Mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 spotted testing
Next-gen American sports car looks set to move its engine rearwards and gain turbo power; this prototype shows its extended rear
Previous mules have been spotted wearing a cut-up Holden Ute body, but this car looks to be wearing an adapted Corvette C7 exterior.
The mule has gained a pair of rear buttresses and flat centre section, hinting at its mid-engine layout and supporting information that the drastically different next-gen model is back on the cards.
Previous attempts at launching a mid-engined Corvette were reportedly shelved due to the 2008 credit crunch, but insiders say Chevrolet is now keen to finally put the model into production.
Sources think the car will use a turbocharged V6 engine in order to boost efficiency and enable it to fall under increasingly stringent CO2 emission limits. A flat-plane crank V8 engine could be offered as a range-topping model in certain markets.
The C8 is also expected to use more aluminium in its construction to save weight.
As this latest mule shows, the Corvette C8 is still at an early stage in its development process. The finished car isn’t expected to arrive before 2018, with most sources predicting a debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show before the first cars arrive on the road in 2019.