It appears the rumors are indeed true that the all-new Corvette will forego tradition. Freshly caught by our spies being tested on a closed track, it looks like the upcoming C8 Corvette will have a mid engine layout. There have been previous reports about the next-generation Corvette getting a new layout, but this is the first time our insiders were able to snap pics of the C8 prototype.
Despite the heavy camouflage, we get to see the unusually long rear of the new Corvette. From the looks of things, the rear engine cover will have a sloped design which follows through with roofline. Upon closer inspection however, it appears that the prototype is based off a C7 or C6 body production body.
Other portions of the C8 prototype appear to remain faithful to previous Corvette designs albeit made sleeker for the new-generation model. Since the car is still in development, we won't be surprised that Chevy will make changes on the car's design. Also, our insiders said that there will be three roof options available. Standard versions will have a fixed roof while the other variants will get a targa top or a full glass design.
As for its platform and body, the C8 may possibly benefit from lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum and other composite materials.
Supposedly, there will be three different powertrain options for new mid-engine Corvette. The first two, LT2 and LT6, will be traditional gasoline-powered engines. On the other hand, the LT7 will apparently be a hybrid powertrain. It's most likely that the hybrid engine will be geared for performance much like the Acura NSX, Porsche 918 and McLaren P1.
Production of the all-new C8 Corvette will reportedly begin in January 2019 at the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant.
The current C7 Corvette will continue to stick around until 2021.