Jay Leno has just about the best retirement gig that any auto enthusiast could ask for: he gets to sample all sorts of interesting cars, both old and new, and share his thoughts and opinions on them with fellow passionate car fans like us.
Considering the popularity of both Jay himself and his car show Jay Leno’s Garage, it was really no surprise that he was the first non-General Motors employee to get a good look at the new 2020 Corvette Stingray and film a video with it.
So, what did Leno think of the new mid engine, eighth-generation Corvette? We won’t ruin the entire segment for you, but Leno loved the fact that the 2020 Corvette Stingray had a sophisticated dual-clutch transmission and not a torque converter (especially considering the price), lots of luggage space, the airplane cockpit-inspired cabin, squared steering wheel, easy cabin ingress/egress and of course, the sound of the 6.2-liter LT2 Small Block V8 engine.
Joining Jay to present the new 2020 Corvette Stingray for this clip is chief engineer for the program and longtime GM performance car engineer, Ed Piatek. Leno jokes that this is probably the first time Piatek has been outside since work on the vehicle began, and while funny, we’re sure that Piatek is quite relieved that his creation is finally seeing the light of day.
Leno will probably get a better, more in-depth look at the 2020 Corvette Stingray when the new season of Jay Leno’s Garage debuts on August 28. For now, though, you can hear what his initial impressions of the new mid-engine car were by checking out the video embedded above.