As the time of the mid-engine Corvette debut grows nearer, we have been treated to a leaked image of the cars interior. Based on what we can see from the photo, the layout of this eight generation car isn’t the only big leap forward for America’s sports car. We’re going to assume this is a Corvette with the Z51 package, based on the indicator stripe on the steering wheel, and aggressive black/red colors.
CorvetteForum.com originally posted the image.
Front and center in the shot is the previously reported square steering wheel, this time sporting a red band to mark the upright position. To the right of the wheel sits a much larger infotainment screen than the previous car, that is rotated towards the driver. The overall shape of the center stack carries on this same driver focused design, and is home to a new push button gear selector for the Corvette’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The hot topic of the mid-engine Corvette interior leak has to be the large section to the right of the infotainment screen, which is home to an assortment of buttons that house the climate controls. The vertical design of the stack is unique, and it is definitely better than digging through multiple infotainment screens to find these essential controls. People have been asking to bring buttons back into car interiors. Yet that hasn’t stopped some from feeling that Chevrolet missed the boat on this layout. It’s impossible to please everybody.
Overall, the interior looks like cockpit that is focused on driving. While the design is surely a step on from the previous generation, we will have to wait and see what the eight generation Corvette’s interior is like to live with until we can get our hands on one. Material quality is always a touchy subject with Corvette fans, and perhaps the mid-engine Corvette will make a step forward here as well.
The mid-engine Corvette will debut live tonight, and you can tune in to watch the new Corvette emerge via a livestream.