A few weeks ago, we examined the new 2020 Corvette C8 in terms of available interior space, comparing Chevrolet’s latest mid-engine sports car to the previous front-engine Chevrolet Corvette C7 to see how the two matched up. Now, we’re once again comparing the C8 against the C7, this time with a focus on the two models’ exterior dimensions.
|Dimension||Corvette C7||Corvette C8||+/- Corvette C8|
|Wheelbase (in. / mm):||106.7 / 2710||107.2 / 2722||+ 0.5 / + 12|
|Overall Length (in. / mm):||176.9 / 4493||182.3 / 4630||+ 5.4 / + 137|
|Overall Width (in. / mm):||73.9 / 1877||76.1 / 1934||+ 2.2 / + 57|
|Coupe Overall Height (in. / mm):||48.8 / 1240||48.6 / 1234||- 0.2 / – 6|
|Convertible Overall Height (in. / mm):||48.9 / 1242||48.6 / 1234||- 0.3 / – 8|
|Front Track (in. / mm):||63 / 1600||64.9 / 1648||+ 1.9 / + 48|
|Rear Track (in. / mm):||61.7 / 1567||62.4 / 1586||+ 0.7 / + 19|
The big takeaway here should be obvious—the 2020 Corvette C8 is bigger than the Corvette C7. Significantly bigger, actually, and in almost every single measurement as well. The only way in which the 2020 Corvette C8 shrank compared to the Corvette C7 was in overall height, with the new mid-engine sports car dropping two-tenths of an inch compared to its predecessor.
The rest of the dimensions are up by a big margin. The wheelbase is now half an inch longer, while overall width is 2.2 inches wider. What’s more, both the front and rear track are wider, growing 1.9 inches and 0.7 inches, respectively.
However, the biggest gains can be found in overall length, where the 2020 Corvette has grown a whopping 5.4 inches compared to the preceding Corvette C7. That’s pretty massive.
At the same time, interior dimensions are down across the board, as we examined earlier. However, as we pointed out, the loss in interior dimensions aren’t as significant as we first expected. Indeed, Chevy did a good job packaging the 2020 Corvette to maximize interior room, and the expanded exterior dimensions no doubt help quite a bit in that regard as well.