Chevrolet just officially announced that the mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 will debut as a Stingray model on July 18th, 2019. It’s worth noting that GM Authority reported as much over the recent past thanks to information provided by sources familiar with the matter.
The Stingray name originally came to be when the second-generation Corvette debuted as a Sting Ray in 1963. This nameplate ran until 1976, at which point the base Corvette dropped the Stingray moniker.
But Chevy revived the Stingray name in 2014 for the seventh generation Corvette, aka Corvette C7. Hence, today’s announcement that the 2020 Corvette C8 will use the Stingray name is confirmation that the name will live on. The name is generally well-received and liked within the Corvette community.
GM Authority has been told by sources that the 2020 Corvette C8 will be powered by a 6.2L V8 engine called the LT2. The naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder is a slightly-reworked LT1 currently used in the Chevrolet Camaro SS, the new Camaro LT1, as well as the current Corvette C7 Stingray and Grand Sport.
We’ve been told that the LT2 will offer updated Active Fuel Management via an Eco driving mode, as well as new valving changes that help lower friction and provide smoother, more-efficient operation. In the mid-engine Corvette, the LT2 is expected to make somewhere in the vicinity of 480 horsepower. Chevy recently shared a sound clip of the engine starting up and revving.