For over half a century there has existed a force deep inside GM’s Milford Proving Grounds that wants to build a supercar with a mid-mounted V8. Zora Duntov was Corvette’s Chief Engineer for the C1 to C3 generations (1953 to 1982), and he built several prototypes with Big Block V8 power and All Wheel Drive. His dreams always played second fiddle to GM’s corporate bean counters, so it never came to fruition. The 2017 Grand Sport is a signal to many that the C7 is entering middle age, and that means development of the C8 is well underway. As with each new generation, enthusiasts and journalists love to speculate about a Corvette with power behind the driver.
Car & Driver is not afraid to speculate on future models, and a recent post on their blog suggests that mid-engined Vette will debut in 2018. After due diligence with Michigan’s DMV, they found that GM owns two Ferrari 458 Italias along with a Porsche 911 Turbo and Nissan GT-R. While its standard procedure for automakers to reverse engineer their competition, but it seems they have a fascination with rear-engined models. We have had several flavors of the latest Stingray and Z06 to play with, and our showroom currently has a Porsche GT3 RS, 918 Spyder and a Ferrari 458.
The simple truth is that moving the aluminum V8 to the rear would only open the Corvette to a new customer base. As far as performance it would offer more grip than any Corvette ever has; which might backfire for the brand. Since 1997 Corvette’s transmission has been mounted behind the cockpit which offers a near perfect weight distribution.
One of Corvette’s best features is that it communicates well with the driver. You know when the car has reached its limits. A rear engined Corvette would not be so forgiving, which would inevitably offend many purists. Tell us what you think of these rumors, and if you would buy one in the comments below. Stay tuned to Autofluence for more Corvette news.