The new mid-engine C8 Corvette is just a few days from making its grand entrance, and we’re still clamoring to get every little detail we can find. Of course, one of the most-important bits of info is what Chevrolet has mounted
under the hood just behind the cabin. As we exclusively reported earlier this month, the base-model 2020 Corvette, which should be called Stingray, will come with the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8. Now, we’re getting an ear-full of what the eight sounds like when you add a little gasoline to the mix.
Thanks to a brief 14-second sound clip provided by Chevrolet, we can hear the new mid-engine C8 Corvette on startup, then rev a bit as the driver daps the throttle. The driver even holds the Vette at a high rpm for a second before letting off.
The new LT2 sounds good, and obviously revs very quickly. The exhaust note sounds like a slightly modified 6.2L LT1 V8, which makes since given that’s exactly what the LT2 is, with just a few changes to make the LT2 fit the mid-engine powertrain layout.
As for the LT2, GM Authority has been told by sources that the new mid-engine powerplant will offer updated Active Fuel Management with an Eco driving mode, as well as new valving changes that help lower friction and provide smoother, more-efficient operation.
We also know that the LT2 will offer the same Overhead Valve (a.k.a. push-rod) configuration as the LT1, plus Direct Fuel Injection, Variable Valve Timing, and Active Fuel Management.
Output on the base-model mid-engine C8 Corvette will likely fall between 480 and 500 horsepower, which is a decent bump over the 455 ponies produced by the base-model C7 Corvette Stingray. Thus far, we believe a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be the only transmission option available.
It’s also worth noting that at least one high-performance mid-engine C8 Corvette model, probably the future Z06, will likely come with a new twin-turbo V8 engine dubbed the LT7 that we reported on a few days ago.