Mid-Engined Corvette Shows Up at Nurburgring, Sounds Turbocharged?

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Mid-Engined Corvette Shows Up at NurburgringMid-Engined Corvette Shows Up at NurburgringMid-Engined Corvette Shows Up at Nurburgring
By now, anybody with an Internet connection and the smallest interest in the automotive realm, has seen the C8 Chevrolet Corvette. And if you check out the comments, you'll notice the mid-engined 'Vette gets its fair share of hate. Well, this needs to be addressed, so here we are.
First of all, the purpose of the badge is to bring sportscar/supercar thrills for those whose budget is not unlimited. And the fact that the front-engined layout has been the one used so far doesn't mean the upcoming change is sacrilege. At least not in this age when Ferrari is about to build an SUV.

Secondly, an important part of the negative comments come from the look of the prototypes - no, the production model won't look like an NSX, but since having the engine in the middle brings its obvious design limitations and the early stage of the prototypes involves heavy camo, there's only so much originality the current look can have.

With tose aspects out the way, we'll mention that a spy video showcasing the C8 Corvette doing its thing on the Nurburgring awaits you at the bottom of the page.

Of course, the most important aspect of the clip is the aural one. Fortunately, unlike in the case of road-captured spy clips, the engineers behind the wheel weren't babying the car, so you can properly listen to its voice.

In our book, this sounds like a naturally aspirated V8, which means the rumors about the base model coming in atmospheric form could be true. So perhaps we'll get to see an evolution of the LT1 that powers the C7 Corvette Stingray and the 6th-gen Camaro SS animating the newcomer.

However, while this could be Chevy testing the base versions of the 2020 Corvette, there will obviously be superior models, with or without the current badging, which also involves the Grand Sport, the Z06 and the ZR1.

Regardless, the rumor mill talks about a DOHC V8 featuring a twin-turbo setup and a displacement of 5.5 liters and while the TT setup might infuriate purists, this would be the most efficient way.

Until we get our hands on more info, be prepared to check out the C8 Corvette flying over rumble-strips in the clip below.

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