The mid-engine Corvette is still at the Nürburgring, and it doesn’t seem like it’s brief flirtation with disaster has stopped it from going as fast as possible.
Just a few days ago we caught the new C8 Corvette catching some sweet air in pics that definitely showed all four tires leaving the ground. Well, the Corvette is still at The Ring putting on a show every week, and until it stops we’re going to keep reporting on every new piece of footage we get as we desperately try to suss out whatever we can from the videos.
Courtesy of Motor1, we see that there are still two C8’s circling the Nürburgring. Unlike previous videos where the C8s were almost having a luxurious stroll through the Green Hell, this time the ‘Vettes were taking extremely tight lines and definitely going as fast as possible.
We didn’t see either one leave the ground, but we definitely saw them practically hugging the curbs as they sped around the track.
There’s still no sign of a turbocharger or supercharger on these cars, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there somewhere. These are naturally aspirated ‘Vettes that seem to have a lot of power even without the benefit of forced induction.
Rumor is we’re looking at a 6.2-L V8 without around 430 hp--the same as the current base-model C7 Corvette. However, we’re still getting reports of a 4.2-L twin-turbo V8 that might be sourced from Cadillac. There’s even talk of a hybrid version out there that will bring the C8’s total close to 1,000 hp thanks to the combined forces of gasoline and electric motors.
But in the end, we gotta call it like we see it, and that means this is probably just a naturally aspirated V8 and a dual-clutch transmission with very fast shift times. As soon as we hear the telltale whine of a supercharger, we’ll be sure to let everyone know
We don’t expect to see the C8 Corvette without a vinyl cover until early 2019--likely at the Detroit Auto Show.