It is quite impossible not to fall in love with the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. Conceptualized as early as the 1950s, the Corvette is the most consistently produced coupe. The latest Stingray Z51 is the 8th generation in the Corvette family and promises to be better than ever before. One doesn't have to be a car enthusiast to realize how the recent launch is proving to be a game changer.
The next generation of sports cars is likely to borrow elements from the Chevrolet Corvette. It has evolved leaps and bounds through the years. Chevrolet once had sharp contours, which helped distinguish it from others in the league. These days, smooth aerodynamic design takes precedence, giving it an attractive sporty look.
Manufacturers claim that the latest model has "aerodynamic components integrated throughout," which offer utility as well as design. So, how is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette different from its predecessors? Let’s take a closer look at these stunning photos of the 2020 Corvette to find out.
20. Need For Speed?
First things first, what does the latest Corvette has to offer in terms of speed? Rest assured, it is better than the last one – by how much is an entirely different story. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, which stays true to the statement made by officials at the unveiling. It is 1.1 seconds better than the previous model.
19. The Unveiling
The 2020 Corvette Stingray was first unveiled on July 18, 2019, in Tustin, California. Auto enthusiasts all over the world were seen rejoicing at the revolutionary mid-engine Corvette prototype, the first of its kind in the entire star-studded legacy of the brand. Naturally, this machine garnered massive expectations from the audience.
18. The Magic Top
The Chevrolet Corvette almost always had a convertible top, so much so that it has almost become a trademark for the company. This time, Chevrolet proudly flaunts how the hard-top folds magically without compromising rear storage space. Even at over 30 mph, the folding action, powered by six electric motors, executes seamlessly.
17. Mid-Engine Revolution
Most sports cars boast about a high-powered engine under the hood. However, the Corvette 2020 comes with a mid-engine securely nestled behind the passenger seat. In two of the trims, you can find LED lights adorning the mighty power-machine, little sparkles of light visible through the rear windows. Chevrolet is making sure nobody can unsee the transformation.
16. Horses Or Ponies?
The Corvette 2020, with its well-sculpted looks and a radical system, is definitely a horse. The 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 engine in C8 generates 495 hp, which is a little over its predecessor. The LT1 allegedly generates 490 hp. In terms of numbers alone, the performance is not extraordinarily upsized when compared with the C7.
15. A Stunning Orange Corvette
The Corvette has three trim options, where the "lightest Stingray" costs almost $60,000. The difference between these trims can add roughly 10 grand to the price of the car. For this "top-up," you can get a top-of-the-class sound system, immense customization in terms of interior colors and designs, front view and rearview cameras, and complete climate control.
14. Automatic Transmission Only
The Corvette comes with a quick-shifting automatic eight-speed transmission. It does not offer a manual transmission variant. But its well-calibrated system helps you reach top speed in record time – 122 mph in 11.2 seconds. So proud Corvette owners can focus on the road without worrying about shifting gears and without compromising the quality of the drive!
13. Efficient - Or Not?
In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2020 Corvette delivers 15 mpg in the city and about 27 mpg on the highway. As per the Chief Engineer at Chevrolet, Ed Piatek, you can enjoy roughly 500 miles on a single tank of fuel. This can (hopefully) get you halfway across the country without needing refueling. In the sports vehicle category, this is an impressive accolade.
12. Weight Distribution
More than 60% of the new Corvette’s weight is placed at the rear by design. And as any car enthusiast knows, placing the power machine at the rear works wonders. Rear-axle is where the thrust is needed the most. This gives it a competitive advantage right from the start. Compared with C7s, the C8 is definitely leading.
11. Wheels & Maneuvering
The Michelin all-season tire offers convenience and stability round the clock. With a combination of 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels, the Corvette is not only steer-friendly but also remarkably silent, even at speeds over 70 mph. The tire grip makes an excellent choice for safety and easy maneuvering.
10. Boot Space
With all the amazing features that the 2020 Corvette has to offer, it couldn’t possibly skimp on storage. The rear boot space is sizable enough to store two medium suitcases. If you have some more luggage to store, you can find additional space right at the front, under the hood. Although it isn’t exactly a ‘family’ or a ‘trip’ car, it does offer the most basic functionality of being a four-wheeler.
9. Seamless Design
Chevrolet takes design concerns very seriously. To ensure a perfectly clean, end-to-end appearance, door handles, and latches are hidden in plain sight. They are made to look like a part of the design, a popular characteristic for most sports cars around the world. In hindsight, some Corvette owners are probably going to have a great time pranking their loved ones.
8. And It Is Out!
Almost 8 months after the design and concept were first revealed to the public, the first batch of 2020 Corvettes Stingray was rolled out for purchase in early February 2020. The first-ever unit of 2020 Corvette Stingray was auctioned for $3 million in January. What’s more, according to an official spokesperson, Corvette 2020 sales have already reached the first year production target!
7. Corvette Fans In Japan
If these statistics aren’t enough, there’s another remarkable one: within the first 60 hours of launch, Chevrolet sold over 300 Corvettes in Japan, where the currency equivalence for the base Corvette is $91,000! So, is the Corvette wildly popular there, or is it just a status symbol - only time will tell. The only thing we’re sure of is that there will be over 300 Corvettes on the roads of Japan shortly.
6. Ferrari Rip-Off?
Some critics blame Chevrolet for copying the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, mixing it with a not-as-premium build, and launching the Corvette as a sports car for masses. Copying may be a valid claim considering the design and the color choices Chevrolet offers. Juxtapose this with those who cannot afford the likes of Ferrari, they have little to complain about!
5. Color Choices
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette comes in three new colors: Accelerate Yellow, Zeus Bronze, and Rapid Blue. Previous colors in the option tray include Black, Blade Silver, Arctic White, Long Beach Red, Elkhart Lake Blue, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Sebring Orange, Torch Red, and Shadow Gray. Even though it may sound confusing, these colors mean as much to car enthusiasts as lip colors mean to makeup lovers!
4. Outside A Garage, With A Classic Interior
The interior of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is classic as usual, with plush leather seats and a luxe center console. There are six interior themes to choose from, jet black, adrenaline red, natural dipped, sky cool gray, morello red, and two-tone blue. The catch? These color choices are only available to buyers who resort to invest in the Corvette 3LT.
3. No Carbon Body Kits
If you are a diehard fan of Chevy’s carbon body kits, there’s some bad news for you. This time around, they have decided to remove this popular option from the Corvette configuration. Amidst chaos and criticism, Chevrolet released an official statement that this decision had been made due to problems with the suppliers.
2. Cruising Now With High Ratings
On the whole, the all-new Corvette has received decent tapering towards the high-end ratings from most car enthusiasts around the world. Nevertheless, given the expectations surrounding this car since its debut, it seems to have missed the mark in certain places. More reviews are likely to start pouring in now that the Corvette is available for the public.
1. Did You Know?
Corvette was named after a warship, which explains its legacy of high-end, indestructible presence, the right philosophy governing its growth over the years. Chevrolet has recently shared "The Vision Realized: 60 Years of Midengine Corvette Design," a document containing detailed sketches made by the finest engineers in the company - nay, the world! The framework for this Corvette was laid back in the 1950s!