The new Corvette Stingray is here. Read all about it.
More anticipated than the Toyota Supra, Ford Bronco, and every new Star Wars film combined, th long-awaited mid-engine Corvette is finally here after more than a half-century of teasing and empty promises. You can read all about the 2020 Corvette Stingray at the debut article below, or keep reading for a summary of everything we know. Spoiler alert: even though the C8 is official, there are still details Chevrolet as yet to reveal.
What Is It?
It all started with a prototype. In 1964, Zora Arkus-Duntov (father of the Corvette) built the XP-819, a mid-engined vision of what the front-engined Corvette could be. Multiple mid-engined Corvette prototypes followed, and more than 50 years later, we finally have a production model.
Our first look at the mid-engined C8 Corvette came in 2016. Soon after that, it seemed like photos and videos of the vehicle popped up monthly. Now with hundreds of spy photos, artist renderings, and multiple videos, we're closer than ever to the production model.
From what we've seen thus far, it will be the most hardcore Corvette ever. In base trim, it slots well against vehicles such as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, but as it evolves, the American supercar could battle tough competitors like the McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo, not to mention the Ford GT.
What's The Corvette's Price?
Here's one of the details that we don't yet have full disclosure on, but the initial estimate is simply astounding. The 2020 Corvette Stingray will have a base price below $60,000. For the record, that's just a few thousand more than the current entry-level C7 Corvette, and when you see the car's performance, you'll be even more impressed.
What About The Corvette's Engine And Transmission?
As speculated, the Stingray is fitted with a 6.2-liter V8 derived from the LT1 used in the current car. It's called the LT2 and actually, it's quite a different animal. With the Z51 Performance Package the engine develops 495 naturally-aspirated horsepower, and it sends that power to the rear wheels exclusively through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Sorry manual fans, but you can still control cog swaps by hand through paddle shifters on the C8's steering wheel.
Beyond the Stingray, engines are a bit of a mystery. We've heard persistent rumors that the C8 will eventually offer new DOHC engines ranging from 4.2 liters to 5.5 liters in size, with twin turbos and high-revving flat-plane crank designs also in the mix. An ultimate Corvette with an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain has also been strongly hinted at. These engines will almost certainly have ties to the new Cadillac Blackwing V8, though a recent report claims the Blackwing mill hasn't been fitted to the C8.
How Much Horsepower Will Future Corvettes Have?
The base model C8 is off to a good start with 495 hp. However, we expect that power to go up significantly with the eventual debut of higher-trim models. 650 and 800 hp are figures we've heard most often for "mid-range" editions. At the top of the Corvette range, we could see a bonkers hybrid with over 1,000-hp driving all four wheels.
What Will Other C8 Corvette Models Be Called?
On July 15th, Chevrolet confirmed publicly for the first time that the 2020 C8 Corvette will debut as a Stingray. It's a classic moniker that's been part of the Corvette pedigree for decades, but where does the new mid-engined supercar go from here? Z06 is likely to return at some point, as is Grand Sport. However, with the engine now mounted behind the driver, we've heard rumors that Zora – in honor of Zora Arkus-Duntov – could be used for the eventual range-topping model. The name has been trademarked, so it will likely appear at some point.
What Does the C8 Corvette Look Like?
The many renderings we saw of the C8 leading up to its reveal turned out to be darned near perfect. The new Stingray actually incorporates many familiar styling cues from the C7, notable with the taillights and front fascia. The side scoops, however, have an undeniable similarity to those of the Corvette Indy and CERV III mid-engine concept vehicles from the late 1980s.
Inside, the new Corvette Stingray has an all-new interior bisected with a massive tunnel separating driver and passenger. It's driver-centric with a wrap-around feel and two large digital displays, one for the instrument cluster and the other for the infotainment screen. Curiously, a long row of buttons runs the length of the console, bucking the trend of moving all interior functions into the infotainment display.
How Fast Is The C8 Corvette?
Here's where it gets very interesting. Chevrolet says the 2020 Stingray can run 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds. That's on a car equipped with the Z51 Performance Package so it probably won't fall into the under $60,000 price range, but still, that's an astounding figure for any car at that price point, never mind a mid-engined two-seat supercar. Quarter-mile and top speed figures for the 2020 Stingray haven't been released yet, but an unrestricted speed close to 200 mph is likely.
Where do we go from here?
Shortly after the C8 reveal, GM showcased the new Stingray convertible to attendees at the California event. With the big unveiling finally complete, GM is planning a nationwide tour with its new supercar, visiting dealerships across the country. Complete pricing will eventually be announced, and though a production date hasn't been revealed, it's expected to begin late this year with availability early in 2020.