The mid-engined C8 Corvette is still at the Nürburgring being tested by GM’s engineers.
Last week we got a great view and listen to the upcoming mid-engined Corvette thanks to the kind folks over at Jalopnik. What we heard was an apparently naturally aspirated engine with an automatic transmission squealing its tires as it circled around the Nürburgring.
This week we’ve got a new video on YouTube from Nürburgring Racing Videos that seems to show the exact same car. It’s still got that speckled paint job, and there’s still no sign of a supercharger or even the tell-tail hiss and whistle you’d get from a turbocharger. The gears still swap fairly quickly, leading us to once again assume there’s an automatic transmission hiding within the chassis.
But there is definitely no supercharger on this model. We repeat: no supercharger.
Working on the assumption of natural aspiration, we know that Chevrolet has a perfectly good 6.2-L V8 on their base model C7 Corvette that can do the job. The Stingray trim gets about 460 hp, 465 lb-ft of torque, and can do zero to sixty in 3.7 seconds. Those are perfectly fine numbers for an entry-level sports car.
However, rumors of twin-turbos abound for the C8 Corvette. Motor1 speculates that there’s a 4.2-L twin-turbo V8 waiting in the winds that’ll do 650 hp, wither an even larger 5.5-L twin-turbo V8 with 850 hp. These are definitely some big motors, which really makes you wonder how Chevy manages to keep the emissions down.
We already know that GM will produce the new C8 Corvette along with the old front-engined C7 ‘Vette as a means of hedging their bets. Going mid-engined for the first time ever is a big switch for GM, and nobody knows just how their customers will take it.
As for when we’ll see some official word on this mid-engined monster, we’re not expecting anything until the Detroit Auto Show next year. Patience is a virtue and all that.