It's called benchmarking against today's best Corvette.
We know it’s coming and yet Chevrolet continues to deny its existence. We’re talking about the mid-engined C8 Corvette of course, and it’s possible it’ll debut this January at Detroit. Until then, we can continue to document its so-called non –existence with spy videos such as this one. Thanks to the guys over at CorvetteBlogger and YouTube channel Coloradocarsdogsanddrones, this video shows the C8 testing alongside the current (front-engined) C7 ZR1. The footage was taken in Colorado, an ideal location for high altitude testing. Just to give you an idea, the elevation there is 10,152 feet.
And like past spy shots and videos, the C8 prototypes here are heavily camouflaged, but it’s immediately obvious the engine has been relocated to midship. It’s also good to see test engineers using the most powerful Corvette on sale today (and of all time) as a benchmark of sorts. With more than 750 hp on hand, the Corvette ZR1 is a formidable force to be reckoned with for any supercar. It too has an immediately recognizable trait: its massive rear spoiler.
Aside from styling, the big question regarding the C8 is which engine(s) will it offer? Past leaks indicate there will be at least three engines available, though they won’t all be sold initially. At launch, expect the familiar naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 with around 460 hp, and then the controversy starts. Next up will be a twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 with up to about 650 hp. It’s reportedly an improved version of the same engine found in the new Cadillac CT6 V-Sport.
And then there’s the rumored twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 with upwards of 850 hp. Unfortunately we don’t have specifics launch dates, let alone verification of the C8’s existence, but rest assured details are coming. Our sources hinted a 2020 on-sale date has been targeted, which makes a Detroit 2019 debut all the more possible.