A Close Encounter with the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette
The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Is Front-and-Center at the 25th Anniversary of the NCM!
As many of you are aware, celebration activities are underway this week for the 25th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum. Caravans from across the nation arrived in Bowling Green on Wednesday, August 28th in preparation for the four day celebration, which will officially kick-off tomorrow. However, recognizing that thousands of Corvette owners and enthusiasts would be spending their time visiting the Museum today, the NCM had a couple of special surprises waiting for them, including an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the new 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette!
To say that the new Mid-Engine Corvette is “even better” in real life is an understatement. This newest Corvette is a beautifully refined re-imagining of the seventh-generation Stingray while also being a completely new platform unto itself.
For their part, Chevrolet has done an exceptional job of making this car accessible to the public via their “travelling showroom.” This exhibit not only houses an example of the mid-engine Corvette, but also allows prospective buyers and enthusiasts alike the opportunity to immerse themselves in the brand.
As you’ll see in the images that follow (below), there is a lot to love about this new Corvette. More than that, there is a lot that can be done to customize these newest iterations of America’s Favorite Sports Car to make it a truly unique driving experience aligned with the wants and desires of its operator.
The Mid-Engine Corvette – In Pictures
This first is a manufacturer’s car (driven down by one of the design/engineering team from Chevrolet in Detroit). It was parked in Lot “A” at the Corvette Museum amidst dozens of other Corvettes that were there as part of the National Corvette Caravan.
The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette on display at the National Corvette Museum. Image by Scott Kolecki, Corvsport.com
Closer to the Museum itself is the actual “Mobile Showroom.” Spectators were lined up to gain access to the showroom and to explore the new Mid-Engine Corvette in greater detail. However, for those that persevered the long line to gain access to the showroom, they were rewarded with another Mid-Engine Corvette – this one finished in Ceramic Grey.
This 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette (finished in Ceramic Grey) was on display just outside Chevrolet’s Mobile Showroom at the National Corvette Museum. Image by Scott Kolecki, Corvsport.com
Once inside the mobile showroom, the new Mid-Engine Corvette was fully opened up so that visitors could look beneath the hood, inside the cockpit and even in the trunk (the 2020 Corvette has two – one in the front of the car, and the other behind the engine.) More than just featuring the show car however, Chevrolet also showcased components of the car throughout the space – from optional seating configurations and paint colors to available steering wheels (leather or suede) and car wheels.
The newly designed seats modeled some of the ingenuity and vision that went into re-imagining the Chevrolet Corvette as a mid-engine variant. While these seats definitely carry over elements of the C7 (and arguably the later-model C6), they are also far more refined and purpose-driven than any seats that came before them.
Outside the showroom, there was still another mid-engine Corvette waiting – this one in Rapid Blue.