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Don't Expect The Mid-Engine Corvette To Break Cover Any Time Soon

Sources suggest we won't see the next-generation Corvette C8 until the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

While it has never been officially confirmed by Chevrolet, rumors and spy shots of prototypes being tested suggested that the next-generation Corvette, the C8, will adopt a mid-engine layout for the first time in the model’s 65-year history. After recent sightings, we were expecting to see the long-awaited mid-engine Corvette make its world debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but alas that didn’t happen just as the Toyota Supra failed to show up at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

So when can we expect to see the next-generation Corvette break cover? According to a report by Automotive News, not for a long time. Citing sources from General Motors, the publication reports that Chevrolet’s new mid-engine Corvette won’t be shown until the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, which is almost exactly a year from now. The next major auto show is the Geneva Motor Show in March, and while Automotive News suggests that this could be the venue for the mid-engine sports car’s debut, the manufacturer isn’t listed as an exhibitor, so it seems unlikely. That said, Chevrolet debuted the new ZR1 in Dubai last year, so it shouldn’t be ruled out as a possibility.

Right now, the mid-engine C8 Corvette seems like one of the industry’s worst kept secrets. Leaked documents suggest it will be available in three flavors: a 4.2-liter V8, a 5.5-liter V8, and a 6.2-liter V8. Reportedly, the range-topper will have an output of 850-hp and a pair of turbochargers. Let’s hope its debut happens sooner than later, because at this rate Chevrolet won’t have many details left about the C8 Corvette to surprise us with.

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