The review embargo on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been lifted and that means everyone has got something to say about the new mid-engine ‘Vette. At least, everyone that GM permitted to drive one.
Sadly, we here at Hot Cars have not been given that opportunity, but never fear! Plenty of other folks have been awarded the new C8 and have plenty of things to say about the hottest new car in years.
Before we get into it, a quick review of what Chevy says the 2020 Stingray is capable of. Zero to sixty should take 3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 194 mph. Quarter-mile times are likely to be in the 11-second range given those values, with power rated at 495 horses and 470 lb-ft of torque when paired with the performance exhaust on the Z51 Performance Package.
It doesn’t look like people have gotten the dyno tracks on this car yet, but they have done a few drag races. Motor Trend reports that the new Corvette is actually a bit better than what Chevy says, able to get from zero to sixty in just 2.8 seconds on its way to a quarter-mile time of 11.1 seconds at 123.2 mph. That’s just 0.3 seconds slower than the C7 ZR1, which is a huge accomplishment.
They did have some complaints about the Corvette’s cornering abilities, however. "Put simply, the C8 is no drift car. Try to correct the understeer with a nudge of throttle, and you get more understeer. Give it a lot of throttle sans ESC, and you'll likely end up backward. Be extremely patient and roll into the throttle correctly, and the C8 will dig in and push hard off the exit of a corner. Give it too much gas, though, and the rear end is happy to step out. The line between a nice power-on drift and a spin is razor thin."
Next we have Car And Driver. They also achieved a 2.8-second zero to sixty time and did the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 122. mph. "The faster you go, the better the C8 feels. The steering cuts like a race car's, and the cornering limits are virtually out of reach on the street—though steering feel and feedback aren't as communicative as those from a Porsche 911 or a McLaren 720S."
Road & Track took their Corvette to Thunderhill West and got a time of 1:22.80 from an amateur driver. "This car is laying the groundwork for something spectacular. Something with a hybrid front axle, perhaps. Something with a flat-plane crank V-8. Something that will ruin a McLaren at a third of the price. Right now, it's incredibly capable, but makes us want more."
But Motor Authority probably has the best summary of the C8 we've read. "I can say the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is quicker, quieter, easier to see out of, and rides better. The interior takes a quality leap forward, too."