Here we go again with this talk.
You're probably sick of hearing about the possibility of a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette and we certainly don't blame you. We wrote a lot about the idea last year. First it was that the rumors were complete crap. Then it was that maybe they weren't crap but that any new mid-engine GM car would be a Cadillac. Then we saw a nifty rendering of a mid-engine Corvette and our minds started racing again. Well, it's 2016 and the rumor mill is up and running once again courtesy of a report from Corvette Forum.
Citing an unnamed source, the outlet says a mid-engine Corvette will "likely" be confirmed in 2016. Yup, as in this year. The site claims power will come from a modified engine belonging to the LT1 or LT4 family. Gasoline direct injection will be used as will two turbos, with output checking in at 700 horsepower. Corvette Forum claims a seven-speed manual will be offered, which would be a bold move as the mid-engine Vette would compete with the new Ford GT. The latter offers a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Since the mid-engine Corvette will compete with the GT it will be priced accordingly, so expect it to cost around $400,000. So when in 2016 could such a car be announced? "As early as the L.A. Auto Show" is the only date given.
The Los Angeles Auto Show is in mid-November which isn't exactly early in the year. Now all the above is strictly speculation until confirmed by GM or at least until the source goes from unnamed to named. Still, GM seems to be feeling itself lately and may want to steal some of Ford's thunder. A mid-engine Corvette would certainly do just that. Rendering courtesy of BuzzArt.