Mid-Engine Corvette C8 Caught In The Open Doing Acceleration Runs

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.

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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?

  • Craig

    I’m surprised by how high off the ground the front end appears to be. Will this be the first Corvette not to smash into every curb and speed bump?


  • no25

    this is becoming the next Supra…who cares about it anymore?

  • Zandit75

    That rear spoiler needs to go.
    I’d like to see it also with some wheels that actually fill out the guards. I guess the aftermarket crowd will cover that.

    • john1168

      Agreed! It’s functional but stupid looking. I think that’s what’s gonna be on the base model.

  • Bo Hanan

    If any of the blah-blah in this article is even half true then GM should not call this car a Corvette. It’s too far removed from its predecessor and the pricing will follow.

    • Louis White

      It will be called Zora!

  • ErnieB

    Looks like a.. never mind.. lol

    • Matteo Tommasi

      The 500 hp will be on 911 s price, 600 on nsx price, 800 (it it exists) on 488/720s price. The hybrid is an invention from this site

  • Zaza Pensive

    Im.assuming 1000hp AWD Vette’s don’t sound half bad…unless you’re running a GTR.

  • Louis White

    This car is still being developed, all those lame ass comments I read are prove this car will smoke any GTR, Porsche 911, Lambroke, Ferrari, Aston Martian, GT, or whatever…Chevy will not produce a car thats a sled…2600 pounds with 650 hp minimuly…
    KEEP DREAMING EVERY CRITIC…This car will be a street rocket!!

    • Mr. EP9

      That remains to be seen.

      I mean come on now, 2600lb curb weight? I don’t see it happening.

  • JBsC6

    64 days and counting. I fully expect this new generation corvette to be a beauty. Hopefully the standard model with z51 will have around 500 hp , 3350 curb weight mrc shocks, dct transmission and be a blast to drive as a daily driver. Ill leave the 600 hp and 800 hp to those that just got to have insane rides. First and second year prodiction is probably already spoken for. Im on a list and figure if im lucky the beginning of the second year of production. This will be the best selling corvette in year with massive amount of conquest sales, not to mention c5,c6 and c7 owners ponying up for the latest and greatest. A true revolutionary design change, im in!

    • S3XY

      It is old technology.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Sadly 99% of all the cars on the road are old technology. The oil cartels and the government puppets beneath them keep it this way. It’s a multi-trillion dollar business that won’t be let go in a hurry.

      • JBsC6

        Actually overhead cam technology is older than overhead valve design. I’ve.owned both in sports cars and would suggest you drive a late or lt powered Corvette manual z51 before you decide it’s “old” technology .GM s ohv engines have large displacements but are dimensionally smaller with regards to.packaging. Europe’s.taxation system was originally designed to keep a erican automobiles out of post ww2 Europe…that’s their dacination with dohc engines. Performance wise ohv engines are impressive and inexpensive to build,purchase and maintain…check out the riavility records.of BMWs much herded dohc six cylinder in the m3…[email protected] 60k to 110k miles ..

  • meyerweb

    Old video. The accel runs car still has the black cladding on it They were first posted online months ago. The first vid without the cladding was from the ‘ring about a month ago. Old news.

  • Astonman

    Every time I see its side profile, it reminds me of the Ferrari 430.

    • Mike anonymous

      Funny thing, this vehicles history is not known to many. But they were actually developing this exact car back in 2007/2008. The Ferrari 430 was the vehicle they were suing as a benchmark. But the vehicle was put on hold due to the problems GM faced, and then they came out with the C7 to help bring things back in line.

      In eternally this vehicle (the exact version you see in the video) internally has been in the works for almost 10 years. It’s only recently that they began getting the prototypes on the road. & Fun Fact, the design of the C7 was actually based off of the vehicle here (the C8) internally.

      • john1168

        Interesting! Thanks for the fun fact there 🙂

      • Astonman

        I remembered Bob Lutz writing about this. Nice fun fact.

  • I hope this was a new series, they are killing the corvette this way.

  • That might be the NSX people wanted, a fun, fast supercar for way cheaper than the italians.

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  • S3XY

    Sounds and looks slow. Yawn

  • Brent Morrison

    Looks like an overpriced kit car, which is what Americans are good at doing.


    All the aerodynamic trickery should be located and hidden under the car, from nose to tail.
    All serious sportscars makers have the tech to do so.
    To have some IKEA shelving on the trunk end has always been ill-looking, boring and lazy design-wise….
    It’s not 1986 anymore Chev, wake-up….!?

    • Six Thousand Times

        Thanx for the reply and knowledge shared….
        I did not remember that one, and it’s a shame, because i think it still looks a million bucks….!
        I found this on wikipedia:
        “In January 1990, CERV III (No. 3) made its debut at the International Auto Show in Detroit. The car’s mid-mounted V-8 is a 5.7-liter 32-valve, dual-overhead cam LT5, with twin turbos and internal modifications, giving it 650 hp (485 kW), 655 lb⋅ft (888 N⋅m)- torque, and a top speed of 225 mph (362 km/h). The car was made of carbon fiber with a fiberglass-finish coating, with estimated price of $300k-400k. Other standard features include computer-controlled active suspension system, ABS braking and traction control, six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive and four-wheel steering along with a fully multiplexed electrical architecture.”
        For a nearly 30 year-old concept, it still rocks.
        And would certainly kick some italian and german modern arses……
        Thanx again!

  • Knotmyrealname

    Jeeez, all the proportions and look of the car feel dated. It looks like some industrial design student’s sketch from the 90’s.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’ll guess you weren’t old enough to be around in the 1990s

      • Knotmyrealname

        Sadly I was…

  • LouInPA

    Auto or paddle shifters… Eww.

    • FlameWater

      1000hp, I`m sure the retiree daily driving this really wants to blow there transmission for the sake of “nostalgia”

  • Mark Seven-Ultranine

    Just keep repeating, “It’s not a Ferrari 488 GTB, it’s not a Ferrari 488GTB …”

    • Kagan

      Or nsx

  • Six_Tymes

    cant wait. super car battle/s next year at some point, should be fun to watch.

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