The C7.R's naturally aspirated engine is gone.

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s spy shots of the new C8.R, the mid-engined Corvette race car is back to play its turbo tune. Indeed, crank up the volume and you can definitely hear the soundtrack provided by a turbocharged engine while the car is undergoing installation laps at the track. It means the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 of the outgoing C7.R will be retired to make room for a new engine benefitting from forced induction.

Our best look yet at the new Corvette

No word about what sort of transmission is responsible for channeling power to the wheels, but at the 0:15 mark, we can hear a sweet-sounding downshift. For what it’s worth, the road car is said to boast a dual-clutch transaxle gearbox engineered by Tremec and set to replace the standard manual transmission, according to Autocar.

We’ve gotten used to the idea of a turbocharged Corvette following a multitude of reports about Chevy developing a mid-engined C8. The rumor mill indicates the road-going car will have a twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 engine with 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and a beefier twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 rated at 850 hp (634 kW). If what gossipers are saying is true, there’s also going to be a natural aspirated 6.2-liter V8 with close to 500 hp.

The mid-engined Corvette is finally happening

Chevy might also be planning a hybrid Corvette C8 to arrive later in the life cycle with a combined output of nearly 1,000 hp if we were to believe the same report coming from the British magazine.

Although there are a plethora of uncertainties at this point regarding both the road and race cars, one thing is for sure: the mid-engined Corvette is as real as it gets. We might finally see the street-legal model in January 2019 during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. There’s a good chance we won’t have to wait much longer after that to check out its track-only counterpart.

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Gallery: Mid-engine Corvette C8.R Race Car Spy Shots

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