show the contents of the engine bay. At the top and center of the rear hatch is an integrated rear-facing camera that will no doubt provide a better view to the driver via an electronic rear-view monitor.
Through the vinyl camo we can also make out some of the lighting characteristics of the C8 Corvette, however, we believe there is still some deception going on at the rear with the wrap-around taillights. The front shows a set of HID headlights with several LED driving lights illuminated.
Check out all 50 spy photos of the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette from the Nurburgring:
All and all, we are very excited to the see the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette without its covers. Chevrolet has previously stated that they like to use the 12.9-mile Nurburgring for refining the ride and handling of their prototypes. The fact that Chevrolet is already testing the car at the Nurburgring which should give us an indication that development of the car is moving along at a fast and furious pace!
Photo Credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
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