This time around, the regular production C8 Corvette has been spotted tooling around at the Nürburging in Germany. General Motors is looking to take on all challengers from Porsche to Ferrari,and has built the C8 on an all-new mid-engine platform. As you can see from the accompanying photos, there is a massive air intake behind the front doors to channel air back to the mid-mounted engine along with some interesting surfacing details along the doors and flanks of the vehicle.
Up front, there's a relatively pointy nose that leads into a very short (for a Corvette) hood... err, “frunk”. A large glass panel sits above the engine, and there are quad pipes out back. The vehicle is still covered in digital camouflage and the front and rear lighting obviously aren't production grade, but this is probably our best look yet at what General Motors will be unveiling in early January.
There will be at least three engine choices for the new C8 Corvette, with one of them being a massaged version of the 6.2-liter V8 that powers the current base Corvette Stingray. Power will swell from 455 horsepower to an even 500. The next step up will be a 4.2-liter turbocharged V8 that will generate an estimated 650 horsepower. However, the engine to watch will be a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 beast that will lay waste to anything that challenges it with over 800 horsepower. Both of the turbocharged engines are all-new and feature a DOHC layout instead of the OHV arrangement that has been used for much of the Corvette's existence (save for the late 80's ZR-1).
Stay tuned in the coming months, because given the high-profile nature of new Corvette launches, we're sure to be seeing quite a few leaks in the lead-up to the Detroit Auto Show.
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