Last summer, Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray. The new model represents the most radical redesign in the Corvette's 67-year history as "America's sports car." Breaking with tradition stretching back to 1953, the new Stingray uses a mid-engine design similar to exotic supercar brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren.
The new Corvette is not just a completely revolutionary design; it's also the quickest Corvette ever offered for public sale. The 2020 Corvette uses a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine, rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. With that engine, the base model Stingray will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in exactly three seconds flat. When the optional Z51 package is added, the Corvette shaves an additional tenth of a second off that time, reaching 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
The Corvette's V8 engine is paired with a paddle-shifted 8-speed dual-clutch transaxle that drives the rear wheels. There is no manual transmission option. "This transmission shifts faster and better than any human ever could," said Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter. Using different paddle techniques, the driver can simulate the action of pressing a clutch pedal, or achieve a performance start using the Stingray's launch control.
Under the car, a racing-style coil-over suspension creates an entirely new ride and handling experience. The car's center of gravity is located close to the driver's inside hip, so the Corvette literally turns around the driver. This balance shift completely changes the driver's perception of vehicle handling and responsiveness, closely approximating the experience of a racing car.
The interior of the new Corvette surrounds the driver with controls and technology. Chevrolet did that intentionally to make the driver the focus of the car's interior. All the passenger has to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. The technology package includes voice recognition, wireless device charging, Bose audio, and a heated steering wheel.
The Corvette also includes a Performance Data Recorder. This is an advanced driving analysis tool that includes a high-definition camera and a new in-vehicle user interface. Corvette drivers can record both circuit and point-to-point courses. The PDR can be set to auto-record like a dash cam that starts a recording every time the Corvette is running, or the owner can set the camera to record when the car is in Valet mode, to monitor how it is driven.
The biggest news is the price of the new Stingray. Starting at $59,995, the basic 1LT trim costs only a small fraction of the price tag of comparable mid-engine supercars from Ferrari, McLaren, or Lamborghini. The upgraded 2LT trim package will start at $67,295 and the top-level 3LT trim package on the 2020 Corvette Stingray will start at $71,945, still far less than any other mid-engine exotic car. Those prices include Chevrolet's destination and handling charges.
"Most people thought when we moved the Corvette to mid-engine it would no longer be attainable, but we knew we couldn't mess with a winning formula and the 2020 Stingray proves it," said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet U.S. vice president.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be on display throughout the 2020 Portland International Auto Show, and all attendees are invited to learn more and experience the car for themselves. The show runs from Thursday to Sunday, Jan. 20 to 23, at the Oregon Convetion center. For more information, visit
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