The midengine Chevrolet Corvette has shed some camouflage for winter testing.
New spy photos show the closest and clearest images yet of the highly anticipated sports car.
The Corvette's rear features four rounded, square exhaust pipes flanking the left and right rear of a lower vent that's likely designed to allow air from the engine bay to exit the vehicle. The rear layout is significantly different than the most recent generations of the Corvette -- the C6 and C7 -- that feature exhaust pipes in the center.
The front of the car remains heavily camouflaged. However, it is expected to have a lower hood line, longer rear deck and a much shorter dash-to-axle ratio than the current C7 Corvette.
Switching from a front to midengine layout means engineering a new chassis; creating a new transaxle to drive the rear wheels; developing new cooling, air-conditioning and suspension systems; and designing a new body.
GM says it is investing at least $773 million in its Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, including a new paint shop, where the Corvette has been produced for decades.
A local newspaper in Bowling Green, Ky., in October reported the total cost of retooling the plant was closer to $900 million. It also said production of the 2019 Corvette is scheduled to start Jan. 29, which will include the 2019 C7 Chevy Corvette ZR1 introduced late last year.
A spokesman for Chevrolet, which has not confirmed plans for the midengine Corvette, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.