The Corvette has long been the flagship ambassador for the Detroit Sportscar segment and now Chevy is tooling up to once again launch an all-new version of America’s beloved two seater. Here at Horsepower Broadcasting, our sources at GM tell us that after 60+ years of evolution, the new C8 Corvette will be revolutionary. The new Vette will be the mid-engined American Dream Machine that Chevy has hinted at for years.
We recently spoke with former GM Executive Bob Lutz about the all new platform and he was as enthusiastic as a nine year old on Christmas eve.
Moving To A Mid-Engine Corvette
We learned that Chevy plans to finally move the Corvette past the basic proportions and overall build it has used since the C3 to more of a Supercar platform utilizing all wheel drive and mid engine placement.
Why mid-engine you ask? Because the C7 Corvette, especially the newest Z06, is pretty much max’d out in terms of development. Adding more horsepower to a front-engine design only means more smoke coming off the rear tires.
Moving the engine closer to the rear means better weight distribution and that means better acceleration and braking. The all wheel drive will equate to overall better handling and cornering, especially if a torque vectoring program is written for the brake control module
Those of you who fear the demise of the V8 can relax because the 6.2 or the 7.0 are almost certain candidates and the the most exciting news is that the component handling the ratio changes will probably be a 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
As regulations clamp down more aggressively on fuel consumption, it’s inevitable that a V6 option will emerge but a twin turbo V6 3.6 liter kicking out 400 or more horsepower is okay by us and when you consider that it’s likely to have an electric motor at each front wheel, (producing 60 to 80 additional horses each) all of a sudden the 6 cylinder seems even more acceptable.
The body is the next logical candidate for conversion to a lighter more crash-resistant carbon fiber type material and the doors will most likely be of a different design than we’ve seen in previous years.
Top speed will be between 180 and 200 mph and we suspect the sticker to be around $150,000. All in all, not unreasonable for this type of vehicle especially when you consider it will eat up most of it’s competition that is priced much higher.
Those that prefer the traditional Corvette needn’t worry, there’s no plans for discontinuing the current version. The front engine, rear wheel drive platform will be with us for at least the foreseeable future.
For more info, see Car and Driver