Is this the mid-engine Corvette's twin-turbo V8? - image 1

Is this the mid-engine Corvette's twin-turbo V8?

by Drew Johnson

A new leak appears to reveal a high-tech powerplant for the next Corvette.

A leaked image has apparently revealed the twin-turbocharged V8 destined for the engine bay of Chevrolet's next-generation C8 Corvette.

Earlier this month a leaked image revealed a naturally-aspirated V8 that's destined for the next Corvette, but that motor is likely to be the sports car's entry-level engine. The newest leak ups the ante with a twin-turbo V8 that could form the basis of the long-rumored Zora-badged Corvette.

According to the poster Michael Accardi, the image depicts Chevrolet's next-generation LT7 V8. A pair of turbos are clearly visible near the base of the engine, and the new mill will also boast DOHC technology instead of GM's traditional pushrods. Displacement is unknown at this time, but rumors suggest something between 4.0L and 5.5L.

Total output also remains a mystery, but the current Corvette top dog, the ZR1, makes 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque, so that could be the benchmark for the new LT7. However, the C8 Corvette, which will likely employ a mid-engine setup, could be much lighter than today's version of the sports car, meaning less power could provide better performance than today's ZR1.

All indications point to the C8 Corvette entering production sometime in 2019. Given that timeline, Chevy could opt to unveil its mid-engine Corvette at the 2019 edition of the Detroit auto show.