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Mid-engine Corvette C8 'Zora ZR1' on track for 2017?

Mid-engine Corvette C8 'Zora ZR1' on track for 2017?

by Justin King

Radical new design to be aimed at foreign supercars, with price tag to match.

General Motors is allegedly on track to finally introduce a mid-engine Corvette for the 2017 model year.

The C8 generation is expected to be introduced as the ZR1 Zora, consistent with a recent trademark filing and an apparent reference to the late GM engineer and Corvette pioneer Zora Arkus-Duntov, according to a Car and Driver report.

The mid-engine layout is viewed as a necessary jump as GM engineers continue to improve power output and performance specs. The iconic sports car can also take on a new shape aimed directly at foreign supercars.

The company is expected to carry over the existing engine lineup, albeit with necessary upgrades for increased horsepower and torque. Boosted six-cylinder variants and a hybrid model are said to be under consideration in the long-term.

The latest report suggests the C8 ZR1 will initially be limited to approximately 1,500 units annually, each carrying a price tag around $150,000 and sold alongside the C7 lineup.