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.
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.