There have been people calling for it for years, the fabled mid-engine Corvette, AKA the Zora. The name “Zora” is simply another rumor itself, coming from the Corvette father, Zora Arkus-Duntov, who actually loved the mid-engine design. He helped GM create a number of mid-engine prototypes in the 1950s and ‘60s. The name would be an homage to him if it happens.  

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Rendering from Car and Driver.

Over the last several years, the world has been teased and tortured with renderings and whispers of the mid-engine Corvette. The development for the C7 version of the car was supposed to lead to a mid-engine car, but as we all know that didn’t happen.

Now, we’re hearing similar things for the C8 version of the Corvette. According to Motor Authority and several other publications, the mid-engine unicorn will bow at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but others think it won’t happen until 2019. Either way, we’re glad to hear that this dream may be coming true. The supercar for the masses may finally come with the engine layout we’ve always wanted it to.

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Rendering from Car and Driver.

Potential dates began swirling when a few grainy photos of what looks like a possible mid-engine Corvette prototype surfaced. If the photos are any indicator, the C8 mid-engine beast will be a low and wide sports car that resembles the C7 in some ways and GM’s other offerings in others.

If the mid-engine Corvette becomes a reality for the C8 version of the car, that means the C7 will be the last front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Corvette for at least a while. We’d expect at least one special edition of the car before it’s officially discontinued.

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