2020 Corvette Rumored To Have Four Powertrain Options Including One With Around 1,000 HP

The Chevrolet Corvette C7 is an evolution of its predecessor but the next-generation model promises to be revolutionary.

It’s widely known that the car is finally making the switch to a mid-engine layout but Car and Driver has compiled an assortment of tantalizing new details about the upcoming sports car.

Set to look far more exotic and upscale than before, the 2020 Corvette is slated to have a predominantly fiberglass body and a new active aerodynamic system. Details are limited but the publication says the car’s front axle lift system will serve double duty and shift the “aero center of pressure fore and aft, depending on vehicle speed.”

Despite the revolutionary new design, the Corvette C8 will reportedly ride on an aluminum space frame which could utilize some carbon fiber and magnesium to save weight. Unfortunately, the car is still expected to be heavier than its predecessor as it should weight over 3,500 lbs (1,587 kg).

To cope with the added weight, the model is expected to be launched with an upgraded version of the LT1 V8 engine. The 6.2-liter engine currently produces 455 hp (331 kW / 451 PS) in the base model but the new engine is expected to develop around 500 hp (372 kW / 507 PS). It will reportedly be connected exclusively to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which will allow the car to be faster than the C7 despite the weight gain.

Sometime after the car is launched, the Vette is expected to receive a 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine that produces at least 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS). Besides the extra power, the engine will reportedly have a redline that is a bit shy of 9,000 rpm.

Of course, 600+ hp (447 kW / 608 PS) isn’t too impressive these days so Chevrolet is expected to offer a twin-turbo version of the aforementioned engine. This particular variant will reportedly produce around 800 hp (596 kW / 811 PS).

That’s pretty impressive but the report claims there’s an even more powerful model in the works. It will reportedly feature the twin-turbo V8 engine as well as a 200 hp (149 kW / 202 PS) electric motor that powers the front wheels. This could enable the all-wheel model to have a “horsepower rating at or near the four-digit mark.”

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  • Leconte Dave

    Madness

    • Zandit75

      But in a good way!

  • ErnieB

    Great until the fudge the interior.. but yeah.. pretty insane! Looks very promising and supercar-ish..

    • Alter Ego

      They’ve done a great job with the newest Cadillac interiors so I hope it’ll be nice.

  • eb110americana

    Why on earth would GM develop a 5.5L flat plane crank V8 just for the Corvette? I do not believe any of this. 4 new engines for the mid-engine model? I think it will have an LT1, maybe with some upgrades, that is setup longitudinal midship. Later on, it will probably have something DOHC which is likely the same model with turbos. The rest is just wild speculation.

    • rodriguez256

      For developed the flat plane V8 just for their GT350 models, so it’s not out of reason for Chevy to do the same. The fact that Ford did this is even more reason for Chevy to follow the same path. The GT350 got high praises for that engine, I’m sure Chevy would want some of that spotlight. Plus the look of the car and engine layout along with the flat plane would make it even more along the lines of a Farrari fighter.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        “For developed the flat plane V8 just for their GT350 models, so it’s not out of reason for Chevy to do the same.”

        True! Because GM is always chasing someone else’s tail pipes and mimicking what they do. Except for the Flowtie of course. Groundbreaking!

  • BlackPegasus

    Can’t wait to see it naked.

  • I hope all the hype won’t be for nothing.

  • Rasta_Farian

    I have a really stupid dumb question. Will the C8 Corvette only come as a mid-engined vehicle? No more front engined Corvette?

    • FactChecker90803

      It’s Corvette Brand, please do recall that the C7 is called the Stingray, and the C8 will be called the Zora, with the Top TT V8+Electric front drive will likely be called the C8 Zora E-Ray.

    • john1168

      I think Factchecker is correct. In addition, I’ve read the C7 will still be built along side the C8. Essentially two Corvette models will be sold but in a couple of years or so, the C7 will disappear…… If what I read was correct. I really hope Corvette becomes a brand like factchecker says and that there will always be a front engine and a mid engine Vette for sale. Time will tell. Actually a smart question because that’s the question on everyone’s mind right now.

  • LJ

    Already missing the center mounted quad exhaust.

  • GPFan

    I feel Chev really lack inspiration.
    -Ford used Aluminium in there trucks, Chev bagged them out but then copied
    -Ford built a flat-plane V8 for their sports car, now Chev copy
    I find Chev a very boring and reactive company, not a company I feel excited about supporting

    • khc

      “Ford used Aluminium in there [their] trucks, Chev bagged them out but then copied”

      The bulk of the Silverado’s body still uses steel, including high-strength steel, with a steel bed floor (which is a good thing).

      • john1168

        and isn’t Chevy going to start using a carbon fiber/composite bed for it’s trucks? As light or lighter than aluminum but stronger and more dent resistant.

  • Bash

    This is going to be a nice Ferrari… oh wait. lol

  • Craig

    I hope they bought an original NSX and ripped it apart to see how it all worked. If they could combine the user friendliness of the NSX with something considerably more hairy-chested, it could end being an extraordinary car.

    • john1168

      I’m not sure they tore apart an NSX but I do think think/hope they did what you’re suggesting. I think the C8 will be user friendly monster.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Hood scoop?? Everyone in the program knows it’s mid-engine, right?? LOL

    • Rzrlf

      its a blacked out hoodwindow so you can the engine cover.. oh wait…

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        …Exactly…

  • Kerry

    I have heard similar, but I thought it was 575-600hp on the flat plane and 770 to 800 HP on the twin turbo. Of course easy upgrade is bigger intercooler could easily up it. The dual clutch ratio gives better top speeds and quicker quarter tines. If that is true the base 5.5L will be good for 205mph at $66k. The twin turbo Z06 should hit near 215-220mph. The ZR1 could hit 240 or more if you can find a really long straight. Me go all carbon fiber body or hybrid carbon impregnated fiberglass will lighten and strengthen it. Carbon wheels and titanium exhaust lesslspeakers and amps best ways to take off 100 pounds. Also 7 speakers instead of nine to 13 you can get good enough sound with 7 speakers gee the cabin is not that big and multiple amps that is extra wasted weight. Wish GM would listen. Oh the 5.5 L will probably Z28 engine next year

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