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The 2020 Corvette is Chevy's first American supercar

By Shawn Knight · 45 replies
Jul 19, 2019
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  1. General Motors at a media event on Thursday evening officially unveiled its eighth-generation Corvette. It’s the first mid-engine Corvette in the model’s history and it’ll start at under $60,000 according to GM President Mark Reuss.

    The base model 2020 Corvette Stingray will pack a 6.2-liter V8 (LT2) pumping out 495 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque (with the Z51 performance package) that’s mated to an eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. At just 3,366 pounds, the mid-engine Chevy can reportedly sprint from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds with help from the grippy 305/30ZR-20 tires at the rear.

    The Vette’s driver-centric cockpit is also unique, or as some might say, controversial. It’s equipped with a large infotainment screen like those seen in Tesla vehicles as well as a curious vertical row of buttons that line the sizable center console which provides plenty of separation between driver and passenger. There’s also a dual-spoke, hexagonal steering wheel and plenty of nifty tech under the hood.

    One of the Vette's top party tricks is the front lift, a GPS-assisted active suspension system that elevates the front end by nearly two inches to help tackle speed bumps and steep driveways.

    Production is set to begin in Bowling Green, Kentucky, later this year. In the interim, you can tinker with the Corvette Configurator to build a Stingray to your exact specifications.

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,105   +1,208

    It just had to be red.
    noel24 and learninmypc like this.
  3. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 545   +268

    Vettes have been considered super cars since the c5 Z06
    darkich, Underdog and Digitalzone like this.
  4. B5S46M

    B5S46M TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +46

  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,119   +2,406

    I wonder how often it will have to be in the repair shop...
  6. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Addict Posts: 116   +113

    Mentioned under the first image's sub-text.
  7. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Addict Posts: 116   +113

    Beautiful Ferrari, not a Corvette though. Chevy should just make this a new model altogether. I really like it but it looks nothing like a traditional Vette. That said, I wish I owned one. lol
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,869   +616

    Repair shop? Maybe computer shop,lol.
    Underdog and wiyosaya like this.
  9. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 499   +369

    Lol what are you talking about? Do you know anything about the long run tried and true of theChevy pushrod and how dependable it is ,light weight easy to work on, cheap to buy and cheap to add big power. The LS engine is still one of the best engines ever made and others are putting that engine in Euro cars. I worked at Chevy and rarely saw a Vette in the shop or trucks, just mostly cheap crappy Cobalts, Cavaliers, Sunfires, Impala's ( with the 3.1multi port and 3.4L ). I own and modded and tuned LT1 Camaro Z28 and my LS1 Camaro SS.

    Want garbage buy Dodge. Read up about the issues on their Hemi's now. Failure rate is high and happen at low mileage.
  10. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Evangelist Posts: 433   +509

    Starting at under $60k is impressive for what you're getting. Can't wait to see how it does on a track, too.
    thews86 and Raytrace3D like this.
  11. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 760   +593

    I like it other than a couple things:

    *the excessive scoops on the sides detract from the body line flow
    *the "infotainment" is a distraction (eye sore) plus looks like they glued a monitor to the dash.
    *the console is huge. A much smaller one would have saved weight.

    I am looking forward to reviewing the handling compared to other cars. I would like to have seen a picture of how the engine sits/accessed in the car other than a 50 foot view through the window.
  12. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 523   +468

    Medical term is "inferiority complex".
    Puiu and Peter Farkas like this.
  13. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,504   +3,897

    Many have tried and failed with the mid-engine ... just hope Chevy has better luck!
  14. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 193   +169

    If anything I like the direction Chevy is taking the corvette
    Dimitrios likes this.
  15. bea108

    bea108 TS Enthusiast Posts: 39   +15

    Wheels, engine and seats will get it to 100K real fast. LOL
    gusticles41 and wiyosaya like this.
  16. YSignal

    YSignal TS Booster Posts: 39   +30

    All the wedge shaped supercars look the same to me anymore regardless of company.
    Puiu, Underdog, p51d007 and 1 other person like this.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,072   +4,080

    p51d007 and wiyosaya like this.
  18. Danster1616

    Danster1616 TS Booster Posts: 45   +13

    This is like a mix of a Ferrari and Audi R8 lol.
    Dimitrios likes this.
  19. murphious

    murphious TS Rookie

    Nice looking car for the price! I would have expected $80k plus. Probably fully loaded may tip into that range or even $100k? Makes me wonder what the people plunking down upper 50 thou for a well equipped Camaro think about it. Unfortunately, auto insurance always seems to determine who can afford to buy a Corvette.
  20. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Addict Posts: 116   +113

    PLPD Baby! YOLO!
  21. Aus spot

    Aus spot TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +22

    For somone not in usa. The report missed some important information (yes I live streamed the reveal).

    Right hand drive and export has been confirmed.
  22. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,119   +2,406

    I think @QuantumPhysics will likely have some input on the subject! :laughing:
  23. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 883   +380

    I like the look of the new C8, as others have pointed out it's not the first american super car, we have had plenty since the 90's (saleen S7, Viper, Corvete Zr1, Z06, Ford GT). I like how this builds on the changes to the C7. Chevy has to make cars for today/ tomorrows customers, not the last 3 decades. Sure the old farts in the corvette owners club will complain, but what are millennials and gen X buying when they want a sports car and have the money? Mid-engine Lamboghinis, Ferrairs, Audis, just about anything not Chevy, dodge, and mustang. C7 was a bid to make the classic front engine corvette look more aggressive and appealing to the younger generations and it worked well looking at production figures, this was the next logical step to invade more of those euro cars market as well as improve the performance for someone looking at a corvette. I would like to see a corvette classic every few years, just a basic front engine old school inspired corvette, nothing crazy performance wise, just a basic model current C7 corvette inspired car, good little fun cruiser with some pep to it.
  24. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,584   +931

    "One of the Vette's top party tricks is the front lift, a GPS-assisted active suspension system that elevates the front end by nearly two inches to help tackle speed bumps and steep driveways."

    One of its top party tricks? lol
    Oh Chevy....
  25. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,119   +2,406

    And there were these two:
    More RIP mid-engine cars

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