Should Chevy Build a Mid-Engined Corvette Hypercar? [w/Poll]
We heard a rumor earlier in the week that Chevy might be considering a mid-engine layout for its new Corvette ZR1. That rumor comes via Motor Trend, and, while we take it with a grain of salt, there is some history to back it up. After all, the idea of a mid-engined Corvette has been around since 1959. The question is, can it be successful in the market? So, let’s start from the bottom and find out (clink on the links to see more): Corvette Stingray
A brand new, bone stock Corvette Stingray will set you back $51,995. And that’s good for 455 horsepower from a 6.2-liter V8. It’s a fine sportscar with a pretty cheap starting price — at least in comparison to some of its rivals (ie: Porsche 911, Audi R8).
But it can be a little too soft to call itself a premium coupe. So where do you go from there if you want to stay in the Corvette lineup?
Ah, when the standard Stingray isn’t enough, buyers can opt for the high-performance Z06. There’s even a convertible one, too. What you get then is a 650 horsepower supercharged V8, with new aerodynamics, a stiffer suspension, and a better gearbox. It’s America’s super coupe.
The really strange thing with the new Z06, though, is that it gets more power than even the outgoing ZR1. Interesting, considering the ZR1 is supposed to be the top-of-the-line performance variant for the Corvette. That could either mean a new ZR1 isn’t happening or it’s going to be completely bonkers.
Corvette ZR1 (?)
And it brings us to our final point — the Corvette ZR1. With the Z06 already pumping out 650 horsepower, that means the ZR1 could reach stratospheric heights in power. Could we see a P1 and 918 rivaling Corvette with 900+ horsepower? Could it use a hybrid, mid-engined drivetrain? We don’t know.
What we do know, though, is that if Chevy does decide to build an almighty ZR1, we really hope they gun for the big boys. Do it for America.
Tell us what you think — should Chevy build a McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 rivaling hypercar? Vote here or tell us in the comments below.