Mid-Engine Corvette Shown at Chevy Dealers Meeting in Vegas
Yesterday, we brought you the news that the refreshed 2019 Chevrolet Camaro was introduced earlier this week at the Chevrolet national dealership convention in Las Vegas, but that wasn’t the only popular performance car shown to the dealer community. According to a guy named Nate who works for Van Bortel Chevrolet, a few images of the upcoming supercar was shown, offering those select attendees an early glimpse at the C8 Corvette.
Nate’s Account of the C8 Corvette
This is what the salesman from Van Bortel Chevrolet had to say about what he saw at the national dealership convention on CorvetteForum.com:
“I just left the General Session presentation by GM/Chevy at the "Find New Roads" Dealer's Conference at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. We got a glimpse of the C8 Corvette. It is coming. GM called it a super car. The 2 pictures we saw showed very little, but I'm thrilled to share I caught a glimpse of the production car. It definitely looked mid-engined. The front hood reminded me of a lotus. Front bumper cover reminded me of the 2019 ZR1."
So, if it had no vents in the hood, that would make sense since there would be no engine to cool in the front of a mid-engine Corvette. It would also make sense that the front end would look relatively similar to the current Corvette ZR1, as the ZR1 is beautiful and cues from that model will make for a smoother transition to the mid-engine configuration. Switching to mid-engine in a car that looks completely different might ruffle too many feathers in the Corvette world, but moving to a new chassis layout while preserving some exterior cues from the current models keeps the car somewhat familiar.
The Future is Near
If General Motors opted to show their dealership convention attendees the next generation Corvette, the debut of the car cant be too far away. Of course, if it was that close, the company may have shown their dealer network the car itself, but the GM execs know very well that showing sales people the mid-engine is going to create more discussion. That is likely why the company only showed off small pictures, so the dealership reps had enough to talk about, but not enough to really spoil the pending surprise that should be the first ever mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette.