With the delay in 2020 Corvette Stingray deliveries confirmed, Chevrolet put out official performance specs for the new car today to let us know what we’re waiting for. A sub-3-second zero-to-60-mph time with the optional Z51 Performance Pack had been promised, and now it’s confirmed — coming in at 2.9 seconds using launch control along with a quarter-mile sprint in 11.2 seconds at 123 mph (assuming ideal climate, tire and road conditions, of course).
Not that the standard-equipped 2020 Stingray is a slug. The $5,000 Z51 package gives you bragging rights, but only by 0.1 second. Chevy says that the 2020 Corvette LT1 without the package ($59,995, including a $1,095 destination charge) will be able to hit 60 mph just behind at 3.0 seconds. And equipped either way, it’s still the fastest entry-level Corvette ever, with higher-performance versions still to come. The 755-horsepower 2019 Corvette ZR1 brute is only barely faster to 60 mph at 2.85 seconds.
The Z51 bundle does add other goodies that you might want for more than a drag-racing edge, such as Brembo brakes, an electronic (versus mechanical) limited-slip rear differential with shorter final gearing, Z51 front and rear spoilers and upgraded cooling, summer tires and performance exhaust. The latter also adds 5 horsepower for a 495-hp rating for the 6.2-liter V-8. You can read more details here about Cars.com’s quick spin in the Z51 C8 Corvette.
With or without the Z51 Package, you get Chevy’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle transmission, as well as preset Tour, Sport and Track driving modes, or your own settings. And the C8 Corvette has multifunction paddle shifters that include the capability to pull both paddles at once to simulate depressing a clutch, a temporary manual mode while the transmission is in drive, and the capability to hold the downshift paddle and let the transmission automatically select the lowest available gear “for a quick burst of torque.”
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