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Here Is Our Best Look Yet At The Possible Mid-Engine Corvette

All image credits: KGP Spy Photography
All image credits: KGP Spy Photography

Mid-engine Corvette, mid-engine Corvette, the chants drone on and on. And like how pictures of Bigfoot keep turning up every so often, so do photos of the mid-engined wonder. Except this time they look pretty legitimate, especially since it was playing with a bunch of other Corvette prototypes.

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For comparison, here’s a supposed C7 Corvette ZR1 that was also caught testing next to the mid-engined mule. You can tell by the proportions that the camoed car is bulkier in its mid-section—a tell-tale sign of the engine placement. Does it look like an old Gallardo? Kinda.

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It’s worth mentioning, though, that while the mule captured in the spy photos definitely looks mid-engined, there’s no promise that it’s actually a Corvette under all the masking. Remember that Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen said in August that “We ARE planning a Cadillac flagship which will NOT be a 4 door sedan.”

As Chevrolet has been extremely tight-lipped about the whole ordeal, there isn’t much solid information regarding the mid-engine Corvette, or a mid-engined anything. But! We learned in June that GM was spending $290 million to upgrade the Corvette plant in Kentucky. That seemed pretty telling.

We also learned that it probably won’t get a manual, though. Does that surprise you at all? If the mid-engine Corvette is designed to go toe-to-toe with European exotics like Ferraris and Lamborghinis, shifting gears probably isn’t a top priority here.

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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iamabefroman
I'm Abe Froman

My friend works at the Corvette plant and told me they have shut down the plant for several weeks. He has heard they are tooling up to produce a Cadillac XLR. This would make sense after reading this article. Especially from a branding standpoint - Cadillac would be the badge to put on a GM halo car & Corvette lovers would revolt over such a drastic shift from what they are familiar with.