Chevrolet Corvette

The iconic Corvette is now a mid-engine design, the same format as exotic super-cars from Ferrari and Lamborghini. Under the rear glass hatch is a 6.2-liter V8 producing readily available 495 hp. The engine is coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic that shifts in a rapid-fire, direct manner. Not only is the soundtrack glorious, but we clocked it at 3.4 seconds from 0 to 60 mph.
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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.

Impressions Handling It doesn’t take more than approaching the first corner to realize that this Corvette was cut from a different cloth from its predecessors. Gone is the feeling of a nose-heavy car—instead, the C8 turns into corners in an immediate way that only midengined cars do.
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