2020 Chevrolet Corvette (mid-engined)
The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette rumors have been circulating around for so long that it’s practically impossible to discern their origin now. It was the “father of the Corvette” Zora Arkus-Duntov’s dream to create one ever since he started transforming the original docile ‘Vette into the high-performance sports car that it is today. However, his dream car has never materialized despite the fact he’d created the mid-engined XP-882 concept in 1969 – one that would later adopt the Aerovette name. 50 years after the Aerovette and almost 25 years after Arkus-Duntov’s death, the mid-engined Corvette is finally set to see the light of day. Considering people have always held high expectations for it, some of them might be disappointed by the final product. Mid-engined or not, the ‘Vette will always be a relatively obtainable sports car, and not a composite-material-made supercar. Moreover, the upcoming mid-engined version should be slightly heavier than the current FMR layout Corvette, but that should easily be offset by its sheer power.
Speaking of which, the initial 2020 mid-engined Corvettes will likely be powered by a version of the 6.2L LT1 V8 engine tied to an 8-speed dual-clutch Tremec automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Good enough for around 500 horsepower, these initial mid-engined ‘Vettes should be faster than their current counterparts. It’s further down the road that’s even more interesting, however. The future mid-engined Corvettes have a very good chance of actually becoming a true supercar. Especially after the electrification process takes a full swing and GM decides to allow the ‘Vette to go hybrid. The combination of a small-block V8 and an electric motor or two should help the mid-engined Corvette reach its full potential and become the most powerful ‘Vette to date. But that’s still some ways down the road. For now, we should be glad that Zora Arkus-Duntov’s mid-engined Corvette dream has finally become a reality.