2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) Latest Spy Shots & VideoSep 5th, 2018
The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is probably one of the worst kept secrets of this year. Numerous spy photos have been taken of this car from the moment it began development. However now come one of the best set of spy photos of what appears to be the base trim of the new 2020 Chevy Corvette C8.
Why is the Corvette going mid-engined? That’s because of its little brother, the Camaro. In recent years, the Chevrolet Camaro has quickly caught up with the performance of the Chevrolet Corvette. But it costs much less than the Corvette. This is why the Corvette is getting the engine in the middle so that it can be a more exotic car as well as push the boundaries of performance.
These latest batch of spy photos of the C8 Corvette come from the Nurburgring in Germany where the car is undergoing performance testing. While it still has camouflage, it does show more of the sculpted and aggressive lines of the body. The cabin is much more forward than the current C7 generation and the big side air ducts feed cool air to the engine in the back.
Powertrains are not known at this time but the most likely scenario will be that the base 2020 Corvette will receive the current 6.2L V8 delivering about 500hp. A new 5.5L V8 should be introduced later on with a flat-plane crankshaft and DOHC with about 600hp. This new engine should also be introduced as a variant with a twin-turbocharged system that would produce around 800hp. There’s also rumors that this twin-turbo engine may also be offered as a hybrid with an electric motor powering the front wheels with an expected power output of 1,000hp.
From the video below, you can hear one of those V8 engines as the car accelerates out of corners. It also sounds like this test car is equipped with the automatic transmission judging by the quick upshifts. No word yet if this mid-engine Corvette will be available with a manual transmission.
We expect to see the official unveil of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit early next year.
Photos and video courtesy of Jalopnik
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