Here we have another take on the mid-engine Corvette, but this time with some very different side scoops.
The countdown is on. Soon will see the new C8 mid-engine Corvette without a speckled vinyl coat or any obscuring bits of plastic. On July 18th, 2019, history will be made as the first mid-engine Corvette ever (besides a few prototypes built in the ‘60s) takes a bow at a stand-alone event.
But that’s still almost two months away, and in the meantime, we have plenty of artist renderings to look at.
The latest comes courtesy of MidEngine Corvette Forum user fvs, who took a side-view 3D rendering from Chazcron and used it to show us two distinct possibilities regarding the C8’s side scoop.
The first image shows us a version of the side scoop that has a cover. This really makes it seem like the side air intakes are there to scoop in air like a giant vacuum cleaner. Note how it brings together the upper portion of the scoop and the side sills into one contiguous geometric shape. This is also the version that most closely resembles the spy photos we’ve seen so far.
Below that is another image that assumes the cover is actually a red herring that will be removed along with all the polka-dot camouflage on July 18th. Now the scoop is just two triangles that meet near the bottom and add to the Corvette’s angular, almost deadly-looking lines.
Either one of these images could very well turn out to be what the final Corvette looks like. We’ll have to wait and see.
All the rumors regarding the C8-gen Corvette point to it retaining the Stingray name and the 6.2-L V8 engine when it finally debuts. While that might be a little disappointing, future versions of the C8 will have a twin-turbo V8 engine and possibly even a hybrid powertrain with over 1,000 horsepower.
A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is also said to arrive in lieu of the current 8-speed automatic or 7-speed manual. We’ll find out for sure in July.