It looks like Chevrolet is bringing its A-game right to Ford's doorstep. If you thought the Blue Oval was the only American brand to have a high-performance mid-engine road car today, Chevy is about to change all that. Come July 2019, the Ford GT will soon face up against the bow-tie brand's mid-engined Corvette C8.
That's right, after years of being caught by spy photographers in heavy camouflage, Chevrolet has confirmed that the Corvette C8 will have its V8 mounted behind the driver. In fact, they recently let loose a prototype of the next-gen 'vette in New York, albeit wearing light camo.
But what is more interesting is the fact that Chevrolet placed the official reveal date of the eighth-generation sports car on the body itself. On July 18, 2019, the world will get to see the new Corvette in all its glory.
Spotted numerous times being driven on private roads and on the Nurburgring for the past couple of years, the C8 veers away from its traditional front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Instead it now adopts a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. With it, the design of the familiar sports car has been radically altered.
Despite the camo livery, we do get to see that the C8 gets a sharper, more aerodynamic shape. With the engine now placed behind the cabin, engineers and designers were also able to give it a new front fasica. On to its rear, it apparently gets a new set of LED taillights reminescent of the Camaro.
As for what's under the rear hood, the prototype is supposedly powered by the base engine LT2. A derivative of the LT1 found in the current Corvette, the LT2 is a 6.2-liter V8 that has been upgraded to produce around 500 PS. Instead of a traditional automatic or manual, a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will reportedly be the only transmission option available.
With the new Ford GT producing over 600 PS, expect the more powerful variants of the Corvette (like the Z06 and the ZL1) to produce 600+ horsepower or more. Production of the Corvette C8 will begin in Bowling Green, Kentucky in January of 2020.
With the C8 Corvette's launch still three months away, all we can do is wait pateintly until July 18, 2019 comes for us to finally get to see Chevrolet unveil their all-new sports car.