With its new, exotic styling and mid-engine configuration, you may not immediately recognize the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as a Corvette. In its eighth generation, the Corvette remixes a classic.
Take one look at the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 through the rear-hatch window and you’ll know this Vette is different from its predecessors. The mid-engine design is a first, but so are most of the other parts in this thing; Chevy says only one part was carried over from the previous generation. It’s also the fastest Vette of all time, going 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat. After a production delay, C8 Corvettes are finally tearing it up on the roads.
If you want to know everything about the C8 Corvette, check out Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek’s full report via the related link above. For the quick rundown, here are all the things we like (and a few we don’t) about the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette:
Things We Like
1. Low Starting Price
This Corvette starts at an impressively low $59,995 (including a destination charge). Such a low starting price means that adding fun options and extras, or even opting for an upper trim, is more affordable.
2. Road-Trip Ride
It’s clear that a comfortable ride was important to Chevy in making this Vette. The coil-over suspension makes for a refined and controlled ride with great road isolation. The new mid-engine design puts 60% of the weight over the rear axle, aiding traction. At highway speeds, the standard tires — Michelin Pilot Sport all-seasons — make for a peaceful ride. The standard exhaust is quiet, though you can opt for the roaring performance exhaust system, a $1,195 add-on.
3. Terrific Transmission
The eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard in the C8, and while a manual transmission is no longer offered, a Manual mode and paddle shifters offer a taste of it. Still, the dual-clutch is great; Bruzek said its calibration is much smarter than a manual driver could be, especially in the Z51 version. Even at the smallest change on the throttle, it picks the perfect gear. Downshifts are rev-matched and smooth.
4. Z51 Performance Package
The Z51 Performance Package adds $5,000 to the price, but it also adds a bunch of bells and whistles, including Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, standard performance suspension with manually adjustable ride height, electronically controlled limited-slip differential and more. All of these additions make it pretty fun to drive, especially on the track: Handling is crisp, and the car feels highly responsive. Chevy says the Z51 will go 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds. A Performance Data Recorder, now in 1080p definition, can record video of your drive and internal engine audio — a sound only topped by that of the performance exhaust, standard on this model.
5. Driver-Focused Interior
Even on the base model, the Vette’s interior feels top-notch. This is especially true on the driver’s side. The cockpit-like configuration puts everything within the driver’s reach — an 8-inch touchscreen, square-shaped steering wheel and optional wireless charging cradle designed to keep your phone locked down even at high speeds.
6. Personalizable Settings
Press the silver “Z” on the steering wheel to activate a fun feature of the Corvette: settings configurable to your liking. If the preset modes don’t let you drive exactly like you want to, you can adjust the steering assist, throttle, suspension firmness, transmission mapping, active exhaust levels and even brake pedal feel.
7. MPG Is Efficient (for a Sports Car)
Sports cars aren’t usually able to tout their fuel efficiency, but this 490-horsepower V-8 gets an admirable 27 mpg EPA highway rating.
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Things We Don’t
1. Low Visibility
With its new mid-engine design that puts the engine (and a lot of the car itself) behind the driver, the Corvette has some visibility issues. The rear window makes it difficult to see over your shoulder, especially because you’re looking through two panes of glass instead of one. There’s an available camera display on the rearview mirror that’s meant to alleviate this problem, but it’s too close to focus on for many drivers. Blind spot visibility is poor, as well. While the passenger-side mirror is a bit bigger than the one on the driver’s side, it’s still not big enough to really see where you need to.
2. Not a Lot of Standard Safety
Visibility is a problem that certain safety features — like blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts and a camera-based rearview mirror — might be able to ease. However, these features are not available, even as options, on the base 1LT Corvette.
3. Odd Passenger Seat
You might not want to call shotgun in this Corvette. The cabin is really tuned to the driver, so passenger comfort seems largely forgotten. A high center console acts as a sort of wall, leaving the passenger feeling isolated.
4. Storage Space
The old Vette boasted a lot of cargo room for a sports car, but this new generation’s design splits up 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space into front and rear trunks. If you’re planning to fold the hardtop roof back and stash it in the rear trunk, there’s even less space to work with. Though the Corvette is not likely to be an owner’s only car, this lack of space is not ideal if you have to make an impromptu grocery run.
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