The Best Proof Yet that the Mid-Engine Corvette is Coming

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The top secret mid-engine Chevy Corvette has been trying to hide from the cameras, but so for the spy photographers seem to be winning the battle. 

This new set of photos offers our best look yet at the car, caught while undergoing winter testing on ice. In many of the photos, we see the car totally covered by a black sheet, but when it hit the ice the sheet came off, revealing its proportions and a few hints at the car’s overall design.

The shape alone suggests that the car is mid-engine, especially when you see it in contrast to the C7 ZR1 prototype that was also out testing. The long, tall hood is gone on the mid-engine prototype, replaced with a longer rear deck to house the engine. Air intakes in the rear flanks to help cool the engine are also visible.

SEE ALSO: Here’s Everything We Know about a Mid-Engine Corvette

Nothing has been confirmed about this car yet, but of course, rumors abound. It has been suggested that the new supercar will appear with a Cadillac badge, a better suited brand to sell it for a high price tag. If the mid-engine Corvette looks to take on the Ford GT directly, the price could stretch all the way up to $400,000, though some reports put the price closer to $150,000.

A version of the 6.2-liter V8 in today’s Corvette will probably be used in the supercar, though with a supercharger adding serious horsepower to the mix. A twin-turbo V6 has could also be an option as a base engine.

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  • KCPhil

    They’ve been teasing us with a mid-engine Corvette since the 70s. I will believe it when I see it.

  • Craig

    It’s NOT a Cadillac…IT’S A CORVETTE. How dare they even think of branding it differently ?!?!

  • lookinoutforu

    Agreed! Why change the Corvette’s true pedigree?

  • lookinoutforu

    I’m sure it’ll be a great car, but I like the front engined Corvette. I love the trunk space which makes it a viable, over the road, touring car. I’ve got a 2013 C6 Grand Sport and will be upgrading to the new C7 Grand Sport, soon. 33,000 miles on the 2013 with zero mechanical problems. It’s as reliable as my Ford F-150 pick up truck. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d85f04180b120c4bd0b867ea039d43ab5602c207cd5ef8217db18d561de067b1.jpg

  • steveinglendale

    I think they’ll have both somehow. Mid-engine looks bloated to me – larger in every dimension. Sure, it’s covered with clothing and this is likely not the final skin, but it seems just not very svelte like the C7 even when also slightly covered. It’d have a hard time going up against the Ford GT or just about any major foreign super car unless it is much cheaper, as in the $150-200k range. With GM pouring $$$ into road racing Cads it seems quite possibly likely to swing in that direction and that would certainly drive the price upward. Thankfully, they seem to have the money, talent and will to do it, maybe, this time. Hope they do it.

  • Bill

    Stop calling it a Corvette. It is a totally different car.

  • 73mach3

    i have 186,000 miles on my 2006 z51!!!!!

  • lookinoutforu

    Nice! ! You’re obviously a driving fool! Good on ya, Bro!!!

    The Corvette is a true “everyday driver”. You can rack up serious miles on them and they keep going and going. This kind of reliability is unheard of in the world of high performance sports cars. Porche’s, Ferrari’s, Astons, etc. can’t hope to compete. The various car enthusiast magazines report for a year or two on the reliability of these Euro offerings, yet ignore the long term cost of ownership. Most folks that buy a nice sports car keep it for the long run, because they like the car they bought, and they’re not cheap!

    I love my C6 (60th Anniversary Edition) and should probably stay with it and save the $$ to upgrade to the 2017 C7 GS.
    Our house needs new windows and some painting, etc. Gotta keep the hearth and home as #1!
    Oh well, we can all dream and that’s free…. 🙂

  • LibertyDwells

    Why are they so determined to screw everything up. Progress and technology are nice, in certain areas and applied in certain ways. But tradition and simplicity are also nice. I (and many, many others) don’t want every aspect of everything out there, from trucks to vettes, covered with and utterly dependent on electronics and every passing fad and engineering trick that delivers only marginal gains.

    I can afford what I want. GM (and others) might want to ask themselves why there are twenty+ year old cars parked in my garages (and so many others) when that’s the case.

  • Nonny

    Let’s face it – the XLR was an old man’s vette that rides a LOT smoother. GM needs to remember where the money is! It ain’t with kids!