While we’ve never stopped loving the classic Corvette, the new 2020 C8 has got us pretty excited. What’s so cool about the new C8 Corvette and why should you consider adding one of these iconic sports cars to your collection?
1. Price Tag
Despite the fact that Chevrolet is pulling out all the stops on this new Corvette, bringing one home won’t break the bank. The new C8 will start out at less than $60,000 for the base model. Chevy is able to offer these affordable prices by spreading out the cost of producing the C8 Corvette across a future lineup, with the new Stingray as the first step.
There are even rumors that Chevy is planning to turn the Corvette name into a brand, releasing a sedan, an SUV and even a Corvette-based Cadillac in the future.
2. 0-60 Times
What’s a Corvette Stingray without some serious speed? The new C8 delivers, with an astonishing 0-60 time of 2.92 seconds. It’s a mixture of the power under the hood, the quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, custom tires, and the fact that the C8 Corvette is the first mid-engine corvette ever. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these features.
3. Power Under the Hood
The LT2 6.2L V8 engine under the hood of the new C8 Corvette offers 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful stock Corvettes ever. It’s equipped with variable valve timing, direct injection, and cylinder deactivation that assists with active fuel management.
One of the biggest changes that the LT2 underwent was the switch from a wet-sump to a dry-sump oiling system. GM’s relied on wet-sump oiling for ages, but with this new mid-engine build, it made more sense to switch to a dry-sump system.
The engine still holds 7.5 quarts of oil though — mostly to keep the engine running smoothly even if lateral acceleration exceeds 1G. That alone gives you an idea of how powerful this new Corvette is.
4. All-Season Run-Flat Tires
Speaking of lateral acceleration and pulling G’s, that’s part of why Chevy chose Pilot Sport All-Season Run-Flat tires for the new Corvette. First, all-season tires give you the tools to continue driving even as the cold winter weather starts, instead of having to keep an extra set of tires in your garage just for cold temperatures.
While this is an awesome feature, it’s not what we’re excited about. These tires are also capable of providing up to 1G of lateral grip. According to Car and Driver, Chevy has managed to push the car to 0.95G so far but they’re still tweaking the chassis settings to reach that 1G. If you’re planning on doing some serious cornering, hold out for the 2020 Corvette.
5. First Mid-Engine Corvette Ever
Chevy has been toying with the idea of a mid-engine corvette since the 1960s. They’ve made dozens of prototypes and even nearly released one in the 1980s, but it never quite made it out of prototype phase, until now.
That means if you bring home one of these new 2020 Corvettes, you’re quite literally purchasing a piece of Chevy history. With the affordable price tag, how could you turn it down?
What Are You Waiting For?
The 2020 Corvette C8 is scheduled for release at the end of 2019. If this sounds like something that you need to add to your collection — whether you’re planning on pulling lateral G’s or just want to own a piece of Chevy history, what are you waiting for?
Go talk to your local Chevrolet dealership and reserve yours today. At less than $60,000, you might have to fight to bring home your new Vette.