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New Corvette Might Get Crazy Flat-Plane V8

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First revealed in the concept Corvette race car, a shrieking DOHC V8 could be making its way into the new C8.

When the highly anticipated Corvette C8 was first revealed back in July, fans around the world rejoiced at the fact that their favorite American sports car would now feature a mid-engine layout. What many chose to ignore was the fact that the great-looking new C8 would still be making use of the LT2 6.2-liter V8 used in the previous generation Vette. The LT2 motor is no slouch, producing a healthy 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, but makes use of ancient pushrod technology giving it a rather lazy rev limit of 6,000 rpm.

But just as we thought that the LT2 would live on forever, Chevrolet revealed the C8.R racing car. Details are scarce at this stage, and we only managed to sneak a peek of the exterior which looks absolutely stunning, but Chevrolet has promised a racing debut early in 2020 at the famous Rolex 24 hour endurance race at Daytona International Speedway by which point we should know more.

However, while the reveal got us excited for things to come, nothing could match the joyous feeling we got when we heard the engine start-up. A shrieking, rev-happy V8 has found its way into the racing concept car, and it sounds amazing.

The details again are unclear, but speculation, and what we've been able to glean from the sound, is that it's a DOHC, flat-plane crank V8. This gets us seriously excited, as it means a DOHC V8 may soon be making its way into a production Corvette,

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The rumors surrounding the new V8 suggest it's a unit derived from Cadillac's range of Blackwing V8s, with an engine size ranging between 4.2 and 5.5 liters. Some believe that this engine will find its way into the mighty Z06 and ZR1, and possibly even the Zora, and could potentially be encouraged by a turbocharger or two. What we know is that the C8.R has a naturally aspirated engine which by the sound of things has a flat-plane crank and some serious compression. Combine that with a lightened flywheel and you've got a recipe for some high revving action. Forget about fake engine sounds channeled through cabin speakers: this new engine is going to blow eardrums all by itself.

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