Latest Mid-engine C8 Corvette Images Have Us Captivated
C8 Corvette Zora is expected to debut at Detroit Auto Show in January.
The mid-engine Corvette has been one of the longest running red herrings in the history of the modern automobile. As every successive generation of Corvette has been set to debut, the mid-engine rumors always come swirling back. This has been the case since the father of the mid-engine Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov, raced Corvettes back in the 60s. Of course, those rumors have always been inflated by General Motors’ continual concepts and design theories involving mid- and rear-engine sports cars.
Well, the mid-engine “Zora” Corvette is no longer a fan theory. It’s the real deal, and it’s fast approaching, with all evidence pointing towards a reveal at North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit this upcoming January.
These latest renderings, done by Corvette Forum, showcase the best look yet at the impending mid-engine C8 ‘Vette.
Stylistically, the front clip is derived from the current 2019+ Corvette ZR1. This jives with intel from within Chevrolet indicating this to be how the front end will look. The side profile showcases a heavily raked windshield with excellent sight lines, offering visibility that mid-engine sports cars are famous for. The aggressively scalloped side flanks, as outlined by a few genius forum members, will feed air into the mid-mounted engine. The rear of the car features three-dimensional tail lights, not unlike several other newly-designed Chevrolet models. A rear diffuser element, along with rear cooling grilles and a low-rise rear spoiler will efficiently control and evacuate air passing above, beneath and through the mid-engine Corvette.
Of course, optimizing air flow is important, as those all-new turbocharged dual overhead cam engines will have exacting cooling requirements to achieve a potential 800 horsepower. Though, we also expect a slightly less-potent 650 horsepower variant to be available, as well.
More news as well have it, folks.