The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette has arrived and a mid-engine Corvette if finally a reality. Chevrolet made good on a vehicle that was rumored for years and it was well worth the wait.
This mid-engine Corvette looks like a proper supercar, something you can really only achieve when you move the engine from under the hood to behind the seats. It still looks like a Corvette, of course, but with a new, more modern edge.
Power comes from a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. These figures drop slightly to 490 and 465 respectively if you don’t choose the performance exhaust, which is still quite impressive.
That engine is paired to an 8-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission specially tuned to deliver power with the utmost efficiency. Looking for a manual transmission? That’s something you can’t have on the new Corvette, but performance-wise, a dual-clutch automatic can do the work quicker than a manual. Chevy says the new Corvette has a 0-60 mph time of under 3 seconds with an exact number coming later.
It has the acceleration and Chevy made sure it also has the handling to match. Moving to a mid-engine makes a car handle better by taking its heaviest part and putting it in the middle instead of hanging out in front, but there are additional features in the Corvette to take handling even further.
There’s a new chassis and suspension system with the Z51 performance package including an adjustable suspension system that can change the Corvette’s stiffness and ride height. The newly revised Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 will do the job automatically.
On a very practical note, there’s a GPS-enabled nose lift. No more scraping the curb when you park. Simply lift the nose to keep everything shiny. The system can even remember when it needs a little nose lift, storing up to 1,000 destinations where it will automatically lift the nose in the future.
There are three available sport seats that take you from comfortable daily driver to track-focused, 12 exterior colors, and even six interior color schemes with the ability to choose details like seatbelt and leather stitching colors. The ne Corvette focuses on performance, but not at the expense of comfort and style.
No traditional gear shift lever is needed so there are push buttons instead to give the Corvette a more modern look. A 12-inch infotainment system dominates the dashboard and includes a new version of the Performance Data Recorder. It can stay active at all times and can record your laps in high-resolution so you can see exactly how to improve on the next run.
Mid-engine cars are generally on the pricey side, but Chevrolet promises the new Corvette will start at under $60,000. Sure, that won’t be the most fully-loaded version of this sports car, but it’ll still put a mid-engine Corvette in your driveway without having to remortgage your house.
The mid-engine Corvette is expected to go into production in late 2019. Start saving your pennies now.