Rotary-Powered 2020 Corvette C8 Rendered, Might Be Built

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Ladies and gentlemen drivers, allow me to put on my Captain Obvious glasses and mention that we're dealing with a rendering that portrays the 2020 C8 Corvette with a rotary engine. At first, such a render might seem like nothing more than social media fantasy, but there might be a method to the madness.
You see, there are tons of buyers that will benefit from the budget side of the mid-engined Corvette, taking on the base offer, which includes 490 hp and that sub-$60,000 starting price.

However, once again turning to social media, I'll talk about the master plan that has been mentioned on multiple networks: buy a C8 and take it down the forced induction route (supercharger or twin-turbos, you name it), so you end up with 1,000 horsepower for less than $100,000.

Given the turning point status of the new platform, there will also be aftermarket developers wishing to beyond the YouTuber-friendly scheme mentioned above. In other words, we'll get to see the new 'Vette taken to ridiculous outputs.

Eventually, the Internet will become used to forced induction LS2s, with the same being true for the motor of the future C8 Z06, which is expected to be a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 related to Cadillac's LTA Blackwing architecture.

And that's when a Wankel swap such as the one rendered here will come in handy. Note that the engine compartment of the 2020 C8 is portrayed as providing accommodating to a four-rotor setup, which would provide the necessary go, along with an appropriate soundtrack (the really sweet voice of a rotary engine usually requires at least three rotors).

Given the reliability issues of Wankel engines, such a build obviously requires plenty of dedication, but the doesn't make the plan impossible.

Oh, and in case anybody needs inspiration on this topic, here's YouTuber Rob Dahm and his work-in-progress rotary-powered C5 Corvette:

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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