GM gifted the world the mid-engine Corvette that we all have been eagerly waiting for. Everyone here at West Chevy of Knoxville have long enjoyed that the Corvette has been labeled as the American muscle car that most individuals can afford. With its shift to a mid-engine layout, the ‘Vette has since reached supercar status that it has claimed for many generations before.
Making its star-studded debut alongside the C8 itself is GM’s LT2 V8 engine. This is a massively powerful 6.2-Liter, naturally-aspirated small block motor, that is based upon the outgoing LT1. It now features an increase in valuable track-tuned power and torque. Its new major upgrades include a more economical intake and exhaust system, brand-new lubrication system, and new camshaft. The LT2 also sees some of its biggest changes to the fuel delivery and management systems and some other very minor engine calibration adjustments.
Some of the most hardcore Corvette fanatics have not been as much of a praising sense when it comes to the lack of major performance upgrades for this system, but stricter federal standards have long made their mark on exactly what happens during major overhauls. Even though this massive and very capable LT2 doesn’t come with any power upgrades or notable economy improvement, it should result in lower exhaust emissions to embrace the future of motoring and options that lean towards future mandates and provisions. Chevy’s decision to provide drivers with the accessible mid-engine supercar that has long been awaited will prove to be its beating heart, as well as projecting and very aggressive soul.
With a heftier amount of weight sitting on top of the rear suspension, the car can provide great traction for the rear tires which allows for more responsive acceleration and a dire need to rely on the rear brakes. No one doubts for a second that you’ll pay much mind when the base-model C8 catapults itself from 0-60 in just three seconds flat and brandishes a quarter-mile time of just 11.2 seconds. With a top speed of 123 MPH, you’re not going to be dawdling around on any track that exists in America. Tweaks to the lubrication system have all seen the addition of a dry-sump oil system thanks to the Corvette’s now enhanced capabilities on the demanding track.
There have been a few shortcomings related to hydrocarbon pads, the manual transmission, and a few issues with valve springs. This is an engine that will long be revered for its immense power and acceleration off the line where it matters most. The Corvette has found its way into supercar status by a painstaking engineering and development process, and twin-turbo systems that can slay any highway or two-lane road to palpable bits!