It helps immensely when you have detailed spy shots to work with.
As much as General Motors denies it, the fact is this: a mid-engine Corvette is coming. The numerous sets of spy shots and insider information prove this. But we know GM wants to keep this quiet for as long as possible, at least until it's ready for the full reveal. That could happen as soon as this fall or at Detroit in January. For now, we have something that'll get everyone talking.
Thanks to rendering artist 'fvs' via MidEngineCorvetteForum.com, we probably have our best look so far at the production C8 Corvette final design. The rendered image was created based on spy shots, specifically one showing the upcoming C8.R race car out testing on the track.
Apparently, 'fvs' is an industrial artist by profession, so he clearly knows his way around the necessary software and has mad CAD skills. It also helps that he's a passionate Corvette guy. We also have a second C8 rendering, also courtesy of MidengineCorvetteForum.com via 'CarLifestyle.' Both renderings take into account the revelations made by those recent spy shots: the angling of the side vents, which up until now have been covered by camouflage.
The C8's are both aggressive and familiar; the front-end is very Corvette-ish. Even the hood, which is now obviously much shorter than before, has certain Corvette styling traits. The headlights are also relatively familiar, and the overall design, despite the switch from front to mid-engine, is actually evolutionary rather than revolutionary when compared to today's C7.
Under the hood, or rather behind the front seats, are several possibilities. Sources indicate that at launch, the C8 will be powered by an updated version of the current LT1 V8 that will produce around 500 hp. At a later date, however, the C8 could be offered with a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 with up to 550 hp. This is the same engine found in the new Cadillac CT6 V-Sport. Further down the line, a naturally-aspirated 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 with a reported 600 hp is possible. A twin-turbocharged version of that engine is also possible, increasing output to 800 hp.
If that's not good enough for you, one day that engine could be combined with a front-mounted electric motor to produce a combined 1,000 hp. Good things are definitely coming, but for now, let us know what you think of these latest and far more accurate renderings.