This is likely the rumored mid-engine Corvette.
UPDATE: Jason Harding, Katech’s Director of Aftermarket Operations, responded to Motor1’s questions about the C8 listing on the company’s Website. “The web page is a placeholder for future product. I did it to create a little buzz, but it seems that it may be getting a little too much buzz right now as people are speculating that we have something to do with the LT5 which we do not. GM does that kind of development all in house now,” he wrote to us in an email.
There’s little doubt that Chevrolet is considering something big for the Corvette’s future, but the Website for an engineering and performance company might give us a hint at what to look for, according to Motor Authority. Katech is a company with a history in motorsports, including working with General Motors on the Corvette C6.R GT1, Cadillac CTS-V.R in the SCCA World Challenge, and other projects. Now, the firm has a listing for the “C8 Corvette ZR1/Zora" online with the description “in development.”
The page has a few intriguing clues on it. For example, the site shows the model year as 2018+, which fits with rumors about the mid-engine Corvette. According to this info, the engine is the LT5, which GM doesn’t currently offer. The last time the company used that moniker was the 5.7-liter overhead-cam V8 in the C4 generation Corvette ZR-1.
Even if this page is just a placeholder, it seems odd to create a listing for a vehicle that doesn’t yet officially exist. Motor1 reached out to Katech for more information.
The page seems to be more evidence that Chevy intends to build a Corvette that might have a mid-mounted engine and performance above the current Z06. Spy shots allegedly showed an early development mule in January 2015, and a new batch recently caught a more complete vehicle on the test track. The model’s plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, also received over $700 million for technology upgrades and a new paint shop. Rumors have indicated a possible debut for the C8/ZR-1/Zora at the 2017 North American International Auto Show this January in Detroit, and speculation suggested the current ‘Vette would remain in production for at least a little while after the next one hits the scene.