The upcoming mid-engined Corvette could retail for about US$150,000 when it hits production following a Chicago Auto Show debut in February, if recent rumours can be believed.

The new info comes from YouTuber Mike Davenport, the “Louisville Chevy Dude,” who also speculates the current C7-gen ZR1 is not being offered after 2019 specifically to make room for the mid-engined C8.

Davenport, a Chevrolet dealer, won’t name his sources, but it is known that GM let dealers in on some information about the upcoming car back in April.

Contrary to most outlets’ reporting, Davenport says the C8 will probablynot be revealed at the Detroit auto show in January, but will instead be seen in Chicago in February, due to problems he won’t discuss in order to protect his source.

The YouTuber says the C8 will be priced at US$149,995, which seems a little insane considering the base ZR1 only costs US$111,000; and the bottom-of-the-line Stingray has a base MSRP of US$59,950. The C8 had better have some pretty serious mojo to justify that cost.

It’s possible Davenport is misinformed, or was given false information from Chevrolet and his sources.

A mid-engined Corvette is potentially the most anticipated car in the automotive industry, with designs dating back to the late ’60s that, so far, have never come to fruition.

Things like body panels, engine designs and suspension systems have already been leaked and shown around the internet, so we really aren’t surprised by the car’s existence any more.

Chevy: please just release the damn thing already and let a Porsche beat it on the Nurburgring. Then we can all go back to bed.

Source: Driving

December 5, 2018