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BangShift Question Of The Day: The Mid-Engined C8 Corvette…Are You Ready?

BangShift Question Of The Day: The Mid-Engined C8 Corvette…Are You Ready?

I want to start today’s Question of the Day with my own question: do you miss the days when there wasn’t sight or sound of the upcoming new model until the day the dealerships covered the windows around September? I would love for those days to come back, because put bluntly, the C8 Corvette is the worst-kept secret to roam around Detroit in years. Four years ago, it was a mix of C7 Corvette, Holden Ute bodywork, and a big freaking wing at the end of the “bed”. For the last bit of time it’s been heavily camouflaged mules that have done everything from ripping around tracks at night with a V6 soundtrack playing (!) to stalling out and breaking down at gas stations. There have been tons upon tons of mule sightings and we…haven’t said much, really. Why? One, until GM put out the word just about every bit of it was as real as a unicorn handing me a stack of crisp $100 bills, and two…we can’t afford to pay pro spy photographers for the rights to their pictures. Damn the luck.

That’s all changed. GM themselves have finally confirmed that the car is coming. They’ve given a date: July 18th, 2019. They’ve even provided a silent film showing the car in action in New York, with Tadge Juechter driving Mary Barra around. The “silent film” part of this actually is a bit bothersome, because it does make me wonder if that V6 noise wasn’t all about a racing-only program. Remember, until it’s announced properly, it’s all speculation on the best of circumstances. But the car is confirmed: the mid-engined Corvette is on the way. Do you care? Does this satisfy a part of you that has hoped that GM would figure out how to undercut Europeans at their own games? Does losing the front-engine, rear-drive layout piss you off to no end? What are your thoughts?

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16 thoughts on “BangShift Question Of The Day: The Mid-Engined C8 Corvette…Are You Ready?

  1. Dan Barlow

    I fail to see how it having the engine behind the driver has to make it twice as expensive as the current car like alot ot ” experts ” think . For the top engine it should have the 4 cam LS engine from Mercury Marine . While I like my C4’s layout, I’ve been ready for the rear mid engine layout for…well since 1980 .

  2. jerry z

    They say the base model will be on the mid-60’s. GM has been teasing us for over 30 yrs about making a mid engine Vette. I hope it suceeds.

  3. sbg

    Mary said that the pricing on this V8, mid-engined car will be similar to the price of the car they’re replacing. I hear all the crying, it’s from the Euros and Ford who think their cars are worth what they charge for them.


    it’s a non-secret that the current Camaro is every bit as fast as the current Corvette…. something had to give, and we won. Oh did we win.


    With the state gm is in they may never got it done the pickup is now number 3 ram has out sold them ytd this year the money marker for them. is trucks.

  5. BeaverMartin

    I’m kinda just hoping this doesn’t make aluminum LS swaps harder to find in the yards.

    1. Razz

      More expensive, yes. Harder, as far as the long block goes, it shouldn’t be. I don’t know how the throttle body is configured, especially if it is supercharged.

      1. BeaverMartin

        I’m still scarred of the LT engines in general. I just picture this version having some crazy accessory drive, exhaust, and intake configurations. It might be better though, I guess we’ll see.

  6. Ted

    What a lame design. Like the designers took a pic of a McLaren, a Ferrari, and a Hurracan, overlaid them and used a Spirograph while tuned up on Ativan to come up with this. Gack………..

    Best thing is now the ZO6’s will plummet in price when this 401K dentist oriented machine rolls out. he he he………………

  7. Car lover

    I feel that without the front engine / RWD it is no longer a Corvette. Give it a new name that doesn’t reference Corvette history and go conquer the super cars.

  8. nitrostreet

    Bring it on, it is absolutely badass, it is without doubt the most anticipated automotive reveals of the last few years…….the current Vette can run with most of the worlds supercars as is, the mid engine should………..well lets just wait and see…….

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