The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the least updated cars on the automotive industry. So new a new Corvette launch always pikes some interest among the ‘Vette aficionados. The 2020 Corvette C8 stingray also brings the biggest change in Corvette’s history – a mid-engine.
The production of a mid-engine Corvette has been in the rumors for quite some time now. It comes as no surprise as this layout has a drastic influence on the vehicle’s acceleration, braking, and handling characteristics. Mark Reuss, president of Chevrolet’s parent firm General Motors, also said that “the traditional front-engined vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout.”
Corvette C8 – What’s under the hood? Or rather, what’s behind the driver?
Powering the Corvette C8 is the same V8 but with loads of tweaks and sits behind the driver now. It also gets a new name – LT2. It now runs on a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 and makes around 490bhp, 495bhp with the optional Z51 Performance Package. Also, what comes as a sort of disappointment the ‘Vette fans is the only choice of transmission available. The new C8 only comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch. No more manual.
The car is no slouch when it comes to performance, on the other hand. It can reach 100kmph from a standstill in just under 3 seconds. Impressive! The C8 runs on a double-wishbone suspension with Magnetic Ride 4.0 adaptive dampers, launch control, an electronic limited-slip differential.
Design and Dimensions
One look at the new C8 and you can definitely see many visual cues borrowed from the older Corvettes. The sharp line overall, the design of the hood and the lights are all similar to the older ‘Vette. The silhouette kind of resembles a Ferrari, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The interiors are top-notch too. There’s hardly any plastic in sight. Real leather, metal and carbon fiber makes the interiors look – luxurious?
The car is now longer by 137mm to 4,630mm. The wheelbase is also stretched to 2,723mm. It is also wider by 56 mm at 1,933mm. The extra length will hardly be noticeable as the driver now sits almost a foot closer to the nose. The new Corvette is also a little heavier, weighing in at 1,527kg.
With a mid-engine, the C8 can now compete against the famous European supercars like the Ferraris or the Lamborghinis. Sure it may have lesser power on paper and is a naturally aspirated V8. But the price the new C8 will be offered at will make it almost drool-worthy. Starting at under $ 60,000 (around INR 41 lakh), it is safe to say it will be one of the cheapest supercars. But unfortunately, the company has no plans of bringing this to India even though it is available with an RHD option.