This is what Chevy's 6.2L LT2 sounds like when fully uncorked.
In the world of aftermarket exhaust headers, one name reigns supreme: Kooks. Since 1962, the company has built a reputation as the foremost manufacturer of high-performance exhaust headers, especially for enthusiast cars from the Detroit Big Three marques.
The company has something brand new on the way, and it sounds absolutely brutal: headers for the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette.
The 6.2L LT2 V8 in the new mid-engine Corvette isn't all that different from the LT1 in the discontinued C7, but the packaging restrictions certainly are; trying to shoehorn long-tube headers into a crowded modern mid-engine chassis is, we imagine, quite difficult. But Kooks appears to have worked it out, releasing video of a C8 running prototype headers through the factory cat-back exhaust.
Not that the mid-engine Corvette needed any help sounding tremendous, but these prototype headers take things to the next level. The company is now accepting preorders for the headers and catted connection pipes which, together, yield a dyno-proven 20 extra horsepower and 26 additional lb-ft of torque at the wheels on the C8 Z51. Both parts are stainless steel for a brilliant appearance and superior corrosion resistance, and no tuning is required to make use of the extra flow they provide.
As of this writing, Kooks's stainless 2020 Chevrolet Corvette headers are priced at around $1,350 before tax and shipping, and about $1,450 for the catted OEM connections - money well spent if, like us, you appreciate a bit of extra sound every time you mat the throttle.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette has, sadly, been significantly impacted by the global Covid-19 pandemic as the ensuing business shutdowns hit just as production was beginning to ramp up at GM's Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant. Suffice it to say that many a Corvette customer won't receive his or her car for a good long while, and there's already talk of existing customer orders running well into the 2021 model year.
But when more than a handful of lucky customers do finally receive their cars, there will be an awesome set of aftermarket headers waiting for them.