Prior to the debut of the all-new 2020 Corvette C8, we posited that the new mid-engine layout could hurt overall passenger room and cargo space, at least when compared to the outgoing front-engine Chevrolet Corvette C7. Well, the C8 has touched down and it’s time to see if we were right, so we dug into the spec sheets to find out.
Listed below are the dimensions for the interior and cargo areas for both the 2020 Corvette C8 and previous-generation Corvette C7.
|Dimension||Corvette C7||Corvette C8||+/- Corvette C8|
|Headroom (in. / mm):||38 / 962||38 / 962||Equal|
|Legroom (in. / mm):||43 / 1092||42.8 / 1086||- 0.2 / -6|
|Shoulder Room (in. / mm):||55 / 1397||54.2 / 1381||- 0.8 / -16|
|Hip Room (in. / mm):||54 / 1371||52 / 1321||- 2 / -50|
|Coupe Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L):||15 / 425||12.6 / 356.8||- 2.4 / 68.2|
|Convertible Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L):||10 / 283||TBA||-|
Looking over the numbers reveals some interesting things. Yes, the 2020 Corvette C8 has less interior room and cargo space when compared to the front-engine C7, but the differences are not significant. Clearly, GM clearly did a fantastic job packaging the C8, with the mid-engine car having only minimal losses in both areas.
The biggest loss is in cargo space, which makes a lot of sense given the mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 splits its trunk area into two separate spaces, including one in front of the cabin (also called a front trunk, or “frunk” for short), and one behind the engine.
This is obviously a big change compared to the Corvette C7’s sizable rear trunk accessed via a large hatch-like door. Meanwhile, the C8 will still accommodate the removable roof panel in the rear trunk area.
The rest of the 2020 Corvette C8’s interior dimensions aren’t far from those of the C7. Hip room is down two inches, but shoulder room is only off by 0.8 inches, while legroom is down 0.2 inches. Headroom is identical between the two generations of the legendary American sports scar.
We’re certainly happy to see relatively spacious accommodations inside the 2020 Corvette. After all, the nameplate has traditionally been a Grand Tourer-type of vehicle, offering comfort and speed wrapped into a single stylish package that can be driven to any occasion. Luckily, buyers still get loads of interior room with the C8, even with the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine mounted just behind the cabin.