It is great news every time a new Corvette is introduced, but this will represent, perhaps, the biggest change for the Corvette since the model was first introduced in 1953.
Put the engine behind the driver and the pbadenger, called rear center engine design, places the heaviest part of the car as close as possible to the absolute center of the vehicle. In this way, the car is balanced in its handling, and is not particularly heavy in the front or rear. Having the engine more towards the rear also helps during strong acceleration, as there is more weight to hold the rear wheels that drive the car.
The Corvette has long been a competitor of legitimate performance, especially considering its relatively low price. While it is far from cheap, the entry-level Corvette starts at almost $ 60,000, its performance rivals that of cars that cost six figures. But there is a limit to the capabilities of any car with a frontal design and, obviously, GM engineers decided that it was finally time to make that change.
"There is more potential in the central engine platform in terms of performance applications than in a front-engined car, that's for sure," said Travis Okulski, editor-in-chief of Road & Track magazine.
The new central engine Corvette has been the subject of much speculation in the automotive press. GM finally confirmed that it would be unveiled this summer, launching photos of the black-and-white camouflage-covered car that drove into Times Square in New York.
The new car has the potential to further polish GM's image as an engineering power, which has long been the role of the Corvette. It's a "halo car" that takes people to the Chevrolet showrooms even if they end up buying something else, Okulski said, and this version 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.