Midengine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Impresses at the Consumer Reports Track
Radical new design marks a new chapter for America’s sports car
A true, all-new Chevrolet Corvette is a rare occurrence. Throughout the brand's history, Corvettes typically have gone many years between dramatic overhauls, punctuated by a mid-cycle update that freshens the exterior and interior while continuing to use the core mechanical bones. The 2020 Corvette Stingray marks a bold new chapter, with the iconic sports car moving from its traditional front-engine design to a midengine configuration.
This means a completely fresh look, with a design more akin to a Ford GT or a Ferrari than anything in Chevrolet’s production history. A large 495-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine has been placed behind the driver. Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard. And there is no more manual transmission. My, how things have changed.
The eighth-generation Corvette (aka C8) is made at the Bowling Green, Ky., factory. Pricing starts at $59,990, although finding one at that price may be a challenge. The 2LT version starts at $67,290, and it adds adjustable suspension, an upgraded stereo, heated/vented seats, and a head-up display. The current top version is the 3LT with leather interior upgrades. Plus, there are many options that can further enhance the car’s appearance and performance.
We have driven the all-new Corvette, prior to buying one. Below are our first impressions.