Summer 2019 Reveal
The standard coupe has a removable roof panel for open-air driving. Chevy also announced a true convertible with a folding roof is on the way.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray finally achieves the original ambition conceived in 1960 for a mid-engined Chevrolet sports car. The worry had always been about customer reception and “living with a mid-engined car.” Now, Chevrolet has realised the only way to stay relevant today amongst a plethora of supercars, nay, even hypercars is to join them.
The reconfigured Corvette C8 brings customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury with watch-words like “Lean”, “Muscular”, “Motion” and “Power”.
The heart of the changes is the 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine — producing 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque — placed in the middle of the car; the most horsepower and torque for any entry-level Corvette.
The mid-engine configuration provides better visibility, responsiveness and driving feel. The new engine placement makes for rear weight bias, directing more power to the rear wheels where needed. The standard transmission is an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The all-new V8 engine is visible through a rear hatch window. For showoffs, the optional Engine Appearance Package adds carbon-fibre bits as well as LED lights to illuminate the engine.
VIDEO: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Reveal
Only a single part has been carried over from the last generation. More about that later.
The door handles, hatch and hood releases have been hidden for a perfectly clean appearance and improved, smooth, aerodynamics. The windshield over the front wheels improves downforce without the need for a front air dam.
Magnetic Ride Control 4.0
This suspension damping system is available with the Z51 Performance Package. It reads the road every millisecond and adapts automatically within 15 milliseconds. The suspension fluid contains metal particles that align with a generated magnetic field to become rigid in an instant, varying the stiffness of the suspension appropriate for the road conditions and loads.
Focused on the driver, each detail is designed to provide you with a natural and immersive driving experience. Each control, switch and button is exactly where it needs to be for use. There are three seat combinations to choose from.
Top Right: Standard on 1LT and 2LT models, the GT1 seat is wrapped in Mulan leather and designed for long distance support.
Bottom Right: Available on 2LT and standard on 3LT models, the GT2 seat is wrapped in genuine Napa leather with carbon-fibre trim and a seatback halo.
Bottom Left: The Competition Sport seat has aggressive bolsters for track driving, with performance textile in high-wearing areas.
VIDEO: Corvette C8 Proposed Cockpit
The new C8 is equipped with a comprehensive command centre. From the latest Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 8-inch diagonal colour touch-screen to the optional Front Lift, every feature is included to improve your drive. Your driving skills and safety may be enhanced by new technologies like The Performance Data Recorder and colour Head-Up Display.
The “dashboard” is now a 12-inch diagonal reconfigurable digital instrument display for all driver information and features three distinct themes. Options include Enhanced Navigation with 3-D View and Bose Performance Series 14-speaker audio.
Simplified Bluetooth® pairing with NFC is engaged by placing your compatible phone above the volume button to pair with the car and optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi® connection.
Performance Data Recorder
Your digital driving coach is back and better than ever with 1080p recording that provides a high-quality reproduction of your drive. Capture acceleration speed, braking, gear choice, sound and more with this available feature designed to help make you one with the car. And when you’re away from the track, PDR can act as a dash cam with auto-record for your daily drives.
Additionally, PDR is equipped with Valet Mode that can be used to monitor the use of your Corvette when others are driving, recording video and vehicle data, letting you park with peace of mind.
VIDEO: Performance Data Recorder (PDR)
The front cargo area is large enough to carry an airline-size overhead bag, while the rear trunk can hold two golf bags or the removable roof panel.
You have a choice of wheels wrapped in standard all-season tires. These ultra-light 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels provide improved ride and reduced noise and are available in two designs with two spoke styles.
For more agility and performance, you can opt for the Z51 Package that includes Summer-only performance tires, massive brakes, Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD), front splitter, performance exhaust, etc. etc.
The base Chevrolet Corvette Stingray starts at a reasonable $60,000. Obviously, fancy abovementioned options could raise that to nearly $90,000.
Details on the Corvette Convertible and C8.R Racecar will be announced this Fall.
Meanwhile, we can revel in minutiae about the new Corvette Stingray like the optional Engine Appearance Package that adds LED lights for showing off your engine, as well as carbon fibre bits to highlight a sporty aesthetic.
More useful is the Front Lift system that raises the front of your Corvette almost 2 inches in less than three seconds (at low speeds) so you can clear low obstacles like speed bumps or steep driveways. Can you trust it to remember up to 1,000 favourite GPS locations within your world to automatically lift as you approach?
Notice they claim that only one part has been brought forward from the old C7 model but Chevy is not revealing which one. We can rule out the badge because the new one is different so we’ll have to ponder over sleepless nights until finally told…Not!
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Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web magazine. He was former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).