Although there are many images circulating on the internet of the C8 production version rolling around public roads, these new images are the first to have seen the new C8.R. As the C7.R who came before it, this is the racing-ready version of Corvette that will hit the race track.
Let's start with the appearance of this animal. Although the body panels are covered with digital camouflage, you can still expand their angular appearance and massive side inlet in front of the rear wheels. However, the gorormal backflow is only for track guards, so do not expect the standard C8 Corvette to come with such blooms.
When C8 [expectedly] starts next year, it will initially be powered by the transferred 6.2-liter small block V8 currently running the C7 Corvette. However, it will also be available later with a completely new turbocharged 5.5-liter flat-plan DOHC V8 engine. The engine will send power to the rear wheels with an 8-speed dual-coupling transmission.
The revised C8 version of 6.2 liter V8 is reportedly good for almost 500HP (up from today's 455HP). 5.5 liters are apparently good for over 800 hp, and a smaller 4.2 liter turbocharged V8 will allegedly pump out around 650 HP. It is expected that the C8.R will use a running version of the 5.5-liter V8 engine together with a hardened gears for the tram.
If the rumors are accurate, the C8 Corvette will debut early next year at the Detroit Auto Show.