The next-generation Chevrolet Corvette has been spotted testing its chops on the Sebring racetrack at night. The test mule’s mid-mounted engine makes a glorious sound through the exhausts.
Spy shots of the next-gen Chevrolet Corvette surfaced on the internet for the first time back in August. Fans and prospective customers of the American sports car have been devouring every little tidbit of information available in earnest urgency. While Chevrolet itself has remained tight-lipped about the project’s headway, a new video of the car testing at Sebring International Raceway at night has appeared on YouTube for us to enjoy.
The eight-generation Chevrolet Corvette will assume a radically different design due to the mid-engine layout.
There is not much to take away visually because of the dark confines of the racetrack. The silhouette is largely similar to the early batch of spy shots of the C8 Corvette. The lights are on, giving us a hint to what the final version’s headlamps and taillamps will look like. And judging by the twin pops of blue flame that momentarily appear after a gearshift, perhaps Chevrolet is dropping the famed inline quad-pipe setup that has become sort of a signature of the Corvette.
The big news here is the exhaust note. This is the first video that lays bare the sound of the Corvette test mule on the move. It is almost certainly a V8, but finer details like displacement and power figures can’t be deduced. The test mule sounds positively ferocious with a deep rumble to be heard when the engine speed is steadily going down. The pops and crackles between gearshifts are also great to hear, and so is the wail of the engine at higher revs.
The prototype spotted at Sebring gave away its lighting patterns during the furious laps of the Sebring racetrack.
Judging by all the spy shots of the Corvette present online and now the video, it looks like the car is shaping up to be a real gem. Mid-mounted V8 engine, extensive aero package, and the stylish design have us excited for the American sports car’s launch. Rivals like Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT, Audi R8, and Jaguar F-Type should keep a lookout, for the new American is coming for a piece of their pie.