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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is shaping up to be quite the change for the new model, revealed in California, January 2020. We’re talking about a whole new design that’s going to change the way consumers look at and drive the Chevy muscle car. Known as the “Mid-Engine C8”, the 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray comes with a 5.5-liter V8 engine able to generate up to 490 horsepower, but this muscle car packs a lot more punch than one would think. Perhaps the largest change to the vehicle is the relocation of the engine. Consumers will no longer find the engine in front of the driver.
For 2020, the Chevy Corvette Stingray is the first corvette to not have a motor in the front of the car. This Chevy comes with the engine in the rear, a new design that’s putting an end to a tradition that’s lasted the Chevy Corvette nearly 70 years. This is a huge redesign to the model, and one that will definitely change the way it performs in sales and on the road for the next few years, if not longer.
In fact, this design was implemented to improve the C8’s performance and match that of the competition while still offering an affordable price. We’re not sure how affordable an estimated starting MSRP under $60,000 is for the normal populace, but we assume the term is relative and the core consumer base for the Chevy Corvette has that kind of cash to spend on a muscle car. We’ll know more about the real price when it goes on sale in late 2020 (ETA).
As mentioned, the engine is a 490hp V8, tied to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. All of that power is directed to the rear wheels – interesting that this wasn’t changed with the engine already putting more weight in the rear. Plus, if consumers opt-in for the available Z51 performance package, the 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds. This makes it an opponent for other vehicles in the segment just as fast but cost 3x as much.
Unlike other models, the 2020 Chevy C8 suspension comes with A-arms (also known as control arms) and coil springs in each corner. Also optional are computer-controlled adaptive dampers that can further enhance the comfort of the ride and how well it responds to the driver. Overall, the new Corvette Stingray comes with an aerodynamic design to keep it planted to the road, even at high speeds. That should be helpful with all the weight in the back.
Anyone wondering where is the trunk space? Like most Chevy Corvette models, consumers will find the usual trunk space in the rear but behind the engine. There’s enough to fit two golf bags, and up front where the engine bay usually sits is another storage compartment that looks big enough to fit a large cooler. Again, we’re talking about the usual Chevrolet Corvette consumer base here.
More importantly, the all-American sports car was recently spotted in the wild. Although not yet in production in mass, the track-focused Z06 trim level of the mid-engine Corvette was spotted in California in January near Borrego Springs. Although covered in padded black vinyl disguise like most prototypes, the sound of the engine sounded nothing like what Corvette drivers would expect. Mid-engine or not, this is shaping up to be a racing car. Look for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on NowCar as early as late 2020 for the 2021 model year.