The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Concept Will Bring Back the Mid-Mounted Engine

The newest pictures and rumors of a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 have emerged and have gotten us all stirred up. People were already excited when they heard the prospect of this car appearing in the Chevy lineup. And it does sound good for the brand to finally get a mid-mounted engine.

There have been many indications for that in the past. But there were not solid evidence nor have there been any final decisions to do so. The idea about the mid-mounted engine model came with the designer and the father of the brand, Zora Arkus-Duntov. He also had a lot of ideas with a mid-mounted engine option which never came to fruition. This was his favorite kind of a design. And for a number of years he pushed for it production. Well finally it is time that this appears and happens.

One of the reasons for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Concept appearing is that the front engine models are reaching their limit. This is also going to help for Chevy to separate the future Camaro and Corvette models from each other. That way it bring us a more comprehensive offer form the same designer.

This is a very exotic change and an apparent one. It’s something evolution of the car industry is supposed to bring and make possible for us. We also expect to see dramatic changes. But the mid-engine concept is already an amazing one. And we cannot believe that it is finally coming to life.

With the introduction of the C8, the C7 is going to see its final days. The C7 models are probably going to be the last Corvette cars with a front-mounted engine. The evolution of the brand is going to give us a more substantial offer. And will enable for it to evolve in something new that will join us in the future. Chevy might also plan to include a new ZR1. This will see off the old C7 and give it a legacy it deserves.

So after months and months of speculation about the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 concept, the real evidence is right in front of us. We will be able to find out more and get to see what the car is really going to be about. Our review does not only contain the information about the release date and the price. It also has the latest and newest information that come along with everything related to it.

When We can Expect the Release Date of the Production Vehicle?

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 concept is still in its development stage. So people are regarding it as a concept model for now. But we are hoping that we are going to see the final product much faster than  we expected.

The designers are gearing for a 2018 showcasing. This will probably mean that they are going to show the car to the public for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show. It is one of the vehicles that will bring a lot of turnarounds in the market. So you would expect to see it on one of the more important auto shows in the world.

An Interesting Exterior Design

For now the design of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 concept cannot be exactly confirmed. It will still take some time until the information is revealed or rather until the cover comes off the car. Based on  the evidence that we saw with the spy photos, this new car will have a very interesting new design.

Maybe the idea of a mid-mounted engine car does seem too dramatic. However, it seems that GM is not going to go for a very dramatic approach. Generally speaking, the look of the C8 is simply going to be an evolution of the current C7. But they are going to modify it in a way. So it will house the necessary drivetrain which they have planned here.

The New Improvements

This means that the manufacturer is going to move cockpit slightly forward. Also the nose is going to get the same kind of a shape with tapered edges. The change here also includes an aggressive kind of a design for the ducts and track. The front splitter is also going to be a bit more different. The change for the nose also includes it dipping a bit forwards. This will account for better visibility.

The side of the car adds another part of the nose. This is going to differentiate the cars. The side sees a rear cut that some Porsche and Ferrari models are adding. The signature sculpting is positioned in front of the doors. It is something that you would see in many of the newer current cars. The Stingray logo is integrated perfectly into the new design. And the final touch is the higher roofline. This is also necessary because it enables the car to meet the safety requirements for the segment.

The rear end appears to have a completely different tone to it compared to the other parts of the car. In fact, it is at the same time largely different. It bears a striking resemblance with the current model. The silhouette is the same while the lights are different.

There is also a duct which is wider, aggressive ducts on the fenders and a small dual spoiler placed over the rear fenders. The center mounted quad exhaust is going to remain the trademark of the Corvette car. But they will additionally update it with the chrome.

Interior and a New Appearance

The inside of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will simply take a completely new shape. It will see a large display of additions. These are going to make the car far more exclusive. This is one of the parts which affects the price. However, it will make the car a more desirable one.

The designers actually have all the freedom in the world to do here what they want. This will probably result in something far different than anything else seen in the previous C7. The yards of leather and luxury materials are going to overflow from this car. It will make it as suitable and desirable as any other model on the market.

The design might change a little bit as well. We will probably see some kind of a new layout which will improve the inside. But with this also comes a new technological upgrade. The newest package will add new technology on the inside and will help the car be much more useful than before.

The vehicle will in this way strive to update the interior of the given Corvette models that we had so far and at the same time bring us something completely different which will be very much suitable for segment. Much still needs to be decided here and we are going to get some changes until we eventually get to the final product which we will probably enjoy very much.

News about the Engine

The engine setup of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is probably the most important part of the vehicle. The biggest news is of course the very position of the engine as the car is now going to assume a mid-position which will change the very face of the car. The current Z06 uses a V-8 engine and is conspired the most powerful vehicle coming from General Motors.

If they want to bring us something new with the C8, they have to make the car more powerful than that. So the idea is to use a newly developed V-8 engine with twin-turbo technology which will at the same time enable the engine to make 700 horsepower and nearly 700 pound-feet of torque and will be released as a  LT5.

Although the car will be offered as a RWD model initially and mainly, there are some talks which state that the vehicle is going potentially come with hybrid technology that means that an electronic engine will be put in the nose and that way bring an AWD setup. This is something which we have already seen in the Porsche 918 model.

It is very likely that the electronic powertrain will make its debut once the mid-mounted engine is established and we are probably not going to see it before that. Finally, the transmission of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is going to be a similar choices as the one seen in the  Z06 model as we are going to have either a 7-speed manual or a 8-speed automatic one.

0-60 mph and Top Speed

Being that the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is supposed to be the most powerful car that Chevy is making, it is only natural that it brings the best that it possible can with the acceleration time. Compared to the previous model this one will sweep everything and bring about a very fast car which will be able to speed up to 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, or even less, as the stats are still not in yet. The top speed is similarly an astounding one as it is calculated to be somewhere in between 215 mph and 220 mph, for starters.


There are some news about the platform of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8. The vehicle will probably use the same kind of a platform that the current Corvette has, but one which will be heavily modified compared to the one that we see now. Being that this platform was already used to create a convertible version of the Corvette model, we see it as a model which will probably be able to handle the stress of the offer which is upon us now.

A Potential Racer

Although there are no confirmation now nor any indications that the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is going to be a race car, it certainly has some potential for it. With all of the competing brands already entering the Le Mans race track with their own vehicles, such as the Porsche 919 LMP1 racer already being in the mix and the developing LaFerrai FXX being in preparation, it would not be far away to see the C8 or at least some form of a Zora car being included here. Ford is also building its GT model and if Chevy decides to entire it will be an interesting race to see which one would win out of the Ford GT and the Chevy Zora cars.

An Expected Price Increase

With the changes brought for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 concept we are also going to see an increase in the price. We could actually expect this. But at the same time we did not expect for the car to such a high price.

Compared to the C7 model with an already hefty, but deserved, price of 60,000 dollars the newest mid-engine mounted C8 will be worth approximately 80,000 dollars. The price is entirely deserved even with the fact that in some ways it does manage to break the bank. But once this car is out we will see why it comes priced for such a high margin compared to the car it replaces.

Other Cars in the Segment

Perhaps the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8 concept will be the first one to come with a mid-mounted engine. But there are many cars which can rival it in terms of speed, power and agility. It will bring forth a slew of cars. These will need to bring the best out of them so they rival the newest supercar in the market. The list of cars includes such models as the Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, Lamborghini Huracan, Ferrari 488 GTB. Furthermore, it’s Porsche 911 and the Porsche 718 Cayman as well.

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