The Corvette C8 is still in the speculative top secret stage but it appears the release is imminent in the next 6-12 months. That would put the public release date somewhere in 2019.
We are still not convinced that the rumored Mid Engine vehicle is the C8 generation. We believe for several reasons that this does not fit the brand vision very well as a C8 generation. First GM has been trying to offer more Corvette options similar to the Porsche branding model. A flagship Mid Engine Corvette sits nicely in the Best model category.
The Mid Engine Corvette could compete against the Ford GT and not only win races but sales figures also. A Mid Engine Corvette with a third of the price compared to the Ford GT, that is punished on the track the Sunday before. This would leave the GT to be an overpriced non-podium finishing product. I can hear the noise now as Fords once mighty GT prices and audience hit the floor like a large bag of Dearborn potatoes!
A Mid Engine can carry the Corvette name and still live independent of the front engine cars and life cycle. GM has invested heavily in the plant in Bowling Green, KY and has increased the size of the plant substantially. So much so we speculate that some of this size increase is to handle maybe the additional Mid Engine assembly line. We also speculate it may have a more hands-on assembly process. Maybe a build your own experience similar to the engine build.
We expect the current C7 Corvette to be around for at least 3 more years and a Mid Engine Corvette out in 1 year.