It was with great anticipation that we finally bought and tested the completely redesigned Corvette Stingray, with its new rear/mid-engine layout—a configuration long favored by Ferrari, Lamborghini, and other exotic sports-car companies.
We came away from the experience impressed by the C8 Corvette’s performance numbers and thrilled with its fun-to-drive nature. But despite a super-high road-test score, we can’t recommend the new Corvette because of its—and Chevrolet’s—inconsistent reliability history.
Showcased under the glass rear hatch sits a 6.2-liter V8. There aren’t any turbochargers or hybrid electric-assist here, just 495 unadulterated, naturally-aspirated horsepower coupled with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that clicks off shifts in rapid-fire manner. Sadly, a manual transmission is no longer an option, but drivers can still shift the ‘Vette themselves by using the paddles behind the steering wheel.