Nobody knows just how fast the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette is, and that includes Chevy’s engineers.
If you were hoping to get a sense of just how fast the new C8 Stingray is, we’ve got bad news for you. GM is being tight-lipped when it comes to the Stingray’s performance specs and only said that the new Corvette will do zero to sixty in “under 3 seconds.”
There are a lot of cars that can do zero to sixty in under 3 seconds, and the big question is by just how much.
Another stat that we were hoping to find but were sorely disappointed was the C8’s top speed. Apparently there’s a reason for that: GM doesn’t even know how fast the new Stingray can go.
“We still need to test that,” GM President Mark Reuss told GM Authority at the C8’s reveal event in California last week.
We’re not saying Mr. Reuss is a liar, but we’ve seen the C8 hanging out at the Nurburgring for basically the past year, and it seems pretty strange that GM wouldn’t already have a really good idea of just how fast the mid-engine Stingray is at this point. As GM Authority points out, the number probably exists, but GM isn’t quite confident enough to produce it. Yet.
But GM did provide us with enough info that we can probably make a pretty good stab at it. The 2020 Corvette’s 6.2-L V8 produces 495 horsepower when equipped with a performance exhaust, and the whole car weighs 3,336 lbs dry. Those figures put the Stingray shy of other mid-engine supercars like the McLaren 570S and the Lamborghini Huracan, but not by too much.
We know that the Z51 Performance Pack will give the Stingray Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires which are rated for 186 mph. That seems as close as we’re going to get for a definitive answer for now.
The previous-gen C7 Corvette Stingray debuted with a top speed of 187 mph, so we wouldn’t be too surprised to see the new Corvette also announce a similar top speed.