Midengine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Impresses at the Consumer Reports Track

Radical new design marks a new chapter for America’s sports car

2020 Chevrolet Corvette on CR test track

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 midcycle 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 V8 engine has been placed behind the driver. And there is no more manual transmission. My, how things have changed.

Production for the eighth-generation Corvette (aka C8) will begin at the Bowling Green, Ky., factory in winter 2020. Pricing starts at $59,995, although finding one at that price may be a challenge. The 2LT version starts at $67,295, and it adds adjustable suspension, an upgraded stereo, heated/vented seats, and a head-up display. The current top version is the 3LT, at $71,945, which upgrades the interior with leather. 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, and CR members can access our initial impressions below, as well as ratings across all the products we evaluate, including appliances, cars, and electronics.

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What we rented: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
What it competes with: Acura NSX, Audi R8, Nissan Skyline GT-R, Porsche 911
What it looks like: An exotic supercar and a felonious speeding ticket on wheels
Powertrains: 495-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine; eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Price: $59,995-$71,945
On-sale date: Spring 2020 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette rear