2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Road Test and Review

Undeniably, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray represents the most important update to General Motors’ two-seat sports vehicle in the storied 67-year history, perhaps more comprehensive than the development of the very first small-block V8 vehicle in 1955 or even the change from the very first-gen roadster towards the sleek, independent rear-suspension Stingray fastback coupe in 1963. The switch from the moment-honored front-engine configuration to a different mid-engine layout changes everything.

The 2020 Corvette Stingray coupe — endowed using its intoxicating-sounding, near-500-horsepower midships small-block V8 — continues to be the people’s exotic having a stunningly accessible $59,995 base cost.

Animated Suspension

Because this is GM’s first mid-engine vehicle because the ill-fated 1984-88 Pontiac Fiero, engineers built a good quantity of understeer in to the C8’s suspension tuning to assist mitigate the C8’s rearward weight bias and the threat of an unexperienced driver swapping ends by lifting throttle or braking hard mid-corner. Chances are, however, that greater-performance niche versions from the C8 — which we predict to hit the industry inside a couple of years — will offer you more neutral handling that enables experienced motorists to flick and catch the tail on command.

Beefy Brembo brakes (with monoblock calipers front and back within the Z51) whatsoever four corners offer tremendous stopping power and also the C8’s new electronic brake booster delivers crisp, zero-lag, top-of-pedal response. The not compulsory

Shock and Awe

A comforting constant towards the Corvette faithful may be the gutsy rumble of the Chevrolet small-block V8, now emanating from behind the driver rather of in-front. Because the chugga-chugga from the big V-Twin defines the Harley Hog, you can repeat the time-honored two-valves-per-cylinder pushrod V8 may be the glue that ties this near-exotic C8 to 65 years approximately of Corvette lore — except that one can be obtained for viewing underneath the rear hatch glass throughout its glory.

Frankly, the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 feels more powerful than its 495-horsepower marketed rating might suggest. Within the Z51-optioned test vehicle, that’s partially because of shorter final-drive gearing and quick shifts from Chevy’s first-ever dual-clutch automatic, an eight-speed Tremec with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 60 miles per hour arrives from rest before you say “one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi” (a reported 2.8 seconds). Other big factors listed here are the rearward weight bias and meaty 305/30ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sports in the rear axle and launch control. Which makes it all seem just like a “Fast and also the Furious” soundtrack may be the dual-mode exhaust, also incorporated within the Z51 package, which goes into low-restriction mode at wider throttle openings.

Control Central

There’s lots of space for any 6-feet-plus driver to extend and obtain comfortable behind the controls. Besides the push-button gear control around the console — a new comer to GM but present in an growing quantity of vehicles today — the control interfaces are pretty familiar. You’re sitting 16.5 inches nearer to the leading from the vehicle inside a cab-forward layout. The cockpit is enveloping using the infotainment screen angled toward the driver and also the climate controls set atop a lengthy, thin panel that subdivides the driver and passenger areas. The instrument panel is low, because of ultra-thin upper climate-control vents, and along with slim car windows A-support beams and free-standing outdoors mirrors provides the driver good forward visibility.

The flamboyant, stitched-leather handrest right from the push-button shifter houses the drive mode control wheel. Choose among (the baseline or “comfort” mode and merely acceptable for everyday errands and cruising), Weather, Sport, Track, customizable MyMode, and Z mode. The second is activated through the “Z” (for Zora as with the Corvette’s legendary chief engineer, Zora Arkus Duntov) button around the controls and enables the driver to help personalize MyMode engine and transmission settings for just one key cycle. Sorry, no Eco way of this vehicle.

Performance Perches

The exam vehicle was outfitted using the more generously bolstered GT2 seats which are incorporated using the 3LT trim level. The GT2 seats possess a racecar look but contain dual-density foam for comfort on lengthy-distance drives in addition to adjustable lateral wings and lumbar support, plus cooling and heating. Forms of engrossed in softer Nappa leather and have carbon-fiber trim. All seats have extra-lengthy visit accommodate a number of physiques and significantly greater recline position than was available within the last-generation vehicle.

Passenger space, however, is less generous — particularly with elbow room, where bigger passengers may go through a little cramped on armrest size. The passenger also lacks convenient accessibility infotainment screen and front cup holders, that are on the driver side from the cabin divider/cubicle wall.

Choose a View

One of the most interesting options that come with the 2020 Corvette is its front curb-view camera that is included with the 2LT trim. Additionally to selectable normal and wide-position rear views, the driver can easily see where that low, pointy nose is with regards to a parking area curb or any other obstruction. Then, when the vehicle is outfitted using the optional front suspension lift system (as my test vehicle was), the driver can push a console button and lift the nose about 2 inches. It’s handy for negotiating steep front yard ramps or annoying speed bumps.

The main one feature the Corvette’s camera system doesn’t have is really a 360-degree overhead view — yet.

Rear Stowage

Opening the trunk hatch to consider a much better consider the Corvette’s enticing small-block V8 also gives accessibility rear luggage compartment.

Rectangular fit with 7.2 cubic ft of capacity, the trunk trunk is brief but fairly deep so that as wide because the vehicle. The area will accommodate a set of plane roller bags, or more golf bags, or even the targa top. The very best locks into latches within the rear trunk to help keep it in position and steer clear of rattling around on bumpy roads. The trunk trunk is insulated to assist cope with heat in the engine, transmission, and exhaust, however i wouldn’t stash any Halloween chocolate back there.

Front Stowage

Not altogether unlike the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, the 2020 Corvette Stingray includes a second, smaller sized trunk right in front. It’s an in-depth, squarish 5-cubic-feet space appropriate for transporting one standard-issue plane roller bag — as proven here — having a small amount of additional room on the top for any new laptop bag too. Or it’s the right size to hold some bags filled with anything you buy when driving a mid-engine near-exotic.

The great factor relating to this space is it’s from engine heat. It’s even the only luggage space you’ll have if you’ve stowed the targa roof or stashed some golf bags within the bigger rear trunk.

Driver-Assistance Tech

Sure, the 2020 Corvette Stingray gets the beans to put almost every other vehicle round the road behind it, but what’s behind you really is essential. Opting over a the least 2LT trim is important using this vehicle, since it includes blind-place and rear cross-traffic monitoring. In the event you drive this vehicle inside the city, you’ll comprehend the extra number of “eyes” back there. And since the 2020 Corvette remains lengthy anticipated, be prepared for gawkers who would like to focus for a close look within the mid-engine vehicle.

Cruise control is standard, but no smart cruise control system that allows the driver to produce both cruising speed and minimum following distance for the traffic ahead could be acquired. Although nothing’s been announced, the completely new Corvette will likely skip the smart cruise control step and go to a kind of GM’s advanced semi-autonomous Super Cruise system that debuted inside the 2018 Cadillac CT6. Or even you’d just rather drive the completely new C8 yourself with no assists.