After we have enjoyed seven generations of the front engine and rear wheel drive, Chevrolet Corvettes- the C8 is all set to switch to a mid-engine configuration. The C8 Zora is scheduled to be presented in January 2018 at the North American International auto show in Detroit. The production is scheduled to begin on time in order to make it to the fall ’18 release. Public tours this year were suspended by the Corvette’s Bowling Green, Kentucky indicating that Chevy has already begun building C8 prototypes there.
Higher cost for its configuration and its elimination from the Great American sports car’s reputation are a few upcoming challenges for a mid-engine C8 and the arguments seem quite significant. The reason being, Corvette buyers are aging and while growing up, they would most likely be reluctant to swap in for an outstanding front-engine C8 Corvette. Initially, by introducing mid-engine, Chevrolet is doing what Porsche is reluctant to do with the Corvette’s direct contender- the 911. With the newly-introduced concept of mid-engine, Chevrolet might get a Corvette that can operate in a much superior way than the 911.
Despite the short dash-to-axle ratio and a long rear deck but a hood nearly as long as the C7’s, the C8 shall not be mistaken as any other mid-engine sports car, suggests the spy shots.
Sales of the newly introduced C7s are expected to overlap with the release of the C8 for up to one calendar year.
The spy shots of C8 Zora mules imply that the car is accompanied by C7s with big rear wings and camouflaged front clips. C6 ZR1’s LS9 bags a rating of 638 hp while the C7 Z06’s LT4 supercharged small-block is rated at 650 hp. It is now expected that the C7 ZR1’s supercharged small-block’s horsepower number will begin with at least a seven.
The C8 Corvette is foreseen to use the latest performance variants of Chevrolet’s venerable small-block V-8 beneath its relocated engine cover. GM has also been working on the development of a new 4.0 liter double-overhead-cam turbocharged V-8 initially for Cadillac models. The engine is claimed to offer a wider variation, beyond sheet metal, to differentiate the C8 from Cadillac’s alleged mid-engine sports car.
Although it is yet not affirmed, a Cadillac sports car based on the mid-engine Corvette is looked forward to being under development. GM bears a trademark with the name Manta Ray for a performance variant of the C8 and E-ray for a performance hybrid.
The 2019 Corvette sale is scheduled to be validated around mid to late 2018. The C7 ZR1 is estimated to start at $105,000 whereas the Zora is estimated to have a price range between $65,000 to $95,000.