The C8 Corvette Will be Mid-Engine and it Will be Here in 2019.

I’m sure you’re getting fed up with all the mid-engine ‘Vette news, but hey where there’s smoke there’s fire, right?

Detroit News has it on good authority from “multiple sources familiar with the company’s planning” that GM will drop the mid-engine bomb in early 2019.

The uber ‘Vette is slotted to be the most radical car to come out of the program since the string of CERV concepts, starting with Zora’s own in 1960. Even more radical–the mid-engine Corvette will eventually be the only Corvette.

The sources, who requested anonymity, also said the current C7 Z06 and Grand Sport models would continue as is through to 2021 after the C8–codenamed “Emperor”– is unveiled in early 2018.

Furthermore, former employees say it’s of the worst kept secrets in town that Mark Reuss, GM’s global product development chief, wants one bad.

Their words, not mine.

Even Bob Lutz says it’s happening, telling Detroit News the program has been approved from as far back as 2007, but was shelved in ’09 due to bankruptcy.

“The program I got approved in ’07 was $900 million,” Lutz says, “and included a Cadillac XLR with a supercharged Northstar engine. If the current program is $800 million, I’d bet it includes a different-bodied Cadillac again as well.”

And, Bowling Green is scheduled to go under the knife for three months in mid-to-late 2017 for retooling…

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