The mid-engine C8 Corvette is slated to be revealed next week, so naturally rumors of the details are starting to swirl. Once such detail is the fact that GM engineers have reportedly not even attempted to use the Cadillac Blackwing V-8.
Muscle Cars & Trucks reports GM President Mark Reuss confirmed his team hasn’t tried slotting the beastly V-8 into the new Corvette for a very simple reason.
“We can do anything with enough time and money, but we’re not sure we want to do (that) because it’s Cadillac exclusive,” Reuss told the publication at a recent media event.
The twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V-8 churns out 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque in the Cadillac CT6 and is rumored to eventually power a variant of the CT5-V in the future. Cadillac has held firm that the V-8 is exclusive to them, which seems to be echoed by Reuss’ remarks.
The launch engine for the C8 Corvette is rumored to be a new iteration of the C7’s 6.2-liter V-8 dubbed the LT2. However, a DOHC V-8 is expected sometime in the future, a proposition strengthened by the fact the Cadillac Blackwing V-8 is produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky where the C8 will be built.
Rumors suggest the C8 will ultimately gain a 5.5-liter DOHC flat-plane crank V-8, both in naturally aspirated and turbocharged flavors. The engine is expected to generate nearly 600 horsepower without the turbocharger bolted on, but up to 800 horsepower with the additional air.
It’s unclear when the DOHC V-8 powered C8 will show up, but we know for sure the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will be revealed on July 18th.