Now, Chevrolet is finally launching, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. That is nothing less than a paradigm shift for America’s iconic sports automobile, bringing to life the vision of a mid-engined Corvette first conceived by Zora Arkus-Duntov over a half-century ago. Numerous mid-engine prototypes have surfaced via the decades, with just a few of those almost getting the green light for manufacturing. With 60 years of anticipation, the question now is whether or not the C8 was worth the wait. Considering Chevrolet says you’ll be able to step into this automotive for less than $60,000, all indications point to a resounding.
the stats suggest it’s off to an excellent start as well. As expected, the engine sitting behind the passengers is a V8 6.2-liter, procured from the LT1 that powered the C7 Stingray, but it’s mainly an all-new beast. That mill is now dubbed LT2, as a result of design changes required for mid-engine duty and the rise in power is received.
Talking of, the 2020 Stingray makes 490 horsepower – 495 hp with the optional Z51 Efficiency Package – which is a considerable jump over the 460-hp LT1. There may be some disappointing news for row-your-own enthusiasts, nonetheless. That power is managed exclusively by a new dual-clutch eight-speed computerized, though you possibly can still swap cogs at will with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. And yes, it nonetheless goes exclusively to the rear wheels.
Contemplating just how important a change this is for the Corvette, there are all kinds of room for the C8 to be a disaster. So far, everything appears rather impressive. However, maybe the most shocking news of all is the price. We haven’t been given a firm figure, but GM estimates the C8 Stingray will begin at less than $60,000. That is just a bit more than the C7’s starting figure, which suggests the Chevrolet Corvette might well remain the bang-for-buck performance champion of the world.