Think a big, rumbling V8 sounds good in front of you? Wait till you hear one behind you in the new, rear-engine Corvette.
The long-awaited C8 Corvette will be revealed a week from this Thursday on July, 18th. While understandably, some long-time Corvette fans are upset about the move to mid-engine, no one can deny that the new possibilities of this platform are exciting. For one, the handling can continue to improve as the Corvette engineers have stated that they have done all that they can do with the front-engine platform already in terms of handling. So what will power the C8?
So far the only confirmed engine offering will be the new 6.2L V8 dubbed the LT2. This engine is very similar to the outgoing LT1 engine, which has been well-received in the current C7 Corvettes. Like the LT1, the LT2 will be push-rod in design with direct injection and variable valve timing. The LT1 also features active fuel management and various systems designed to improve efficiencies which will likely carry over to the LT2; it is not known at this time if there will be additional tech or advancements added with efficiency in mind. Given the minor changes, HP and torque numbers will be very similar to the current 455 HP and 460 lb-ft of torque seen in the LT1.
While the LT2 is an exciting and solid engine, I can’t help but be a bit disappointed we aren’t seeing a more radical change for the power-plant….at least not yet.
Obviously, the LT2 won’t be serving all of the various models of the new Corvette. The higher-output trims will have more horsepower that is likely coming from a smaller, twin-turbo V8. There is not currently a timeframe for this engine however so take it with a grain of salt. It is also rumored that the C8 will someday feature a hybrid powertrain with an electric motor driving the front wheels and the twin-turbo V8 pushing the back wheels. While this is a far-fetched idea, it could certainly be possible for a company willing to make a crazy change to a mid-engine platform!
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