The Vette is finally mid-engined, following through on Zora Arkus-Duntov’s dream of a production-spec sports car with a cabin ahead of the drivetrain and a Chevrolet Corvette badge on the body. As a result of this major layout change, the 2020 Corvette C8 now sports 40/60 front-to-back weight distribution, as revealed in an alleged internal GM document leaked last August. But what does that mean for performance, and how does it line up with other mid-engine sports cars on the market?
For starters, a mid-engine layout is considered the ideal setup for a performance application, as evidenced by its use in a variety of motorsport programs.
One of the benefits has to do with weight distribution. Typically, a mid-engine layout places more of the vehicle’s weight over the rear axle, thus providing greater traction for the rear tires. The end result is crisper acceleration, as well as more reliance on the rear brakes when decelerating.
We covered all of this in a previous post on why the Corvette is going mid-engine, so check that out for more info on the subject.
Moving on, it’s worthwhile to see how the 40/60 weight distribution of the 2020 Corvette compares to other mid-engine sports cars out there. As such, we put together the following table. Note that the models listed here are not necessarily direct rivals of the 2020 Corvette, but they still provide a good comparison point for the new Vette.
|Model||Front-To-Back Weight Distribution (%)|
|2020 Corvette C8||40/60|
|Audi R8 V10 RWS||40/60|
|McLaren 570S Spider||42/58|
|Lamborghini Huracán EVO||43/57|
|Porsche 718 Cayman||46/54|
As we can see, the 2020 Corvette looks to be on the tail-heavy side of things with regard to weight distribution, at least compared to other standout mid-engine sports cars. This definitely helps it to achieve the claimed sub-three-second 0-to-60 mph time—making it quicker than the 760-horsepower 2020 Ford Shelby GT500.
It’s also worth pointing out that once the driver climbs aboard the Corvette C8, weight distribution should shift slightly towards a 50/50 balance, which in turn enhances driving dynamics.