The 2020 Corvette C8 has a lot to prove. With an all-new mid-engine platform and some serious performance claims behind it, it’s time to put up or shut up for the eighth-generation Chevy icon. With that in mind, we’re happy to report that initial testing is looking good. Very good, actually.
Road & Track recently posted that it managed to run the new 2020 Corvette to 60 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds, fulfilling the sub-three-second promise made during the new Vette’s debut. As the publication points out, that’s an enormous improvement compared to the C7’s 3.9-second run to 60 mph, and a true testament to the performance potential of the new mid-engine platform.
“That jaw-dropping result comes from the ultrashort gear ratios that Chevrolet chose for the Z51-package C8 to take advantage of the additional grip available on the mid-engine car’s rear tires,” writes Road & Track’s Jason Cammisa. “At full tilt, the shift from first to second occurs at just over 30 mph. Second maxes at 55 mph. The manual-transmission C7, for comparison, did 51 mph in first.”
The 2020 Corvette’s naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 is also praised for its pleasing exhaust noise and sharp response. To note, the LT2 produces 495 horsepower at 6,450 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 5,150 rpm when equipped with the optional performance exhaust system.
To help put that 2.8-second 0-to-60 mph sprint into context, we’ve listed below the 0-to-60 mph times for a number of other modern sports cars. Note that the vehicles listed are not necessarily considered direct rivals to the 2020 Corvette, but rather are listed merely for comparison purposes.
|Model||0-60 MPH (seconds)|
|2020 Corvette C8 Stingray Z51||2.8|
|Porsche 718 Cayman||4.5|
|Porsche 911 Carrera||4.0|
|Lamborghini Huracán EVO||2.5|
|Audi R8 RWS||3.7|
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Source: Road & Track