GM has finally confessed to the worst-kept secret in the history of Detroit — the next Corvette will be a mid-engined supercar designed to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. GM has hinted at a mid-engine Corvette since 1959 with the CERV I, or Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, up through the CERV III concept from 1990. But this time it's real, the full reveal happens July 18, 2019, and production is expected to begin in the fall of this year. While anything ahead of the unveiling is strictly conjecture, it's been widely reported that the base model will pack a twin-turbo 5.5-liter DOHC flat-crank V8 making 600 to 800 horsepower depending on the model, and a hybrid all-wheel-drive system making 1,000. While some may grumble, if the Corvette wants to stay relevant it needed to change — and building the ultimate mid-engine Vette is the best way to do it.