With the brand-spanking-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 finally rolling out for delivery, the next-gen sports car is now being put to the test, with some intrepid owners strapping the Chevy to a dyno and sending it down the quarter mile with a bottle of nitrous on board. Putting break-in procedure concerns to one side, the question remains – how does the new 2020 Corvette stack up in a race?
Luckily, YouTube user Fasterproms is answering that question with a heads-up drag test that pits the C8 against a Cadillac CTS-V. The Caddy is stock, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t packing heat. Under the hood, the Cadillac CTS-V mounts the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8, sending as much as 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque towards the rear wheels.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Corvette C8 arrives with the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8, which is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the performance exhaust system.
That’s a pretty big power deficit, but the 2020 Corvette still has an ace up its sleeve, or rather, behind the cabin – the mid-engine platform. With the V8 mounted closer to the rear wheels, the 2020 Corvette has more traction than the Cadillac, and that pays off in dividends in this speed test.
The racers do several runs, including a few from a roll and a few from a dig, and the 2020 Corvette manages to hold its own. The track is also pretty dusty, and when the Cadillac CTS-V starts to spin the rears, the C8 punches back impressively. That said, when the Cadillac CTS-V hooks up, all that supercharged power and torque really show.
While the races are pretty informal, they do give a general idea of what the C8 will do when it’s unleashed. Up next, we’d love to see a longer quarter mile run on a well-prepped surface.
Stick around for the end of the video to check out the crew race the Caddy against a turbocharged Chevrolet Silverado!