Robert Cope’s One-of-a-Kind X-11 research vehicle.
Thankfully, the V8 engine hasn’t met its demise quite yet. But, in the 1980s, automakers were concerned for its future. This led General Motors to chase new opportunities for the Corvette, which almost led to a mid-engine variant decades ago. Now, it seems the Corvette will finally fulfill those mid-engine dreams with the C8 Corvette.
That’s another topic for another story. This story, first reported by Jalopnik, is about some crazy man who has kept a 1985 Chevrolet Citation. But, it’s not any old Citation. This is a Citation X-11 mid-engine Corvette test mule.
That’s right. In 1985, Chevrolet created a Citation with two engines, one in the front and one in the back. Two aluminum 3.1-liter V6 engines were stuffed into the rear and front for a total of 400 hp. In regular driving, the Citation X-11 could use just the front-mounted engine to drive the front wheels. But, the driver could also turn the economy car into a beast with the flip of a switch.
In turn, that would unlock the rear engine, turning the FWD Citation into a 400 hp, all-wheel drive machine.
Hot Rod once described the Citation X-11 as so:
Imagine a GMC Syclone or Typhoon with less weight and nearly twice the power.
We like the sound of that. Have a look at the video of the Citation X-11.