Almost everyone is talking about the new, mid-engine Corvette variant that will likely be the next-gen, C8 Corvette.
Recently, a panel of seasoned journalists sat down and discussed some of what we know, and THINK we know about this mysterious mid-engine car that has danced before our eyes for months. The show Autoline.tv frequently discusses issues surrounding the automotive manufacturing world. With so much going on within Corvette, it was just a matter of time before the subject came up during conversations.
The panel for this podcast is a list of seasoned journalists who have been in the industry a considerable number of years. Enthusiasts will recognize most of the names on this list. Accompanying Autoline.TV’s host, John McElroy, is journalist Don Sherman, Peter DeLorenzo from Autoextremist.com and Gary Vasilash, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Design & Production.
Various hot issues of the C8 Corvette were addressed. For those who hope that a front-engine variant would still be available once mid-engine production begins, Mr. Sherman concedes that he believes for now, there will be both engine placement options. But don’t dawdle on the ordering forms. That’s not a long-term plan for production.
For those who prefer to row their own gears, the outlook isn’t nearly as optimistic. No one on the panel even hinted that a standard transmission as we know it is on the books for the C8. Although, in keeping with Chevrolet’s value-for-dollar pricing of Corvette, both Sherman and DeLorenzo mention that starting price of the mid-engine variant should remain very close to what we see today. That said, Don Sherman allows that the initial offering of a mid-engine Corvette may use a push-rod engine to attain that level of buy-in.
All-in-all, the conversation based on what each panelist believes the next-gen Corvette will be, according to their experience. While that experience might be extensive, it is difficult to predict the future, especially when there isn’t sufficient precedent. No one can take away from these gentlemen’s experience within the auto industry, although some commenters willingly try to do so. One thing we know for sure, is that when the mid-engine car does finally arrive, it will be incredible, and the world will be waiting on the edge of their seats to see it. When might that happen? You can watch the video and listen as Don Sherman explains when and how he thinks it will all go down.