Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Will Not Debut Next Month in Detroit
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It has been so long since word hit the internet that the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette would debut in Detroit that I can’t recall what outlet began spreading what we now know is just a nonsensical rumor, but we know who has disproven that bit of fake news. While speaking with a Chevrolet representative, the folks at GM Authority learned that the brand has no car or SUV debuts planned for January’s Detroit Auto Show. Among other things, this means that the new mid-engine Corvette will not debut in Cobo Hall next month.
There was no mention of Chevrolet trucks in the report, so we can guess that the new Silverado HD that has been shown off online could make a formal appearance, but for all of the people who were planning on meeting the long-awaited, mid-engine Corvette in a little over a month – you are going to have to wait a little longer.
No C8 in Detroit
While this news will come as a surprise to many people who, frankly, believe everything that they read on the internet, the fact of the matter is that General Motors has never acknowledged the existence of the mid-engine Corvette program. In fact, at one point a few years back, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said that he was unaware of any such program. However, the endless stream of videos and spy shots prove that the automaker is working on some variety of performance car with a distinct mid-engine shape.
With all of these videos and pictures floating around the internet, the rumors that the mid-engine Corvette would debut in Detroit made perfect sense, but now it seems that is not the case. Of course, there is a slim chance that Chevrolet was being coy when speaking with GM Authority and the new Corvette will debut next month, but that seems highly unlikely.
How about a Cadillac?
We should point out that there have been many rumors that the mid-engine supercar being tested by General Motors is actually a new Cadillac and not a mid-engine Corvette. There have also been rumors that the mid-engine design will be used for the Corvette and an unnamed Cadillac. There was even a picture of a Cadillac key with trunk release buttons for what appeared to be a mid-engine sports car.
Perhaps there will be a mid-engine sports car on display from GM in Detroit, but it will be a Cadillac and not a Corvette, but in the end, I expect that the biggest news from the General will be the new Silverado Heavy Duty and we will all be left waiting for more information on the automakers mysterious mid-engine project.