What Does a Mid-Engine Chevy Corvette Mean?

So, you may have heard some rumors lately about the highly-anticipated mid-engine Chevy Corvette. The mid-engine Corvette has been rumored to happen for quite some time now, and Corvette enthusiasts have been infatuated with the possibility for for decades. Well, the rumors have been ramping up lately... and if spy cam photos tell us anything, it looks like it’s finally happening. For real this time.

But what exactly is a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette? What does that mean? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you came to the right place. We’re here to break it down for you and give you the heads up about what a mid-engine car is, and what it means for GM to be making one.

Most cars on the road today, about 98%, are what we call “front-engine” cars. That means exactly what you think it means — the car’s engine is located in the front of the vehicle. Pretty self-explanatory, right? Now, if all you’re doing is driving a few miles to and from the office every day, a front-engine is all you need. But if you’re chasing killer capability and performance, or you like to spend time on the racetrack, a mid-engine might just be your dream.

As you may have guessed, a mid-engine car has the engine mounted between both axles, right in the middle of the vehicle behind the driver and passenger. It drives all four road wheels to create more traction and stability. It can accelerate incredibly fast and maintain stability without the risk of over-steering. You may have heard of a few other cars that have a mid-engine, like the Ferrari and Lamborghini.

This will be the biggest change to the Chevrolet Corvette since the appearance of the eight-cylinder engine in 1955. Based on what we know so far, we expect the ‘vette to arrive sometime next year as a 2019 model of the C8 Corvette. Everyone’s favorite sports car is about to burst through the glass ceiling of popularity, and we could not be more excited to watch it happen.

This is definitely no ordinary Corvette. Of course, the first thing you’ll notice is how different it looks. It should still be recognizable as a Corvette right away because of the trademark styling, but the proportions will be different as a result of the new layout.

The biggest change, of course, is all about performance. There is a limit to how much power a front-engine supercar can harness, and there’s a limit to how much cornering grip it can get. With the engine placed in the middle, weight distribution will be optimized with turning and cornering capabilities improving significantly. This car is a fantasy that we just might witness turn into reality.

What do you think about the possibility of a 2019 mid-engine Chevy Corvette? This is history in the making — are you as excited as we are? Keep your eyes peeled for that cover to drop! In the meantime, you can check out all the current Corvettes we have available through Steve Landers Auto Group

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