The new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette has been spied undergoing testing on a proving track.
These slightly grainy photos were taken from afar, but seem to show a prototype vehicle using production body panels obscured by both camouflage wrap and a clip-on covering.
The photos give further credence to the long-standing rumour the next-generation sports car will switch from the front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout used by the Corvette thus far to a new mid-engine layout.
Said to be going into production in 2019, the new mid-engine Corvette will likely push the storied nameplate into new and uncharted price and performance waters.
Rumours indicate the mid-engine Corvette could be offered with the choice of three V8 engine options, one of which will be paired with an electric motor and offering all-wheel drive.
It’s believed the current seventh-generation Corvette will remain in production until around 2021.
Ever since Holden announced its plans to shutter its Australian factories by the end of 2017, and end production of its locally developed Commodore range, rumours have circulated the company will offer the Chevrolet Camaro or Corvette down under to keep its local rear-wheel drive enthusiasts within the GM fold.
Neither the current Camaro or Corvette are currently available in right-hand drive format.
Officials from GM have said Holden will offer a V8 model after the Commodore becomes a rebadged version of the front- and all-wheel Opel Insignia imported from Germany. Although the V8 Holden is said to “blow your socks off”, the company has yet to announce any details about this vehicle.