There are great news anytime a new Corvette is unveiled, but this will probably be the biggest change for the Corvette since the model was first introduced in 1953.
Puts the engine behind the driver and passenger – called a rear centered layout – places the heaviest part of the car as close as possible to the vehicle's absolute center. In this way, the car is balanced in handling, and is not particularly heavy at the front or rear. Having the engine more backward also helps with hard acceleration, as there is more weight to keep the rear wheels driving the car.
Corvette has long been a legitimate performance competitor, especially considering the relatively low price. Although far from cheap, the Corvette entry level starts at nearly $ 60,000 – its performance rivals for cars that cost six characters. But there is a limit to the ability of any car with a front-engined design, and apparently certain GM engineers finally found it time to do so.
"There is more potential in the middle platform when it comes to performance applications than it is in a front engine, that's for sure," says Travis Okulski, manager of Road & Track magazine.
The new medium-sized Corvette has been the subject of much speculation in the automotive press. GM finally confirmed that it would be unveiled this summer, publishing images of the car covered in black and white camouflage running toward New York's Times Square.
The new car has the potential to burn GM's image as a technical powerhouse that has long been the corvette's role, it is a "halo car" that brings people into Chevrolet showrooms, even though they will eventually buy something else, says Okulski, and this version one should generate even more interest.
"It also gives Chevrolet something that can play on the big stage with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, everyone," he said.