The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is Finally Here!
After decades of rumors about the Corvette switching to a mid-engine layout, Chevrolet has finally done it. Last night at a private event in California, the eighth generation Chevrolet Corvette came roaring on stage. Inspired by fighter jets, the new Corvette delivers a sleek design much like its predecessors. To cut to the chase, here is what you need to know about the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.
Models: The 2020 Corvette will only be offered in the Stingray version. There has been no announcement of a Z06 successor yet. There is an optional Z51 package for track enthusiasts or anyone looking for a bit more performance. Additionally, you can choose 6 different wheel options along with 4 different brake caliper colors. Two different badges are available in either chrome or black and the C8 also allows you to choose 12 different exterior colors and 14 total interior combinations. There are 3 different trims offered: 1LT 2LT and 3LT. Material choice between suede and leather are also present in the new Corvette along with 3 different seating type options. Ultimately, GM did not hold back providing the customer with as many choices as possible when it comes to designing their preferred Corvette.
Engine: The C8 Corvette will have a standard 490 horsepower LT2 engine but can be upgraded to 495 horsepower with the Z51 package. Full power numbers are 495 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque. An 8 speed dual clutch transmission designed by Tremec is the only transmission of choice and will drive the rear wheels.
Performance: Track times have not been announced yet despite the numerous times the C8 has been spotted at various tracks. However, the new Corvette will fire a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds. We can speculate an official time of 2.9 seconds because Chevrolet said that the only car faster off the line that was quicker was the C7 ZR1 which could do 0-60 in 2.85 seconds. Some other performance details include: A rear spoiler producing 400 lbs. of downforce, leaf springs, performance tuned suspension, an HD performance data recorder, 6 different drive modes including two new ones called MyMode and Z Mode.
New Improvements: There are some new changes to the Corvette that make it user friendly. The interior is driver friendly with the screen facing the driver and the seat itself moving 16.5 inches up closer. The car is also able to raise 40mm in the air in less than 3 seconds to prevent scraping. Not only that, but the system can operate at speeds up to 24 mph and can remember to do so at 1,000 other location thanks to the GPS. Right hand drive is now an option which means that the car will more than likely be offered overseas.
You can configure your 2020 Corvette Stingray on GM’s website but at the time of this article, the configurator is down. The 2020 Corvette will be available early 2020 with ordering banks likely opening fourth quarter of 2019.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Donovan Webb is currently attending American International College.