Mid-engined Corvette details revealed

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Words: Nile Bijoux
7 Dec 2018

A forum post has revealed details on the upcoming mid-engined Corvette, and they are Juicy with a capital ‘J’.

A word of caution however as the forum user is completely anonymous and begins the post with a disclaimer that any questions won’t be answered, for fear of “jeopardising my business’s success.”

The post claims the forthcoming C8 Corvette will be called Manta Ray, after the 1969 ‘Vette, and will launch next year as a base model making 388kW from a modified LT1 V8.

Following that will be two model-year 2021 versions that promise to “revolutionise the Corvette line-up”. The first version will be called the Grand Tour, adding a bunch of quiet, comfy accommodations to tour grandly. It’ll employ a version of Cadillac’s 4.2-litre twin-turbo V8 that, for some reason, would move the turbos outside the heads instead of between them. It’s reportedly the quietest V8 GM has ever built. Adding a bit of weight to this part  of the story is a patent of a GT badge by GM. 

The other model will be called the Grand Sport and ratchet performance up to 11. It’ll use a “frighteningly powerful” 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 that apparently dominates offerings from Germany and Italy. The poster even says lawyers got involved to “advise on the legal perils of selling such a potent vehicle for street use.” There’s even a track-oriented version to follow, for the really brave.

Other bits include a dual-clutch transmission as the only option and a new programme for selling the car.

In any case, an official reveal is about a month away, when all rumours will be put to rest.

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