Check out the BRAND NEW Mid- Engine Chevrolet Corvette.
This all-new Corvette is momentous, as this Corvette is the FIRST Mid-Engine Corvette in history.
First of all, ike its front-engined predecessor, its power comes from a 6.2-liter pushrod V-8 with the same bore spacing as the original small-block V-8 from 1955. Dubbed the LT2, this engine's fundamental geometry and most of its internals remain the same as the LT1's. Total output with the Performance exhaust is now 495 horsepower with 470 lb-ft of peak torque at 5150 rpm. The rev limiter remains at 6600 rpm.
Secondly, there's no manual transmission. It's not even an option. For the C8, the automatic isn't a two-speed like the 50’s Corvette but rather it's an eight-speed dual-clutch made by Tremec. The C8's DCT can be shifted manually, but shifts are done wholly by wire. By removing the mechanical connection, the center tunnel can be completely enclosed to increase structural strength.
Initially, the C8 will be offered in three distinct flavors.
- FE1 is the base configuration. It's built to be a great everyday driver that's accessible to buyers who don't need a hero engineered into their shock absorbers or the ultimate adhesion of summer-only tires.
- FE3, which includes the Z51 Performance package (including an electronic limited-slip differential, larger brake discs, and summer tires) but retains conventional shocks.
- FE4 which builds on the FE3 kit with the magic of magnetorheological adaptive dampers. Think of it as a ladder from easygoing to kind-of-awesome to gentlemen-start-your-engines.
The base C8 is still being called the Stingray and there are familiar elements on the exterior. The front fenders still come to a peak, there's a center spear across the nose, and the hind end swells out and then tucks in.
Personally, I find this new Corvette sexy. The older generation might think its sacrilegious but its something they just have to live with.