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Spied: Chevy's mid-engine Corvette grabs air

by Drew Johnson

The mid-engine Corvette is set to make its global debut next year.

Chevrolet is taking its Corvette nameplate to the extreme with a new mid-engine model, and today our spy photographers caught a test driver pushing a prototype of the new 'Vette to the extreme on Germany's Nurburgring.

We don't know too much about the mid-engine Corvette at this point, but it's clearly powerful enough to defy the laws of gravity. While piloting the upcoming Corvette around the Nurburgring, one test drive managed to send the mid-engine supercar soaring through the air.

It's unclear if the mid-engine Corvette will be branded as the C8, but it should make its debut sometime next year as a 2020 model. The C8, or whatever it ends up being called, won't be a direct replacement for the current C7, but rather a halo product for the Corvette nameplate. The C7 will serve as the entry point for the Corvette lineup until 2022, at which point it's expected to be replaced by a new front-engine, rear-drive model.

Initial reports suggested the mid-engine Corvette would be powered by a new twin-turbocharged V8 engine, but now Chevy's 6.2L LT1 V8 has been tipped as the car's most likely powertrain. A dual-clutch automatic is likely to be the only transmission on offer.

Chevrolet has trademarked the name 'E-Ray,' so it's also possible that a plug-in or even pure-electric version of the Corvette is in the works.

It remains unknown where and when Chevy plans to unveil its mid-engine Corvette, but the 2019 Detroit auto show seems like a safe bet.

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