Although the 2020 Corvette C8 has officially been announced and is now on tour across U.S. dealerships, we’re still waiting on all the official numbers and specs from Chevrolet. Luckily enough, a recently leaked GM document appears to provide a good deal of the info we’ve been waiting for, including vitals like its curb weight. So, with that in hand, we’re putting the C8 side-by-side with both the previous-generation C7 and several other mid-engine sports cars to see how it stacks up in regards to heft.
Previously, Chevy provided us with the 2020 Corvette C8’s dry weight of 3,366 pounds. However, dry weight figures can be deceptive, as they don’t include all of the stuff necessary to, you know, actually drive the car (engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and the like). By contrast, curb weight is a better measurement when it comes to vehicle comparisons, as it includes all of those necessary fluids.
According to the leaked GM document, we know the base-model 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe has a 3,535-pound curb weight, while the C8 Stingray with the Z51 package tips the scales at 3,577 pounds. For this comparison, we’ll focus only on hardtop models.
By comparison, the previous-generation C7 was quite a bit lighter, with the C7 Stingray Coupe weighing in at 3,298 pounds, a full 237 pounds less than the base-model C8 Stingray Coupe.
|Model||Curb Weight (pounds)|
|Base 2020 Corvette C8||3535|
|2020 Corvette C8 Z51||3577|
|C7 Corvette Stingray Coupe||3298|
|C7 Corvette Grand Sport||3428|
|C7 Corvette Z06||3524|
|C7 Corvette ZR1 Coupe||3560|
It should come as no surprise that the generational transition included some weight gain (the same thing happened between the C6 and C7 generations), but how does the 2020 Corvette compare to other mid-engine sports cars? To find out, we gathered up the specs.
Note that the vehicles listed here are not necessarily direct rivals for the 2020 Corvette, but rather, they are listed merely for comparison purposes:
|Model||Curb Weight (pounds)|
|Porsche 718 Cayman||2944|
|Porsche 911 Carrera||3153|
|Lamborghini Huracan EVO||3500 (estimated)|
|Audi R8 RWS||3505|
|2020 Corvette C8 Stingray||3535|
|2020 Corvette C8 Stingray Z51||3577|
Clearly, the 2020 Corvette is on the heavier end among current rear-and mid-engine sports cars. However, let’s keep in mind two things.
First, this is the base Stingray model we’re talking about. Meanwhile, the forthcoming Corvette C8 Grand Sport could replace some body panels with lighter ones, similar to the previous C7 Grand Sport, so the Corvette C8 GS might be lighter still.
Second, is the price. The 2020 Corvette C8 is the second least-expensive car in the comparison, starting at just a few thousand more than the least-expensive car in the class – the Porsche 718 Cayman. Hence, being slightly heavier than some other mid-engine cars that are significantly more expensive does not prevent it from being a true world-class super car in every sense of the phrase.