Should Chevrolet build a mid-engine Camaro?
With its mid-engine layout, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray represents the most significant design departure in the model's history. Fortunately, the gamble has paid off, as switching to a mid-engine layout has resulted in significant performance and handling improvements. But what if General Motors applied a mid-engine layout to some of its other sports cars like the Chevrolet Camaro? Render images have already shown us what a mid-engine Camaro could look like if it entered production, but this is by far the most convincing design we've seen yet.
Over on Instagram, 3D designer and animator Rostislav Prokop has posted a convincing-looking video showing off his mid-engine Camaro render that merges the front and rear fascia of the 2019 Camaro with the C8 Corvette. The amount of work that must have gone into this is commendable.
The video starts with the mid-engine Camaro starting up while parked on a driveway, allowing us to hear its 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine roar into life. After the startup, the camera pans around to the rear where the C8 Corvette's taillights have been replaced with the 2020 Camaro's taillights. The rendered Camaro adopts typical mid-engine supercar proportions with a much longer wheelbase, while the Camaro's long hood with a shorter one acting as the frunk.
While Chevrolet doesn't have any plans to build a mid-engine Camaro to slot below the C8 Corvette, it could be difficult to justify having two mid-engine performance cars in Chevrolet's lineup.
The future fate of the Chevrolet Camaro also looks uncertain. For the 2021 model year, the Chevrolet Camaro is getting some minor updates including a new exterior color, while the SS trim will be available with a 10-speed automatic transmission for the first time.
However, the muscle car's sales are still lagging behind its chief competitors, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, which means the Chevrolet Camaro may not be renewed beyond its current model lifecycle. Alternatively, it could be replaced by an electric sports car in 2023.