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Old 06-28-2016, 12:42 AM
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Default 2019? Chevrolet Corvette C8

It's for real:

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/06/27/m...road-daylight/

Very grainy, but enough to prove that
a) It is a Corvette (at least it's testing with another Corvette and some other GM models)
b) It's probably mid-engine
c) It's a real car and not just some cobbled together mule

This is the automotive equivalent of seeing bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and a flying saucer all at the same time. A truly amazing achievement in spy photography captured from a mile away.
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:16 AM
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Isn't this crazy!?! Look, I'm almost 50 years old and I just knew this would never happen. This is like humans landing on Mars in my lifetime or something! Wow. I'm sort of speechless right now...
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:31 AM
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A truly amazing achievement in spy photography captured from a mile away.
Or GM simply created a staged leak to generate interest?
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:51 AM
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Or GM simply created a staged leak to generate interest?
Interesting thought, but I've never heard of an automaker building a one-off prototype (which can cost ~$1 million) for the sole purpose of appearing in grainy spy shots.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:28 PM
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Ok, I'll be that guy. How can anyone tell this is going to be mid-engine?
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:39 PM
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Interesting thought, but I've never heard of an automaker building a one-off prototype (which can cost ~$1 million) for the sole purpose of appearing in grainy spy shots.
Manufacturers stage leaks all the time.

I'm hoping this is a Zora to sit above the Stingray. Taking the Corvette mid-engined would be like making the 911 front engined.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:48 PM
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Manufacturers stage leaks all the time.

I'm hoping this is a Zora to sit above the Stingray. Taking the Corvette mid-engined would be like making the 911 front engined.
I agree. Corvette could easily be a multi-car marque.
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:52 PM
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Interesting thought, but I've never heard of an automaker building a one-off prototype (which can cost ~$1 million) for the sole purpose of appearing in grainy spy shots.
Didn't mean to imply it was a one-off SPECIFICALLY designed for publicity. But one article stated that there was a rumor that the mid-engined prototypes or mules or whatever were tested at night. Presumably that was to avoid them being photographed, right? So suddenly they test the car during the day and just happen to have some current gen Corvettes and a Cadillac so that anybody who just happens to be pointing their lens in the right direction from A MILE away (do spy photogs do that regularly?) happens to get the shot and knows that it's a mid-engined Corvette?

And, as Crash says, how can you *really* tell this is mid-engined? Yeah, it seems to have the right proportions. But how the photog not get a proper profile pic from a mile away? Was the track still so big from that distance that the profile couldn't be seen?

I assume someone from GM probably contacted the photog to say, "Hey, we're testing it during the day now. Make sure you get a shot...." GM starts the buzz, photog makes $. Everyone's a winner. ;)
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:36 PM
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There are some reports saying this is a Cadillac project.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:17 PM
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There are some reports saying this is a Cadillac project.
So it will drive brilliantly, have a horrible interior user interface, and will not sell, like, at all?
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