2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray Overview
The new Corvette has arrived, and it’s loaded with striking good looks, impressive stats, and a plethora of customization options. You’ll soon be able to get behind the wheel of a C8 Corvette Stingray. The model is about to enter production at the iconic Bowling Green Assembly Plant, and it’s slated to hit the market in late 2019.
Of course, the most hyped part of the new Corvette is its mid-engine layout, most often seen in high-end hypercars like the Bugatti Chiron and the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. With its new engine placement, the C8 Corvette Stingray boasts new proportions, like a lower hood line. Its cockpit has also moved forward by 16.5 inches — putting you much closer to the action. Plus, it boasts new driving modes for a more customizable experience.
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Aside from its radically restyled appearance, the new Corvette offers some snazzy new changes. For instance, you can protect your car with the GPS-enabled nose-lift feature, which allows you to lift the car’s nose when you arrive at a certain area. For instance, you could set the nose to lift when you reach your street, so your shiny new Corvette doesn’t get scraped on your driveway. The C8 Corvette also has a few other neat features, thanks to its new mid-engine layout. One such feature is the “frunk,” a front trunk, which provides enough room for a laptop bag and TSA-approved-size carry-on bag. The C8 Corvette’s traditional trunk provides more room — it can easily carry two golf bags, so you can bring your ‘Vette along for those weekend outings.
For more high-performance features, choose the available Z51 package. It adds a splitter and massive rear spoiler, adding 400 pounds of downforce, along with Available Magnetic Selective Ride Control and Performance Traction Management, among many other performance-boosting tweaks.
The C8 Corvette Stingray is available in Rapid Blue, Zeus Bronze, Accelerate Yellow, Torch Red, Arctic White, Black, Blade Silver Metallic, Shadow Gray, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Long Beach Red, Elkhart Lake Blue, and Sebring Orange.
One of the most striking parts of the C8 Corvette’s interior is its square steering wheel. We’ve covered that in detail here. Aside from its unique wheel, the C8 Corvette Stingray lets you express your style with six different interior color themes: Jet Black, Sky Cool Gray, Adrenaline Red, Natural/Natural Dipped, Two-Tone Blue and Morello Red. Additionally, you can pick from six different seat belt colors: Black, Blue, Natural, Torch Red, Yellow, and Orange. Whichever color combination you choose, you’ll get a cabin that’s loaded with high-quality leather and real metal trim.
It also boasts a digital instrument cluster, a 12-inch infotainment screen, and a long row of buttons along the center console. If you want to capture your greatest trackday runs, you’ll love the Performance Data Recorder, with driver-analysis data and a dashboard camera for reviewing your best laps.
Naturally, the C8 Corvette Stingray truly shines in the performance department. It can rocket from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, and its direct-injected LT2 6.2L V8 engine delivers 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Opt for the Z51 Performance Package and you’ll enjoy four-corner Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, performance-tuned suspension, even bigger brake rotors, a shorter axle ratio, a performance exhaust system, along with enhanced engine and brake cooling.
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Nothing much has been said about the C8 Corvette’s brake system, but it’s expected to have all of the essentials, like an airbag system, a Rear Vision Camera, active handling stability control, all-speed traction control, Brembo® front and rear performance antilock brakes, and it should come with the OnStar® Basic Plan.