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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Mid Engined Corvette (possibly) Spotted!!

Yesterday I was driving up M5 and noticed a very low sitting OE tiger striped, camouflaged car... As I got closer, it appeared to look like a Ferrari....however, when we rolled to the stop light, I saw that it appeared to be the new C8 mid-engined Corvette. Chevy sticker on the laptop was also a dead giveaway. It had the notorious round taillights....and something I found very interesting. The exhaust was actually set directly behind the front wheel. Obviously they still haven't worked out the plumbing...but it was mid engine'd and appeared to have Corvette style rear fascia and lights. I only had sight of it for about 8 seconds and it quickly turned right on 13 Mile Road.... There are a lot of suppliers in that area...so I figured one of the suppliers was working on something for it. And I was extremely pressed for time, or I would have chased him as I was in my Scat Charger....

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Yep. Those Corvettes are nice cars.

I'm still in love with the Opel (Sky) I already own.

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Exhaust directly behind the front wheels? Every picture I've seen shows them at the two rear corners, like the one pictured here, but you never know until it hits the dealer.
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Ghost, I'm not sure what you saw but I don't believe it was the C8 Corvette. I have followed this car daily for the last year or so and I have never seen the exhaust where you mentioned or the round taillights.

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Exhaust directly behind the front wheels?
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I guess I wasn't clear enough. You could tell that the exhaust was not meant to be there. However, it was just behind the front wheels. I'm pretty sure it was for testing purposes and probably seeing how many cats it would take to clean the air.... It was crude and was obviously not meant to be there. Thus my statement that they "hadn't figured out the plumbing yet". And yes, it was a C8. Same rear as what Taz posted. I don't know how up on social media you guys all are, but it's been spotted quite a bit here in Detroit on the roads this last week. At least 5 times that I've read about all in different areas.... GMs worst kept secret!!

EDIT: After looking at Taz's pic, the one I saw sat a lot lower in the rear. It also seemed wider at the rear end, more Testarossa like.... But you could clearly see the oval tail lights through the masking. And it was rear engined....

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........ And it was rear engined....
I assume that you meant mid-engined...

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Maybe just dealing with a lot of words and their meanings, but it really behooves most common sense when a vehicle in a design stage is seen with an expected mid-engine design with the the exhaust appearing out behind the front wheels. (did note the comment about the 'how many cats')

Sure would be interesting to hear what and how that decision came down. Maybe gravity and thrust have nothing to do with exhaust in design phases. Just an appearance thing.

My Corvette owner friend is absolutely sure the mid-engine is a sure thing for 2020.....SURE!
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Maybe just dealing with a lot of words and their meanings, but it really behooves most common sense when a vehicle in a design stage is seen with an expected mid-engine design with the the exhaust appearing out behind the front wheels. (did note the comment about the 'how many cats')

Sure would be interesting to hear what and how that decision came down. Maybe gravity and thrust have nothing to do with exhaust in design phases. Just an appearance thing.

My Corvette owner friend is absolutely sure the mid-engine is a sure thing for 2020.....SURE!
It's just another one of those "disguise the car" kind of things, like the zebra paint jobs and the camoflage canvas covers and, and, etc.



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It's just another one of those "disguise the car" kind of things, like the zebra paint jobs and the camoflage canvas covers and, and, etc.

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Sure enough, Dave. Just never occurred to me, but that would be it. Must have over-analyzed the idea, .
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Sure enough, Dave. Just never occurred to me, but that would be it. Must have over-analyzed the idea, .
Reminds me of when I was scouting the then new show Sky that was making the rounds of the Saturn Dealers in 2006, and I was carrying a weak magnet in my pocket, only to discover that the show car had fiberglass front and rear panels.



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I can now confirm, GM will be building a C8...

That is all I can say.

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I do not claim to be a GM representative, all of my postings are my own interpretation and personal opinions.

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I can now confirm, GM will be building a C8...

That is all I can say.
And it will be introduced on July 18, 2019:

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There was another picture with Mary Barra and the C8, but I didn't save it and now I can't find it.

Edit: Well, that wasn't too difficult:



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