Following a livestream debut event in Tustin, California, the mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 has finally arrived. This latest eighth-generational changeover brings with it a brand-new platform and performance strategy for the iconic sports car, introducing a host of changes to the nameplate. Here are the highlights.
Let’s start with the powertrain. Mounted just behind the cabin in the midship position, the mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 is motivated by the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, which produces 495 horsepower at 6,450 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 5,150 when equipped with the performance exhaust. That’s an increase of 40 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over the standard Corvette C7 Stingray. And because the engine is now mounted in the middle, rather than up front, even higher power levels (such as will be offered by the upcoming Z06 model) will actually be put to good use.
The sprint to 60 mph takes less than three seconds with the Z51 Performance Package, making the C8 the quickest entry-level Corvette of all time.
Output is sent to the rear wheels through the new M1L dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. No word yet on a manual transmission option, but it’s looking unlikely.
Inside the cabin, customers will have access to GM’s latest infotainment goodies through a next-generation high-resolution screen mounted adjacent to a 12-inch customizable instrument cluster. Highlight features include wireless phone charging, real-time traffic info, and learn-as-you-go voice recognition. On the comfort side of things, the C8 will offer a heated steering wheel and three seating options with increasing levels of lateral support.
The mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 also boasts all-new styling, with more-balanced proportions in line with the model’s new mid-engine layout, as opposed to the nose-heavy, cab-back proportions of the previous Corvette C7. LED tail lamps and low-profile headlamps take care of lighting, while a large rear hatch shows off the V8 powerplant. A removable roof panel lets in extra atmosphere, and can be stored in the rear trunk. Further storage is found up front, and both trunks combine to offer upwards of 12.6 cubic-feet of cargo volume.
Handling chops are upped thanks to Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0, which is available with the Z51 Performance Package. The package also includes larger brake rotors, improved cooling, and a performance exhaust, among other components.
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