Outspoken Chevy employee spills beans on first mid-engined Corvette supercar
A US car dealer has apparently just confirmed the automotive industry’s worst-kept secret: the next-generation 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette will for the first time be mid-engined and it isn’t far away.
Nate Chandler, of Van Bortel Chevrolet in New York, recently attended a dealer function in Las Vegas, and what he purportedly saw will likely pique the interest of Corvette lovers around the world.
“I just left the General Session presentation by GM/Chevy at the “Find New Roads” Dealer’s Conference at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas,” he said in a post to Corvetteforum.com this week.
“We got a glimpse of the C8 Corvette. It is coming. GM called it a super car. The 2 pictures we saw showed very little, but I’m thrilled to share I caught a glimpse of the production car. It definitely looked mid-engined.”
Marking a move that will position it closer to European competitors including the Ferrari 488 GTB, McLaren 720S, Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan, the next Corvette’s adoption of a mid-mounted V8 has been the subject of persistent rumours since 2015.
In even better news for Australians, the C8 Corvette will fulfil Holden’s promise to release a rear-wheel drive V8 sports car following the axing of its homegrown Commodore V8 last year, albeit at a significantly higher price.