Chevrolet’s next Corvette ZR1 will reportedly be mid-engined, making it the first Corvette to switch to the recognised ‘supercar’ layout.
A report from Motor Trend quotes “multiple sources” as confirming the switch to a mid-engined set-up. The plan, if true, is to boost the Corvette’s performance and handling.
While a mid-engined Corvette has been in the rumour mill for decades, and had been firming under Bob Lutz before GM went into bankruptcy, Chev is reportedly looking at creating two separate lines and two separate platforms - one for the C7, the other for the C8, both selling side-by-side.
The 2016 Camaro is set for an “evolutionary design”; if these reports are correct, it would sit as a 'lower-priced' model with a conventional front-engine layout.
Adding to the intrigue is a separate report earlier this year suggesting there would be no ZR1 replacement.
Instead, Chev is considering making the switch to a mid-engined car at a premium price, and offering a new level of performance - like in Ferrari territory - for the ZR1's replacement.
The US carmaker almost made a mid-engined Corvette in 1964, and was also believed to have been working on a mid-engined Corvette before the onset of the Global Financial Crisis. The plans were shelved when parent company General Motors declared ‘chapter 11’ bankruptcy.
The report says Chev trademarked the name “Zora” in June this year, suggesting the ‘father of the Corvette’, Zora Arkus-Duntov, may be honoured in a future model.
Will a new model feature the Zora name, or indeed, a mid-engined layout? Stay tuned.