By Veeno Dewan
The new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the first ever mid –engine production Corvette and launches the new C8 into a completely new joining the ranks of the Super car brigade. The C8 s designers put the 6.2-liter V8 in a mid- engine configuration under a transparent engine cover- just like a Ferrari. It is not a pretty car, but it is aggressive and swoopy looking with its plethora of ducts, bulges, vents, and wings that will keep some people happy. The pointed front fascia is Jet fighter like gives the C8 a menacing predatory look, the middle section is a cab forward design while the square brutish truncated rear end round off the design.
The C8 is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine with cylinder deactivation paired with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The V8 offers 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque that can rocket the Corvette from 0-to 60 mph in around 3.0 seconds. A new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard, no manual tranny, although there are wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The hi-tech interior is snug, and driver and passenger are separated by a high center tunnel. Optional eye searing red leather seats look brilliant and work well with mix of metal and black trim that dominates the cabin. Hits of red trim and accent pieces also add panache to the interior. The aircraft theme continues inside with a centralized gauge/infotainment cluster, and squarish steering wheel with just two spokes, no the customary two. The all-digital instrument is enhanced by a 12.0-inch high-definition display. There are three separate gauge modes that reflect the mirror the three main driving modes (Tour, Sport, and Track). Tour is a digital speedo and circular tachometer unit. Sport adds red accents and shifts the speedo out of the center of the tach, replacing it with a gear indicator. Track mode features a horizontal tachometer with a larger gear display. There is also a large head-up display that displays the primary elements of the digital cluster.
Options include: three customizable seat options, staggered wheels (19s in front, 20s in back), sport exhaust, red brake calipers, and the Z51 performance package producing 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque for a sub-3.0-second 0-60 mph sprint.
Even at a base price of Canadian $72,495 plus options, fees and taxes the C8 Corvette is still a bargain when you compared it against supercars that cost a whole lot more. Watch out for a test drive.