July 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Joe Lorio | Photography by Chris Doane Automotive
Chevrolet engineers are hard at work testing the upcoming mid-engined C8 Chevrolet Corvette, which provides opportunities for industrious spy photographers—and further delicious teasing for the rest of us. The latest images captured of the mid-engined Vette give us our best view yet of the passenger compartment and the homegrown exotic’s overall shape.
These snaps captured the C8 in a moment when the camouflage had peeled away from its roof, revealing the tall, dramatically curved windshield and the tapered roofline. Chevrolet is tipped to offer a choice of a solid roof, a lift-off top as on today’s C7, or a glass roof. Through the camouflage, we can discern the outline of the large rear glass under which sits the small-block V-8. The view of the open doors confirms that they’ll operate conventionally. We also get a good sense of the long wheelbase, the short rear overhang, the defined front fender tops, and the rounded tail.
We expect the mid-mounted small-block to send as much as 500 horsepower to the rear wheels, distilled via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission supplied by Tremec. A hybrid variant, expected to use the trademarked name Corvette E-Ray, likely will follow later. The C8’s regular powertrain will get an upgrade, in the form of a four-cam 32-valve V-8, approximately a year after its debut.
The C8 Corvette, code-named ZERV, is expected to finally shed its camo in January with a debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show. Production begins later next year or very early 2019. Meantime, we’ll keep mulling over these spy photos, because January is a long way away.
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