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Is this the mid-engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette?

We think it's the real thing.

The mid-engined, eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most hotly-anticipated new cars of the year. It's scheduled to make its public debut in July 2019, but a low-resolution spy shot taken in what looks like a General Motors testing facility may have revealed the car's rear end ahead of schedule.

Posted on Instagram by user Absoluthank, the photo shows a muscular-looking rear end with a rather busy design. To us, it looks like a blend of styling cues borrowed from the seventh-generation Corvette and the Camaro. Vents chiseled into the bumper let hot air escape the engine bay, while the V8 breathes through quad square-shaped exhaust pipes.

The user who posted the photo didn't reveal whether he took it himself (and, if so, where), or if someone sent it to him. Chevrolet hasn't commented on the leak, either. It's grainy, but we're inclined to say it shows the real thing. The car's front end remains under wraps.

The eighth-generation Corvette should have made its debut in early 2019, but Chevrolet delayed the introduction to give its engineers time to fix key issues. An earlier report highlighted three significant problems uncovered during testing: an electrical problem, an issue with the body's rigidity, and an unspecified point of contention opposing test drivers and designers. It sounds like all of these points have been addressed, and the car remains on track for a July 18 unveiling.

Production of the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette will begin in Bowling Green, Kentucky, before the end of 2019. The model will begin arriving in showrooms in early 2020. Pricing information hasn't been revealed yet, but we expect it will cost more than the outgoing, seventh-generation car, which starts at $55,900.

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