The successor of the Corvette C7 is expected to arrive next year, but there are still a lot of things we don’t know about it.
So far, the only thing confirmed is the mid-engine layout, which provides it with a better weight distribution and allows it to raise its fist against Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren.
Elsewhere, it’s only unconfirmed data surrounding its possible engine lineup, transmission options and even its name. It’s been said that the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette C8 might be named the Zora, with parent company GM trademarking the moniker in different markets.
Another rumor concerns the engine lineup, which could include a modest 500 hp, 6.2-liter V8 for the base variant, which would put it on par with the Porsche 911 GT3.
A 5.5-liter V8 is said to be powering the mid-range versions of the American supercar, in two different outputs, with approximately 600 hp and 800 hp. The latter would make it more powerful than some really impressive machines, such as the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and McLaren 720S.
Topping them all, if reports turn out to be correct, will be a hybrid model, with an electric motor driving the front wheels and an ICE the rears, for a combined output of close to 1,000 horsepower.
While most customers will be satisfied with the dual-clutch automatic transmission, a stick shift might also be available, as per a patent discovered earlier this year.
Now, we don’t know which of these reports turn out to be true. However, we do have a video of prototypes of the C8 being tested out in the open and doing some acceleration sprints. We think that, whatever the engine, it doesn’t sound half bad, wouldn’t you say?