The Corvette – the oldest sports car in America – for a radical change

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By Dennis Romero

The world of supercars is dominated by brands on the other side of the pond: Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren. The Chevrolet Corvette has always been a more ambitious challenger with an Achilles heel that prevents world domination: its engine mounted at the front is in the wrong place.

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, announced last night that the next generation of Corvette would be unveiled, confirming that the oldest sports car in the United States was about to get a much-awaited upgrade – a mid-engine placement that would put him in the same league as these European rockets.

(Some fans of the Ford Mustang, sold for the first time in 1964, say it's the oldest American sports car, because the Corvette, first available in 1953, jumped the year 1983 to facilitate the development of a new generation.Calling the Mustang, a four-seater coupe, a sports car, is debatable, however).

Barra, speaking Friday at an event in New York to honor families of first responders killed on 9/11, did not say outright that the engine would be placed behind the driver, but she appeared with a camouflaged ninth-generation Corvette that has the short nose and long rear of a typical mid-engined vehicle.

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