The Corvette with its centrally located engine will be a completely new model in the Chevrolet range.
Some time ago we wrote that the Corvette we know and a completely new version with a centrally located motor will be offered at the same time. It is now known that in the model range they will be completely two cars with completely different names.
According to Mid Engine Corvette Forum users, Chevrolet patented Zora name some time ago in the markets where it currently sells Corvette.
Zora is a special name for Corvette enthusiasts. It comes from the name of Chevrolet’s chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, who was responsible for developing the first generation of the model. In 1964, he created the first Corvette prototype with a centrally located engine because he believed that this was the way the engine should be placed in this car. Unfortunately, the project has never been approved for serial production.
The Chevrolet Zora will make its debut next year and will have a completely new look and a new chassis. Unlike its predecessors, the Zora will have a centrally located engine and a twin turbocharger. Leaks speak about a 4.2-litre V8 engine that will generate 650 hp. The drive will be transmitted to the rear axle via a 2-clutch automatic transmission or a classic 6-speed manual transmission.
It has been reported that in the future there will also be a more powerful version of the Chevrolet Zora equipped with a 5.5-litre V8 engine with dual turbocharging and generating 850 hp of power. In the case of this model, customers are to receive only the automatic transmission.
Spy photos of the new model can be seen for several years, and recently a racing version marked with the nickname “R” was caught during the tests. American journalists expect the road version to be presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in mid-January 2019.