Chevrolet Corvette C8 to undergo technical shake-up

Chevrolet Corvette C8 to undergo technical shake-up

One of motoring’s biggest names is about to undergo a huge change, as the next Chevrolet Corvette goes mid-engined for the first time in its 66-year history. Iconic for its combination of a front-engined pushrod V8 and composite body, the Corvette, in its more potent forms anyway, has been knocking on the door of true supercar performance for years, and now it looks like the car is about to get the layout to match. Looks like the Corvette is looking to take the fight to McLaren and other supercar makers in Europe.

Expect a generous bump in quality, both perceived and actual, as the next Corvette aims to more directly rival the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin Vantage in all senses, rather than just in pure performance terms. The car will remain a strict two-seater.

The Corvette C8 will be revealed later this year

We know this thanks to some tell-tale cues on prototype vehicles doing the rounds before the model is revealed in full later this year. Most prominent of these is the new car’s proportional changes, as the cab has been moved forwards to make space behind for the engine and transmission. Generous side intakes, a long tail and open rear valance also point towards this undeniable change of layout for this new version.

An all-new 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine?

Confirmed technical details remain scarce. However, the move to a new and more powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine looks to be on the horizon, at the same time losing yet one more element of the last car, namely its pushrod valve actuation, which although considered old in engine technology terms, remained a key part of the Corvette’s technical package. Although we don’t know specifically which engine the new Corvette will feature, General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent company, recently revealed an all-new 4-litre twin-turbo ‘hot-V’ V8 for use in Cadillacs – we suspect either this engine or a derivative of it might be used here.

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Availability of the Corvette C8

The question over the Corvette’s official availability in the UK remains murky though, as it’s unlikely to be built in right-hand drive. As a result expect it to remain a specialty import from selected dealerships, arriving with a generous premium over the US price if it does. And no, it won’t make it to India.

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