The Corvette, while a fantastic sports car, hasn’t changed much in the last couple of decades. That might be changing, especially if the leaked CAD images of a new mid-engine Corvette turn out to be legitimate. Check out what these designs are hiding and find out why we’re so excited about this potential change in the ‘Vette’s design.
The Corvette C8
This new generation of Corvette seems to have a lot of features that fans of the model have been requesting for a long time, including:
- Coil springs and what appears to be magnetic shocks or some other form of high-end shocks.
- Bolt on half-shafts so you don’t have to drain the transmission to replace the shafts anymore.
- Powerful upgraded transaxle.
- Upgraded oil filter location — much easier to access!
The engine itself looks like a LT1, the powerful 6.2L V8 that was first introduced in the seventh-gen Corvette Stingray. The alternator has been moved when compared to older models, though we’ve got no idea yet if this will make it easier or harder to replace in the final design.
There are some design flaws that we’ve been complaining about for a long time. For one, Chevy still hasn’t transitioned the Corvette to a unibody construction. It’s probably going to be a similar frame design to the previous incarnations of the vehicle.
The side skirts are also still using the awful mechanical fasteners that are extremely expensive to repair/replace if they’re damaged.
It also doesn’t look like this design is supposed to support a turbo but that may be added later once the designs are finalized.
While there has been no official word from GM as to whether these leaked images are real or not, someone is making it a point to delete the picture from the web wherever possible — the original poster on the Corvette forums had his images deleted from the forums, and they were deleted from Imgur as well. Someone doesn’t want these pics out on the net, which makes us think that this is an actual leak and not an elaborate hoax. Time will tell though!