Corvette Enthusiasts Welcome the White Whale
We’re sure you’ve heard by now—Chevy’s jaw-dropper has officially landed.
The 2020 mid-engine C8 Corvette has already racked up hundreds of articles across the internet—all drooling over its presence. We’re going to spare you another article filled with glorifying adjectives that you can already see with your own eyes and cut to the chase by giving you the 5 things you must know.
What are we looking at?
1. Mid-engine (DUH)
Sorry, traditionalists, but the only thing that was holding Chevy’s C7 series from reaching its peak level of performance was better weight distribution. So, let us applaud Chevy’s choice to shift the engine to the middle of the model for balance. And let us not lie to ourselves, it looks marvelous. And believe it or not, the mid-engine design is not the Corvette’s most jaw-dropping feature.
2. Starting price? Under $60,000
I mean we were hoping for under 70k, heck, even under 80k! But $60,000? Chevy, to what do we owe the pleasure? I mean the Porsche 718 Cayman being priced under $57,000 was one thing—with its 4-cylinder, 300 horsepower engine. But for 365 horsies? Hey, we’ll take it.
3. 0-60 in under 3 seconds
When a Z51 performance package meets a driver with a need for speed, it’s all over. Chevy claims the base Stingray should hit 60mph in less than 3 seconds. The BASE level people—which also comes with improved cooling, larger brakes, and a louder exhaust system. Ok, ok, settle down.
4. Yes, the roof still comes off
Now, you may have taken one look at the new model and been terrified that it would not come with a retractable roof, but fret not. Chevy was smarter than that. The 2020 Corvette’s roof comes off and stores in the trunk just like we’re used to.
5. No manual transmission… yet
Easy, easy. The key word is “yet.” No matter how good you may think you are with a stick-shift, this new C8 holds a lot of power, and a dual-clutch auto is undoubtedly safer and provides better control. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be manual’s in the future, but for right now, let’s be thankful for this 60k beauty just the way she is. Oh and if you can recall, the original Corvette came out in 1953 and didn’t get a manual transmission until 1955. So don’t call yourself a traditionalist unless you love automatics.