We've heard rumors for years. . And says it's happening in 2019. But that report includes another bit of information. Supposedly, the mid-engine Corvette is known internally as "Emperor."
Obviously, all mid-engine Corvette rumors need to be taken with a grain of salt, but if the mid-engine Corvette really is happening, and if it's actually codenamed "Emperor," then that's one heck of a nickname. It's far more grandiose than "King" or "Boss." But how significant is that name?
It's generally accepted that the Corvette's performance would take a huge leap forward if it switched to a mid-engine layout. The Detroit News thinks it'll be more in line with supercars like the Ferrari 488.
And in an email Bob Lutz told The Detroit News, he thinks there might even be a performance-hybrid version. Giving the mid-engine Corvette a 10-to-15-mile all-electric range "would only require a 5-kWh battery, or $1,300 at today's lithium-ion prices ( motors and control hardware). It would be enough to give it a 50 mpg city label, and the electric motors at the front would enable limited AWD capability."
So could the C8's codename be pointing to Chevrolet's intentions of turning the Corvette into a legitimate supercar? Is it actually coming in 2019? Are these all just wild rumors?
We're obviously still incredibly skeptical, but we have to say we're intrigued by the idea of an American-built supercar.