Car and Driver magazine has included the 2020 Corvette Stingray on its 10Best list, handing the mid-engine sports car yet another industry accolade.
The publication says that by moving the Corvette’s engine from the front to the middle of the car, Chevrolet has “not only taken its performance to new heights,” but also catapulted the car “from mouth-breathing, tire-smoking semi–muscle car to supercar disruptor in a single bound.” The Corvette was already a thorn in the side of the mighty Porsche 911, but with the C8 Corvette, Chevrolet may be even more successful in taking the fight to its old German rival.
Car and Driver also gave the C8 Corvette points for its on-paper performance. With the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine making 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, the mid-engine sports car will hustle from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and chew up the quarter-mile in just 11.2 seconds at 122 mph. Performance like this isn’t just impressive for a $60,000~ car – it’s impressive period. The magazine’s editors also found the LT2 V8 and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to be “as refined as they are responsive,” during their testing – even in thick Los Angeles traffic.
They were also impressed with its quietness and overall comfort when on long-haul trips, saying it rides “with silken compliance,” and said the build quality and the materials are vastly improved over the front-engine C7 Corvette.
With improvements made in virtually every major area and a very approachable starting price of $59,995, it’s no surprise that the 2020 Corvette Stingray has been named one of the 10 best cars to buy and own for the 2020 model year. The only drawback here is that customers will have to wait at least until the second month of 2020 to receive their 2020 model-year vehicle – with the 40-day UAW strike having pushed back production until the beginning of February. We’re sure Chevy is hoping the performance and quality of the car will make buyers immediately forget they had to wait a bit longer to receive their Vette.
The 2020 Corvette Stingray was also named Motor Trend‘s Car of the Year for 2020 for many of the same reasons that Car and Driver dubbed it one of the industry’s 10Best. Performance, value and overall refinement convinced Motor Trend editors to hand the car the magazine’s highest honors – marking only the second time in history the Corvette has been named Motor Trend Car of the Year.
Source: Car and Driver