We are now less than 2 days away from the official reveal of the 2020 C8 Corvette and we recently found that the base model, that will be revealed on the 18th, will in fact be called a Stingray. Now we are getting information showing that the engine for the Z06 variant is likely to be coined the LT7 and it will have a twin turbo configuration. That by itself is a huge departure from the way GM typically makes high horsepower cars (GM sticks superchargers in their current high powered Corvettes) but that's only part of it!
C8 Corvette Z06 Power Plant
The Z06 version of the brand new C8 Corvette will likely make its appearance in 2021 or 2022 and when it does it's going to have a DOHC (Dual Overhead Cam) and a twin turbo configuration that is rumored to make 700+ horsepower! The Z06 has been the "middle road" in terms of performance. It's a step above the Stingray but a cut below the fabled ZR1 and usually considered the "best bang for your buck".
Fans and early adopters of the C8 Corvette shouldn't hold their breath waiting for a turbocharged Corvette to be announced this Thursday. There were CAD drawings found recently that show a short exit exhaust which are likely to be placed in the C8. The twin-turbo engine isn't expected to be available at launch but it will instead be reserved for the C8 Corvette Z06 performance trim which will be a successor to the C7 Corvette ZR1.
As I said earlier, the Z06 engine is going to be called an LT7 but don't let the "LT" prefix fool you the engine isn't based on GM's old pushrod technology. It'll likely be built on the same architecture as Cadillac's upcoming 4.2-liter twin-turbo "Blackwing" V-8 (the same one that the Cadillac team said would never be shared outside of Cadillac).
We are all waiting in heavy anticipation for the July 18th reveal! It feels like it's been forever and it's almost unbelievable that we're finally about to see this thing for real!
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