This certainly isn’t the first time that there have been rumors of a mid-engine Corvette swirling around, but with all of the bold changes taking place at GM, it might just happen this time around. Beginning with the introduction of the C6 Corvette Zr1, and then continuing with the critically acclaimed C7 Corvette Stingray, Chevy is clearly playing for keeps. The cars that are now being produced by Chevrolet are made by people that love cars, and it shows. With car lovers running things, I’m confident the mid-engine Zora will be produced.
One theory is that the car will be released as a C8 model, but be produced concurrently with the C7 Stingray and Z06 models. In this scenario, the new Zr1 would sit above the two existing models and cost around $150,000. Expensive, but still half the price of a Ferrari. To put the price in perspective, think about this: some are speculating that the new 2017 Ford GT could cost anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000.
Part of the speculative fun is imagining what the Corvette Zora Zr1 might look like. A couple of months ago, Car and Driver released a few renders. The front of that car took styling cues from the current Stingray, but the rear looked more like a GT-R mixed with a Lamborghini. Now, Automobile Mag has contributed their own render to the discussion. In their vision of what the C8 Corvette Zora Zr1 might look like, the car takes heavy inspiration from the C7 Stingray, but with the engine simply shifted to the rear.
I personally love this design, and I think it makes sense if Chevy is trying to expand the Corvette brand beyond the traditionally small range of models that have been offered. I could absolutely see the Corvette name becoming more of an umbrella brand that encompasses a half dozen or more models with a wide range of pricing. What do you think of these renders?