Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The new Chevrolet Corvette doesn’t look much like earlier versions of the classic American sports car.

With the engine in the middle instead of the front for the first time, it more resembles a Lamborghini, Lotus or McLaren race car. Engineers say they had to move the engine because they had reached the performance limits of a front-engine car.

The 2020 version was to be unveiled Thursday night at a World War II dirigible hangar in Orange County, California.

Engineers say it will perform far better than the current front-engine model and will be quieter on the road.

Although it looks more like a racer, they kept some of the old Corvette’s looks such as the tapered fastback rear and pointed shark-nose hood.

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