That engine will be linked to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and will power the Z-51 track version of the auto from a standing start to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds, according to Corvette executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter. Over the model's decades-long existence, the brand has created at least a half-dozen Corvette concept vehicles in which the engine was placed in this location.
Video that showed the new 'Vette's two cargo compartments - one in the nose, one behind the engine - holding two golf bags or a five-piece luggage set that was created to fill the previous model's roomy hatchback.
With a 495 horsepower, V8 engine and dual clutch, the Corvette will go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds, executives said, adding that the starting price in the United States will be less than $60,000. Engineers say they had to move the engine because they had reached the performance limits of a front-engine vehicle.
The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the first mid-engine version in the model's history, and promises supercar performance at a bargain basement price less than $60,000. The new Corvette comes with a custom-designed fast-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with two tall top gears.
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On the other end of the spectrum from the gray car's subdued look, the other Corvette is bright blue and has its roof panel off. More of it. Relocating the drivetrain to the middle of the vehicle means better braking, acceleration and handling.
The new Corvette, internally coded by General Motors (Chevrolet's parent company) as the C8, dispenses with much of this tradition. The door handles and hatch and hood releases have been designed for a cleaner appearance by hiding them into the car's exterior, which has also been engineered for improved aerodynamics, Chevy said.
Production of the C8 will take place in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Edmunds analyst Jessica Caldwell said the Corvette gives General Motors a sorely needed shot in the arm after a hard year.