The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray is the first mid-engine car in the Corvette’s 8th generation vehicle history.
Chevrolet had got to the limits of the previous generation front engine, rear wheel drive configurations and wanted to see what they could achieve with placing the engine in the middle of the car. Hence the new C8 was born, this gives the car more balanced and better handling characteristics. Some previous generation Corvette’s were a handful due to all the power and weight displacement.
0-100 km/h is under 3 seconds with the Z51 package using launch control. The engine itself is a 6.2 litre naturally aspirated V8 (LT2 engine), which makes 495 hp & 470 lb of torque. (Z51 package) Top speed is just over 305 km/h.
The gearbox is an eight-speed dual clutch which was designed specifically for the C8, there is no manual gearbox option. The dual clutch transmission gives you great up & down shifts in manual mode. Redline is only at 6500rpm, but that power is enough and remember this is the same on the entry level Stingray too. The C8 comes with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres for extra grip, complimented with the magnetic ride dampers provide the C8 with a great ride quality with the different ride modes available.
On to the interior, gone are the cheap plastic interior parts from previous generation Corvette’s, the C8 now has more nicer materials and some nice solid metal paddle shifters behind the flat bottomed squarish steering wheel. Down the centre of the interior between the front two seats is an array of buttons, above that is an 8-inch infotainment screen with Apple Car Play that is aimed at the driver, you also get a head up display unit (HUD). The interior is very driver focused with the layout, but the interior is also very spacious. Chevrolet offer various seat options from racing type seats to more comfortable plush seats for the C8. The roof panel with nice decorative stitching comes off and can be stored in the frunk to give you a more open space feeling. You also get a digital camera for the rear-view mirror; this car comes with a lot of technology.
In the USA these are great value for money compared to other similar platforms, the question is will we still see them make it to the shores of Australia now that Holden are closing their doors?