There’s tons to love about the new 2020 Corvette C8, and just like anyone else reading this, we could provide a long list of things we like about Chevy’s new mid-engine beast. Meanwhile, Chevrolet has a list of reasons that its all-new C8 is better over the outgoing C7, and we now know what those are, thanks to an internal document acquired by GM Authority.
The document lists the following key innovations and features:
- First affordable mid-engine V8 supercar
- Unexpected utility for this configuration
- Great forward visibility
- Increased interior space and seat travel
- Dual Trunks – can hold 2 golf bags; ample luggage for road trips
- Removable roof panel stores in trunk
- Standard paddle-shift 8-speed DCT with Electronic Shift
- LT2 Small-Block V8 engine with dry sump oil system
- Strong Aluminum Structure with Carbon Fiber Components
- Value / Attainability
- Practicality / Space
- Features of a Daily Driver
- Power to weight ratio
- Segment leading sales
- Powerful V8
- Corvette equity
Add Exotic Car Attributes
- Exotic Supercar Proportion
- Exotic Supercar Performance
- Steering Feel = Fun to drive
- Excellent Forward Visibility
- Exotic driving experience
- Ability to package HP V8
- Attract new customers
As evidenced during last month’s 2020 Corvette debut in California, Chevy frames the C8 as a reimagining of an icon, offering a mix of affordability and exotic flavoring in surprisingly equal proportions. It’s this duality that lays at the heart of Chevy’s approach to the new C8, despite the seemingly incongruent nature of the two characteristics. It can really be summed up with Chevy’s line that the new 2020 Corvette is the “first affordable mid-engine V8 super car.”
Thanks to advanced aerodynamics and new mid-engine proportions, the 2020 Corvette offers both form and function, which combine with an advertised sub-$60,000 starting price tag to pair value and attainability with exotic super car looks and performance.
Chevy also points to the surprising practicality and utility offered by the 2020 Corvette, including great forward visibility, a good deal of cabin space and dual trunks, with the rear cargo section holding the removable roof panel without issue. Chevy also says the C8 will hold up to two golf bags, or “ample” luggage for a road trip.
And yet, the 2020 Corvette still has the performance to back its claims to supercardom. The “base” Stingray model cradles GM’s 6.2L LT2 small-block V8 engine that mates to the M1L paddle-shift eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with Electronic Precision Shift. Under the skin is an aluminum structure, while select carbon fiber components keeping the power-to-weight ratio in check. The steering feel also keeps the fun factor nice and high.
Daily drivability along with an exotic driving experience are a tricky combo, but according to Chevy, the new 2020 Corvette Stingray pulls it off. Of course, we’ll have to give it a spin for ourselves before we can sign off on a claim like that, but so far, so good.