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GM ‘Hasn’t Tried’ Fitting Cadillac Twin-Turbo V8 Into Mid-Engine Corvette

That Doesn’t Mean That We Won’t See Something Similar, However

2020 C8 Corvette Teaser

Believe it or not, the Corvette development team “hasn’t tried” fitting the Blackwing V8 engine into the C8 mid-engine Corvette, according to GM President Mark Reuss.

“We can do anything with enough time and money, but we’re not sure we want to do (that) because it’s Cadillac exclusive,” said Reuss last month at a Cadillac event. The 4.2L LTA V8 engine he is referencing, nicknamed Blackwing, introduces a new DOHC V8 engine architecture exclusively in the engine bay of the 2020 Cadillac CT6-V. It produces a very robust 550 horsepower and a thunderous 627 lb-ft of torque. We’d say that’s good enough for a mid-engine Corvette, but even upon its reveal just over a year ago, former Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen also made it clear to the automotive media that the Corvette would not get this engine specifically.

Digging a little deeper, MC&T has come to understand that the all-new mid-engine Corvette will indeed not get the LTA V8, but it will see even higher-output versions of the engine architecture in upcoming variants. After all, General Motors wouldn’t go through the trouble to develop a single engine from a new architecture, and then put it in a low-volume sedan with a highly questionable future. Well, it might. But thankfully that’s not the case here.

Rest assured, other (extremely powerful) DOHC V8 power units are coming. Just don’t expect them at the C8 Corvette reveal on July 18, 2019. Additional evidence that this is indeed a forthcoming plan is that this new 4.2L Blackwing engine is suspiciously assembled by hand next to Corvette engines in Bowling Green, Kentucky. So the tooling is already down there, ready to use for when higher-output Corvette models launch with DOHC V8 engines of their own.

The new Corvette will start with a familiar formula – a small block pushrod V8 similar to the 6.2L LT1 found in the C7 Corvette, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro SS. However, in this mid-engined application, the engine is called LT2. We’re not sure just yet on its output, but we’re likely to know in nine days.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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