Mid-Engine Corvette Coming in 2020

April 30th, 2019 by

Coming Soon: A Mid-Engine Corvette

Is the world ready for another Corvette?

Rumors have been swirling the industry for quite some time about the anticipated 2020 Chevy Corvette — also known as the C8 Corvette.

While we anticipated its debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, it sounds like we can expect to see the mid-engine Corvette later this year or early 2020.

With the upcoming 25th Anniversary celebration at the National Corvette Museum in August 2019, a debut of the 2020 Chevy Corvette at the event would be perfect. As of right now, we can only hope this will happen.

The reason for the minor production delay is somewhat unknown, though some consumers think it is because of the Chevy C7 ZR1 launch.

No matter the reason, the C8 Corvette will be a welcome addition to the Chevy model lineup.

What We Know About the Mid-Engine C8 Corvette

While the sports car has been heavily camouflaged and kept under wraps, documents appeared on Jolapnik that could reveal a few spoilers — including technical details.

The documents appear to be order guides for the mid-engine Corvette. While we can’t guarantee the accuracy of these details, they certainly seem legitimate.

2020 Chevy Corvette Powertrain

The powertrain details potentially reveal that the sole engine option on this document is coded as LT2.

The LT2 engine appears to have a high output aluminum eight-cylinder engine with direct injection, variable-valve timing, and Active Fuel Management.

We can assume that this is an update of the current LT1 engine, which means that it will be the base option and could offer up to 500 horsepower. This is, of course, based on the specs of the current model.

The anticipated horsepower will mean more aggressive valve timing as well.

Earlier rumors suggested that the C8 will be the first Corvette with a dual-clutch transmission, and the leaked documents seem to be a confirmation.

The sheet shows a transmission code of M1L, which is described as an “Auto 8-Speed, Dual Clutch.”

This would certainly be exciting for consumers as dual-clutch, or twin-clutch transmissions offer more control and superior performance.

The Mid-Engine Corvette

The documents allude to the C8 Corvette being similar to the current Corvette model in many ways. But the biggest differences between the models would be the dual-clutch transmission and the engine placement.

The newest Corvette model will be equipped with a mid-engine design which could play a significant part in high-performance handling.

With the engine weight between the front and rear axles, engineers are able to design a sports car that can maintain stability and performance in all four wheels. This could mean handling corners and tight turns with complete ease.

Production is set to take place in Bowling Green, Kentucky — home of the Corvette.

General Motors has made updates to the facility and has stopped giving tours to the public. Can we suspect that tours have been suspended so that the public doesn’t catch an early glimpse of the C8 Corvette?

Until the latest model from Chevrolet hits our showroom, we will watch as the rumors, hopefully, turn into reality.