This Might Be Another Genuine Mid-Engine Corvette Leak: Video

The Photo Is Blurry, But There Are Reasons To Believe It’s Real

As the countdown continues towards its big reveal, each day seems to yield another mid-engine Corvette leak of some kind. The latest comes from a YouTube video from user “Street Speed 717,” and while the upload appears to be otherwise just another video from just another enthusiast, the host claims that it’s a photo of the real car. The image was cropped out to not give away any clues as to where the photo was taken, but judging by the all-white backdrop, it appears that the 2020 C8 Corvette was in the middle of a photo shoot. The photo pops up just before the 7-minute mark of the video.

Here are a couple of reasons to believe that this is indeed another mid-engine Corvette leak, and not a rendering:

  1. The color seems to match exactly to the image of the rear fascia that hit the internet on Sunday. Sources have confirmed that it’s the real thing in that photo.
  2. If it was a rendering, it would be silly to make the photo as blurred as it is. All other CGI renderings on the internet thus far are crystal clear.
  3. The design cues, down to the mirrors, all seem to match what we see from camouflaged prototypes spied testing around the Nurburgring, and elsewhere.

The reveal of the C8 is in just eight days. It would be nice to not have a full mid-engine Corvette leak before then. It might be good for the sensationalism, but it really kills the hype. And we already know a lot, as outlined by our 2020 Corvette guide. Highlights include an entry small block LT2 V8 engine that’s naturally aspirated and closely related to the C7 LT1 V8 engine, improved vehicle dynamics despite the added size and weight, and an expected MSRP not too far from where the current generation Corvette Grand Sport currently sells at.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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