Timing for Mid-Engine Corvette Race Car and Convertible Revealed

The C8 Chevy Corvette's story is far from over.

Kelly LinWriter

Soon, we'll see the Chevrolet Corvette convertible in its full topless glory. On its social-media and YouTube accounts, Chevrolet indicated the convertible will debut this fall alongside the C8.R race car.

We've seen this footage of the convertible and race car before, but now Chevy is captioning it with "to be revealed fall 2019" on YouTube. We don't have any specs yet on the Corvette convertible; we just know from the photos it will be a good-looking car. The droptop will use the same potent 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but it will likely offer less cargo space than the coupe's 12.6 cubic feet. It's quite possible the convertible will also be thousands of dollars more expensive than the C8's sub-$60,000, pre-destination-fees starting price.

As for the C8.R race car, we don't have much concrete information on this model, either. But given that endurance racing requires the kind of reliability only years of development can bring, the race car is likely to pack a variant of the LT5.5 V-8 derived from the ZR-1's engine, which powered the C7.R. There have been rumors the C8.R will eventually be powered by the 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V-8 from Cadillac. Whatever engine it uses, the C8.R has a strong legacy to keep up with.

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