[PICS] Car and Driver Renders the Mid-Engine C8 Corvette for the May 2018 Issue


Car and Driver Renders the Mid-Engine C8 Corvette

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Our friends at Car and Driver Magazine have rendered the mid-engine C8 Corvette for the May 2018 Issue which features the article “25 Cars Worth Waiting For”. The accompanying article also features a couple more renders which we have below.

The article is written by Daniel Pund who lays out the various engines and equipment that Car and Driver thinks will be available on the forthcoming C8 Corvette. Most of this info has already been speculated and written about, but we’ll share a couple of the nuggets available from the text.

[PICS] Car and Driver Renders the Mid-Engine C8 Corvette for the May 2018 Issue

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The conventional wisdom is that an upgraded LT1 with 500-hp will be the base motor and its inclusion in the line-up helps to keep costs down. Two optional motors will come afterward, a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine capable of 600-hp and a 8000+ rpm redline will fall into the middle of the lineup while a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 will make around 800 horsepower will serve as the top level engine.

But wait, there’s more!!

Within a couple of years following the introduction, Car and Driver says the C8 will offer hybrid power with the addition of a 200-hp electric motor packaged in the front to turn the front wheels and providing at or near 1,000 horsepower total.

[PICS] Car and Driver Renders the Mid-Engine C8 Corvette for the May 2018 Issue

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Car and Driver also proclaims the clutch pedal and manual transmission is dead for the C8 and in its place, Chevy is working with Tremec to develop a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Finally, what we thought may be a feature of the C7 ZR1 is the active aerodynamics which includes a rear power-operated spoiler while up front, Chevrolet will utilize a front axle lift system to change the angle of the Corvette and its front aerodynamics based on the car’s speed.

The May 2018 cover and the full article were posted on the Corvette Forum so check it out here.

Car and Driver Renders the Mid-Engine C8 Corvette for the May 2018 Issue

Car and Driver via Corvette Forum

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  1. I’m excited about this car but I hope the drawing in C&D is wrong. I’m hoping for something much more radical! If you’re ending the mid-engine drought, go all out Chevy and make the design wild and crazy to quote Steve Martin. I know the designers are capable after seeing the new ZR1!

  2. Hope they don’t wait to include the performance engines. I want one now, and not a 500 hp model.

  3. It will be the best handling corvette ever. May have all wheel steering like the 911 turbo as an option. I have Car and Driver Mag. They mentioned that the turbo and hybrid versions will have more air intercoolers, and the vents in the rear will all be functional. zr1 c8 may have more or additional functioning air intake vents on top and one big scope just above and behind the driver and passenger’s head. The only worry I have is that they make the car too heavy 3500 lbs unless that is the weight of the Twin turbo zr1 car or the hybrid.

  4. It looks right as a starter. I like it. I have driven Corvettes for most of my life. Yes, this one will be in my garage when its available. It will be Red like the C7 in my garage.

  5. Guess I am ignorant, but I don’t understand where the weight comes from…Ferrari Portofino is over 4000 pounds, but it gets 700 hp and who cares, eh? All these cars are constructed with aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, fiberglass, etc., expensive and lightweight materials and yet none of the “performance cars” are under 3000 pounds. The original 911 for example weighed about 1800 pounds, was all steel except for the engine block and tranny case. What does a C2 weigh? Not 3500 pounds.

  6. I think I saw one 3 weeks back, appeared like round tail lights, probably due to camouflage. Appears little bit similar to C&D rendering around the driver area. Keep an on I94 towards Port Huron, I am guessing more of them going to show up for summer, excellent newly paved high way for speed and baseline altitude (sea level) testing

  7. If they are turning their back on the manual transmission, that would make any well-kept C7 Vette with a stick very valuable in the future.

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