The people of Knoxville and surrounding areas have been fairly adamant about their sentiments regarding the Corvette, and have let us know just how excited they are to see improvements and developments within the make. The very first convertible model was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953, and is currently manufactured nearby, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A new report last week from Automobile attempted to clear up a bit of the confusion regarding the 2019 models of Corvette. After many years of speculation, this beloved American sports car is slated to make the switch to a mid-engine configuration.
The C7 ZR1 is the car that is supposed to function as ringleader, and should have the ability to generate around 700 horsepower. The Drive claimed after its performance at Nurburgring that this model “will likely go down in the history books as one of the most spectacular American speed machines ever made”. The car was spotted completing the very difficult 12.9-mile course in just under . The C7 is likely to be sold alongside the C8 “Zora”, and both are expected to be marketed at 2019 models. The plan is to sell the two for a few years together, before the C7 is eventually laid to rest from production.
What many diehard fans are excited about is the fact that the C7 ZR1 is essentially the last standing chance at nabbing the coveted and iconic auto with a classically configured front engine, rear drive operation. This is the formula that has done very well for the brand for over 60 years, and the decision to switch engine types is a big one. The C8 Zora should have the strength and agility to go head-to-head with vehicles such as the Audi R8 and the McLaren 570S, while potentially being able to out-perform the legendary Porsche 911.
Selected as the official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500 a whopping 14 times, and Guy Fieri himself drove the Corvette C6 ZR1 during the 2012 race. As everyone at Chuck Hutton continues to provide sales and service for the legendary Corvette, many have asked us about a few other rumors that have recently come to light. Some have wondered whether the Corvette namesake may eventually become its own, and not be under the guise of GM ownership and guidance over the coming years. Even with the resources at our fingertips, we do not know if this is fully true, but we encourage you to stay tuned. Come pay us a visit soon at Chuck Hutton, and check out the wide selection of autos that will ebb at the days of fall, while keeping you jazzed to drive and enthused!