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Rumor no more: Mid-engined Corvette breaks cover

It looks as though a mid-engined Corvette will actually happen.

A new round of spy shots suggest that the world will finally get a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette.

It's been several decades in the making, but Car and Driver finally has some hard evidence that Chevy is moving forward with its oft-rumored mid-engined Corvette. The magazine recently spotted a mule on General Motors' testing grounds with all the signs of a mid-engined Corvette.

The front of the mule is borrowed for an Australian-market Commodore, with the center section of the car coming courtesy of today's C7 Stingray. More importantly, that cabin is position very close to the front axles, suggesting there isn't an engine under hood.

There is, however, plenty of room for a high-performance mill under the mule's elongated rear section. Side air inlets are further proof that this mule is motivated by an engine located mid-ship.

Wide fender flares and a large rear wing denote this test mule's high-performance chops.

Exact timing for the launch of Chevy's mid-engine Corvette remains unknown, but the car will likely be introduced as the C8 ZR1. Recent trademark filings also suggest that Chevy is working on a an all-out performance version of the C8 that will be sold as the Zora.

Power for both models could be provided by a small-displacement V8 with turbocharging technology.

Although just a guess at this point, the Chevrolet Corvette C8 could be ready in time for a late 2016 unveiling as a 2017 model year.

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