Over the past decade or so there have been rumors of a mid-engine Corvette, but enthusiasts and industry experts were quick to dismiss them. Chevy seemed like the last marque to embrace change, particularly with a proven moneymaker. But turns out, the rumors were true and we have finally laid our eyes on it. The verdict from the crowd? Mixed feelings, with a healthy dose of excitement at the changes thrown in. This is not your “wash it on Saturday, drive it to the Club” Corvette. Purists of the brand may feel a twinge of shock. After all, the Corvette has been a front-engine rear wheel drive car for its entire lifespan, so why change now? Who cares if it looks darn good?
The Corvette has been one of the big three’s most consistent high performers apart from the occasional Ford GT or Dodge Viper, the apple of the GM enthusiast sports car loving eye for more than 50 years. It’s held its own against overseas rivals, especially for the money. So why change? Well, why not? The new model allows GM to truly puts its hat into the ring (literally) against European and Japanese competitors who embraced mid-engine power a while ago. On paper, the new Stingray looks like it could be a viscous Nurburgring contender for years to come.
The 2020 Corvette will sport an all-new 6.2L LT2 V8, along with a standard dry-sump system and continuously Variable Valve Timing. This engine puts out a meaty 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Mated with an 8 speed dual clutch transmission, it’s a real performer regardless of where the engine sits.
What else makes it stand out from it’s ancestors?
- Only a single part has been carried over from the last generation
- Door handles and the hatch and hood releases have been hidden for a perfectly clean appearance and improved aerodynamics
- The all-new LT2 V8 engine is visible through a rear hatch window
- Available Engine Appearance Package adds carbon-fiber components as well as LED lights to illuminate the engine
Some other cool features of the 2020 Corvette are its use of GPS and hydraulics to automatically lift the car over speed bumps, which is pretty neat. This feature can really come in handy for those dreaded speed bumps.
There is not a lot of info on this yet and Chevrolet is doing their best job to tease the public but you can follow any 2020 Corvette updates here. This a a huge step for the bowtie brand, especially after saying goodbye to the Camaro nameplate. It’s a bold move forward.