Wednesday, October 5, 2022
News Is the 2020 Mid-Engined Corvette C8 Real?

Is the 2020 Mid-Engined Corvette C8 Real?

Is there such a thing as a mid-engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8? What if we were to call it Zora, would that make it real?

We’ve been talking about this mid-engined new Corvette unicorn for what seems like an eternity, and talk has heated up in the last few days with news of a possible key fob design leak, and a racing car presumed to be the C8.R spotted in the dead of the night with flames coming out at Sebring. 

These two new tidbits of evidence pile on top of the couple camouflaged prototypes seen driving around in all sorts of conditions including winter over the last year. Then there’s that fancy-looking clear engine cover design patent application that recently leaked. 

C8 Corvette key
Possible C8 Key Fob | Photo: Corvette Forum

Look, I’m all for a mid-engine Corvette, I really am. But, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my doubts about it actually happening. For one, if there was ever a place to unveil the mid-engined C8 Corvette, it would be the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 

It’s the last time a Detroit Auto Show will be held in January, and it’s steps away from GM’s home. I know they’ve unveiled significant models outside of the NAIAS before, but launching what would arguably be the brand’s most defining model at another venue just doesn’t work.

The Chicago Auto Show? Really? 

The problem is that GM isn’t doing anything at this year’s show outside of Cadillac. Chevrolet isn’t bringing any journalists to the show, specifically, which by all accounts means there’s no way the C8 mid-engined Corvette launches next month. 

And then there’s that small bit about GM closing down a handful of plants and putting a bunch of people out of work. I know the goal was to be proactive and I’m not saying GM is in trouble, but can you imagine the PR disaster that would be? Throwing a big extravagant party to launch what will be a six-figure exotic a month after over 10,000 workers loss their jobs would be a PR faux-pas if there was ever one. 

Here’s what I think. I think Chevrolet has a C8 Corvette that’s ready to go, but theirs internal debate as to whether they should build the car right now or focus instead on adding a few new SUVs to its lineup. In any case, I don’t think we will see a mid-engined Corvette anytime soon, even if the key fob for it is ready for production. 

Trending Now

Already Almost Three Completed Lordstown Endurance Pickups

Lordstown Motors has just announced that production of its fully electric pickup truck has begun. In fact, the American manufacturer, which has taken up...

Valérie Limoges Makes History in the Nissan Sentra Cup

For the first time in Canadian racing history, a female driver has clinched a class title in Canadian road racing. When Quebec’s Valérie Limoges and...

The Polestar 3 SUV’s Rear-End Revealed

The Polestar 3 launched officially on October 12th. The elegant SUV will pack serious performance. And it looks really good. Based on this new...

Battery Problems will Lead to a Volkswagen EV Recall

A manufacturing defect has been found in some battery cells This problem affects the ID.4 and the ID.3 Volkswagen estimates this recall to...

Wards publishes its list of the 10 best powertrains for 2022

Earlier this week, Wards Auto released its list of the 10 Best Engines and Powertrain Systems of the past year. And as expected, electrification...
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including and as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.