Chevrolet finally revealed the full numbers of their new mid-engine Corvette C8 and exceeds expectations.
“The performance of the 2020 Stingray has far exceeded our expectations,” said Alex MacDonald, Chevrolet vehicle performance manager.
The base, $69,998 Corvette Stingray (in Canada), without the Z51 Package, can do the 0-60 mph in three seconds flat and can do the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 123 mph.
“Moving more weight over the rear wheels helps us get off the line quicker, but it’s the integration between the powertrain and chassis that really takes the performance to new levels,” added MacDonald.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 with the Z51 Package can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds on its way to an 11.2 seconds quarter mile trapping at 121 mph.
All of this wouldn’t be possible without the 6.2L LT2 Small Block V8 engine paired with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine, when equipped with the performance exhaust, is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
“The LT2 is one of our best efforts yet in Corvette’s history of naturally aspirated high performance Small Block V-8 engines,” said Jordan Lee, GM’s global Chief Engineer of Small Block engines. “This engine is incredibly powerful and responsive. Power is readily available when the driver needs it.”
Unfortunately, we also learned today about the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray officially being delayed until February 2020. Confirmed by a Chevrolet spokesperson to Motor Authority, the production of the first mid-engine Corvette will indeed only start in 4 months or so.
This delay in production was caused by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union strike that went on for six weeks and affected the Bowling Green assembly plant, among others.