While we were traveling to Bloomington Gold on Thursday, another video showing GM engineers testing the new mid-engine C8 Corvettes has rocketed around the interwebs. This one features the 2020 Corvette on the track!
The video is composed of three start/stop sequences as it appears the engineers are simulating stopping and then taking off again as if they were at a stop sign or traffic signal. These aren’t full WOTs (wide-open throttle) take-offs, but they are aggressive as you can here a bit of wheel chirping as the car takes off.
Most of the speculation we’ve seen regarding this video is the discussion of the power plant and transmission. Most agree that the sound of the C8 MEs here sound like the Corvette’s naturally-aspirated LT1, and the quick shifting transmission is most likely a DCT.
It’s been rumored that Chevy and Tremec are working on a DCT for the mid-engine 2020 Corvette and each time we are able to hear the car shifting seems to confirm that. Unfortunately for those who like to do the shifting themselves, there doesn’t appear that a manual transmission will be optional in the new sportscar.
And speaking of rumors, we are starting to hear rumblings that the public debut of the mid-engine C8 Corvette could happen sooner rather than later. One of the possibilities is that the C8 Corvette could come a month or two in advance of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show!
Stay tuned as this will be one exciting ride!
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