FindItMore | In 1964, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Corvette, built the XP-819, a mid-engined vision of what the front-engined Corvette could be. Many mid-engined Corvette prototypes followed yet none ever reached production level. Finally, more than 50 years later, we finally have a production model – the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray. Here are the 11 most important things to know about it.
1 – The entry-level C8 Corvette has a new 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that puts out 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. That’s 35 more than the current Corvette Stingray. If you opt for the performance exhaust, output increases to 495 hp and 470 lb.-ft. According to the sales staff at Matthews Hargraves Chevrolet (Royal Oak, MI) more powerful engines will be available soon.
2 – For the first time, the Corvette doesn’t have a manual transmission! The 2020 Stingray will get an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission to “provide lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfer,” Chevrolet said in a statement. According to Chevrolet, it’s paired with an “electronic transmission range selector,” which eliminates the mechanical connection between the shift stick and the transmission. It also incorporates paddle shifters for those who want to choose their own gear.
3 – Thanks to the LT2 V8 motor and transmission, the entry-level Corvette with the Z51 package will sprint to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds. That’s more than half a second quicker than the 2019 Corvette, a major improvement.
4 – Leaf springs are gone. The C8 uses coil-over springs and mono-tube shocks, a setup that’s mainly notable because of how long the ‘Vette used a signature arrangement of transverse composite leafs. The C8 is also available with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, the updated version of GM’s excellent adaptive magnetorheological damper system that promises faster, smoother responses to changing road surface conditions.
5 – The optional Z51 Performance Package offers a host of upgrades to the standard 2020 Stingray, including a performance-tuned suspension with adjustable threaded spring seats, larger brake rotors, a shorter axle ratio, the performance exhaust, and enhanced engine and brake cooling. GM’s Performance Data Recorder, with driver-analysis data & dashboard camera for reviewing your track-day performance, is also available.
6 – Putting the engine in the mid-ships in the C8 greatly improves handling but also moves the driver forward, creating a “racecar-like view” out the front windscreen. According to Chevrolet, the interior was inspired by the cockpits of jet fighters. specifically the F-22 and F-35.
7 – The 2020 model is still a Targa. The roof comes off & that is stored in the trunk as before.
8 – Despite putting the engine where the cargo typically goes, Chevrolet has still made room for two cargo compartments — one in the nose, one behind the engine. Combined, these two compartments can hold two golf bags or the five-piece luggage set that was designed to fill the 2019’s model’s roomy hatchback.
9 – Ready for this? The C8 offers GPS-enabled suspension lift technology. The 2020 Corvette can raise its nose up by 1.6 inches and can save up to 1,000 GPS locations where it will automatically do so. Why is this so important? Like a lot of sporty cars, previous Corvette’s low-slung nose trim was frequently damaged by parking blocks & many other such obstacles.
10 – For the first time, the Corvette will be available with the steering wheel on the right side for the UK and Asian markets.
11 – Despite some rumors to the contrary, pricing on the C8 Corvette will start below $60,000.