As has been the course of history, now that there are rumors of a new Corvette model appearing in a year or two, so are there rumblings that it will be mid engine. Expectations of mid-mounted engines wrapped in fiberglass and sporting the vaunted name taken from a light battle cruiser have for years been driven by show cars that were rumored to presage a production Corvette wilder than imagined. Of course none has ever come to fruition.
From 1970’s potential Pantera fighter, XP-882 to the twin Wankel XP-897GT with its Pininfarina-built body and obvious nod towards buildability, and the much later Corvette Indy, Chevy has taunted Corvette lovers with images of mid-mounted engines and pushed-forward cabins. Today, the rumors have started anew that Chevy might offer the 2012 or 23 ‘Vette with its engine behind the driver’s back, like the world’s most expensive leaf blower. But would that be a Corvette?
Chevy’s sports car has been around for nearly six decades, and one thing that has remained constant is that the Corvette maintains certain emblematic qualities, one of which has been having its engine out in front. That has allowed for another of the ‘Vette’s trademark elements – the long hood, short deck and powerful haunches styling that defines the breed. A mid engine placement requires a total re-think of the body look, making for a car that, while potentially shark-nosed and in possession of quad round tail lamps, may not have what one considers a righteous Corvette vibe. Or maybe it would just take some getting used to.
What do you think, should tradition and easy engine access be honored, keeping the next ‘Vette front-engined? Or, should the Corvette be set free to fulfill its destiny as a true exotic, and move its engine to the middle of the road?
Image source: [Conceptcarz]
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