Chevrolet has brought Zora Arkus-Duntov’s over half-century vision of a mid-engine Corvette to life with the introduction of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. And while many expected the new C8 to be catapulted into another tax bracket, Chevy managed to keep the price under control, with a starting price of under $60K.
Powering the 2020 Stingray is Chevy’s next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust or Z51 Performance Package — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.
Paired with a lightning-fast TREMEC eight speed dual-clutch transmission (sorry, no manual), the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette rockets from 0-60 in under three seconds (when equipped with the aforementioned Z51 Performance Package). If the “base” Corvette is this fast, we can only imagine what the upcoming Z06 is going to be like. Seriously, the exotics out there should be shaking in their boots!
The decision to go to a mid-engine layout gave the 2020 Corvette better weight distribution, better responsiveness and sense of control due to driver positioning closer to the front axle, a better view of the road due to lower positioning of the hood, instrument panel and steering wheel and dual trunks for a total of 12.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, ideal for luggage or two sets of golf clubs.