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.
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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.

Best Version to Get
The first step is to decide between the coupe and convertible body styles. Note that the coupe has a detachable roof panel, known as a “targa top,” that can make the Corvette feel almost as open-air as the convertible. Either way, we would go for the mid-level LT2 trim to get the upgraded audio sys...
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2-door hatchback 2LT V8-cyl 8-speed Sequential
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