REPORT: MIDENGINE CORVETTE TO GET GOOD OL’ FASHIONED SMALL-BLOCK V8 POWER
The so-called LT2 would add a touch of familiarity to a radically new C8 Corvette
July 10, 2019
With the July 18 reveal of the midengine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette coming up fast, there are still a lot of things we don’t know about the car -- including, crucially, what’s powering it. Would it drop a few cylinders and add turbochargers? Maybe even go hybrid? Videos of the car testing have given us clues, but there’s only so much we can glean from a few seconds of exhaust note.
If we can trust a new report by Muscle Cars and Trucks, Chevy is easing into the whole engine-behind-the-driver thing by sticking with a familiar prime mover: The time-tested small-block V8. An unnamed source says the C8 will supposedly get a mildly reworked variant called the LT2, perhaps packing 480-500 hp, but it will be very similar to the 6.2-liter LT1 engine found in the C7 Stingray and Grand Sport.
Muscle Cars and Trucks' sources also claim that the C8 will lose its manual transmission option -- something we’ve suspected was going to be the case for quite a while -- in favor of a dual-clutch automatic. Can’t win them all.
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