Old Men, Rejoice: The Mid-Engined Corvette Will Have Space for Golf Clubs

Annie White
Photo credit: Greg Pajo - Car and Driver

From Car and Driver

  • The 2020 Corvette will have a frunk (front trunk) under the hood and a small trunk located behind the engine compartment.
  • Engineers considered covering up the engine to create more storage space but thought owners would want the ability to display the engine.
  • Corvette-branded luggage sets will be available for customers who want to be absolutely sure their suitcases will fit in the car.

Old men love Corvettes. They love to buy old ones, talk about buying new ones, and complain about how those new ones will never be as good as the old ones. The advent of the mid-engined Corvette, which is intended at least in part to attract a younger audience (the average age of a Corvette owner in 2015 was 61), has exposed fertile new ground for the speculative complaining of aging boomers. If the engine's in the back, where will the golf clubs go?

Also in the back, according to Chevy. Despite the fact that the motor is now behind the cabin, there is space carved out even further back for a small trunk, designed to fit the C8's removable targa top. It's not the expansive cargo shelf we enjoyed in the C7, but chief engineer Tadge Juechter promised there would be room for two sets of golf clubs "or sneaking your children into a drive-in" in the Corvette's trunk. That seems optimistic if you ask us, but Juechter has had the chance to play Tetris in this new trunk and we haven't (yet). If you're the kind of old man who insists on taking his Corvette to the links, be prepared to bring a Sunday bag.

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Up front, an underhood frunk provides space for a roller bag or a couple of duffle bags. As with most frunks, this one looks deep but not particularly wide, so don't expect to transport anything really unwieldy. The combination of the frunk and the trunk make up a total of 13 cubic feet of storage space, says Chevy.

The inexorable march of progress is often a good thing. In this case, moving the engine behind the driver could finally launch the Corvette into the orbit of sharp-handling European supercars from Ferrari and Porsche. But improvements usually demand sacrifices, and this time one of those sacrifices was the previous-generation Corvette's wide, flat cargo area. Chevy knows its demographic: there may not be room for a Home Depot haul or a smallish bicycle in the back anymore, but no need to reschedule that standing tee time.

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