2020 Chevy Corvette Boasts Supercar Looks, Impressive Specs

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, Automotive Editor - July 19, 2019

Ever since the first Chevrolet Corvette made it’s debut back in 1953, the American icon has always had its engine at the front and power going to the rear wheels – the classic sports car layout. For roughly 50 years, the automaker has hinted at the possibility of a mid-engine blueprint to increase the Corvette's performance. But it never happened. Now, after years and years of anticipation, the 2020 Corvette goes mid-engine and brings mighty performance, as well as a stunning design with it.

Chevrolet finally took the wraps off of the all-new C8 Corvette and it’s the first-ever production mid-engine nameplate in the automaker’s history. Let’s start with the performance, as it’s staggering and truly supercar-like. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 called the LT2. Output is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which makes the entry-level C8 the most powerful base Corvette ever. Sorry manual transmission fans, the C8 is only available with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic and is the first Corvette to come with a DCT. While Chevy didn’t provide official figures, zero to 60 mph is expected to take less than three seconds.

For some context, the most powerful Corvette from the previous generation, the C7 ZR1, put out 755 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and could make the sprint to 60 mph in roughly the same amount of time. The zero-to-60 mph time also puts the all-new C8 into the same league as the Ferrari 812 Superfast, McLaren 570 S, and Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 – a list of bona fide supercars.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Underneath the body, the Corvette ditches leaf springs for modern coilover springs and monotube shocks. The sports car is also available with General Motor’s Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 that can adjust the vehicle’s suspension depending on road conditions.

For even more performance, Chevy will offer a Z51 Performance Pack on the C8 that brings a performance-tuned suspension, a performance exhaust system, enhanced cooling, larger brakes, and a bespoke axle ratio. A new “Z Mode” has been added to the Corvette’s list of driver modes that allows drivers to adjust the engine, transmission, and chassis to their liking.

The mid-engine layout has given Chevrolet the ability to pen the most radical body for the Corvette ever. The sports car sits on a new platform that uses aluminum and carbon fiber, while the body looks unrecognizable compared to the C7 generation with a much more exotic design. Dramatic, edgy lines dominate the exterior design, which is a sharp contrast to the previous generation’s flowing bodywork.

Chevrolet claims the canopy-forward stance of the all-new C8 Corvette was inspired by F22 and F35 fighter jets. Usually, a statement like that is mostly marketing jargon, but it’s true, as the cockpit now sits 16.5 inches forward in the body than ever before. That drastic change gives the C8 a much more athletic stance than the C7. Because of the location of the engine, the C8 has massive scoops that sit immediately in front of the rear wheels, instead of small ones that were located directly behind the front wheels on the C7.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

At the back, the C8 is just as dramatic, but a little more familiar. The dual-element LED taillights have a similar design to the units found on the C7, while the centrally-located exhaust system on the previous Corvette has been ditched for a quad exhaust layout. A large rear hatch allows owners and passerby to marvel at the engine and also houses seven vents for the engine to breathe properly.

Chevrolet’s caught some slack for the Corvette’s interior for a few years, as the cabin left a lot to be desired. That’s completely changed for the C8, as the sports car sports a high-end cabin with upscale materials. The hexagonal steering wheel is an odd design, but the rest of the interior is radically more modern. The lengthy transmission tunnel lacks a traditional shifter, as Chevy’s integrated an Electronic Transmission Range Selector that has pull toggles for Reverse and Drive. Park, Neutral, and Low/Manual are accessed with push buttons.

While the overall cabin is much nicer and sportier than the C7 Corvette, there’s an odd strip of buttons separates the driver from the passenger. The lengthy piece features various buttons for the HVAC system, heated and ventilated seats, as well as defroster controls. Having a strip of buttons cleans up the design of the center console and allows the eight-inch touchscreen that’s angled toward the driver to shine. But having approximately 20 buttons in sequential order at an odd angle may prove to be troublesome. Still, the interior makeover matches the exotic, European feel of the C8 Corvette’s exterior design and looks leaps and bounds above the outgoing C7.

The changes make the C8 Corvette look much more expensive than generations from the past. But the 2020 Corvette will still be an affordable sports car, as Chevrolet states pricing will start under $60,000.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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