2020 Chevy Corvette: The Next Generation

September 18th, 2019 by

A red convertible 2020 Chevy Corvette is driving on a sunny highway near Fort Worth, TX.

Car buyers looking for a new Corvette from a Chevy dealer near Fort Worth, start your engines! After much anticipation, sports car enthusiasts and devoted Chevy drivers have reason to rejoice – the 2020 Chevy Corvette has finally arrived. This new ‘vette ushers in a new era for the longest-running name in American sports cars. Along with a whole new redesign, this Corvette also introduces the most significant technological change in its history. The location of the engine has moved to the middle of the vehicle, while at the same time, keeping the price around the $60,000 mark.

This stunning engineering development is the result of an idea that’s been percolating for more than 50 years, when Zora Arkus-Duntov, nicknamed the “Father of the Corvette,” built the mid-engined XP-819 prototype in 1964. This was followed up by other prototype designs, leading up to what we have now. Currently being spoken of as a competitor to the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, the new Corvette could be positioned to take on the McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo and the Ford GT as it evolves. More is still to be revealed by Chevrolet as details become available.

Powertrain and Engine Options

The Stingray model of the new Corvette is generously equipped with a beefy 6.2L V8 powerhouse which has been derived from the engine used in the current Corvette. Adding on the optional Z51 Performance Package generates 495 horsepower out of that new engine, paired up with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This may disappoint some manual transmission aficionados, but fortunately, you can still step through the gears by hand via paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Some of the additional features of the Z51 Performance Package also include Michelin PS4 tires, performance suspension, larger brake rotors, enhanced cooling, rear spoiler, front brake cooling inlets, and performance exhausts.

For other models outside of the Stingray, details aren’t yet clear regarding engine options. There is some speculation that various engines in the 4.2L to 5.5L range will be available, as well as an all-wheel-drive hybrid option. The jury is still out on these, and we will have to wait for the official word from Chevrolet.

While Chevy has publicly confirmed the classic Stingray moniker will be applied to the new Corvette, it’s still not known what the other trim levels will be called. Current speculation states that the Z06 and Grand Sport labels may return, in addition to the Zora – in honor of the vehicle’s “father” – which may be applied to the top of the line model. Whatever it ends up being called, the high-end Corvette is expected to be powered by a pair of twin-turbo V8 engines providing power to the rear wheels with an electric motor up front. The resulting combination could generate an astounding 1,000 horsepower or more.

What Changed by Moving the Engine?

As you can imagine, moving a car’s engine from the front to in between the passenger compartment and the rear axle brings about some pretty dramatic changes. The Corvette’s cabin now sits almost 17 inches closer to the front wheels, which offers driver better control. Chevy also claims moving the engine creates a shorter and more direct steering system. Another effect has been the lowering of the hood, which in turn allows for a larger windshield and improved field of vision.

Why does moving the engine matter? Considering that the engine and transmission are traditionally the heaviest parts of any car, sliding them back closer to the rear puts more weight on the rear wheels, which in turns allows for improved acceleration, handling, and braking. This is strictly a performance move, and for a sports car stalwart like the Corvette, that move will likely pay off for drivers looking for those qualities in a vehicle.

However, moving the engine back also has a trade-off, in this case, reduced cargo space. Instead of a large rear hatch space in previous models, the new Corvette takes that and splits it into two smaller trunks, one in the front and one in the rear. Together these spaces add up to 12.6 cubic feet. Not enough for a whole lot of cargo but sufficient for the basic necessities.

Cabin and Interior Features

Inside the totally redesigned cabin of the new Corvette, the passenger compartment is basically split into two “pods” for driver and passenger. An unusual long row of controls separates the two, eschewing the typical design of placing them on the dashboard or in a touchscreen display. An infotainment display exists, but the typical functionality has been moved to a more tactile system. Beyond the somewhat squared-off steering wheel is a large digital display and instrument cluster.

The interior is wrapped in leather, while other materials include real metals and carbon fiber. There are no plastics here. Various color and stitching options are available, as well as a range of seating to choose from, including more comfort-oriented to high-performance bucket seats. The door, hood, and hatch releases might take some practice to master, as Chevrolet has hidden them out of the way to maintain a clean interior design. And a classic feature of the Corvette carries over into this new model – the roof is removable.

In another very interesting and unusual development, Chevy’s Bowling Green, MI plant will be producing right-hand versions of the Corvette in an attempt to appeal to UK and Australian drivers.

What Does the New Corvette Compete With?

Aside from the aforementioned Audi R8 and the Ferrari F8 Tributo, the other closest competitor is Porsche’s 911 as far as performance goes, but hardly in price. The 911’s price starts around $113,000 or around twice as much as the Corvette. So that’s a huge performance per dollar boost right here that is sure to appeal to die-hard ‘vette fans. Both cars are incredibly fast off the starting line. The Corvette boasts 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds, while the Porsche comes in at 3.5 seconds. Want a Porsche without its price tag? The 2020 Chevy Corvette may be your answer.

With this new generation of Corvette, Chevy has positioned its top sports car offering as being more on par with more elite vehicles in terms of performance. Time will tell to see how it all plays out in the real world, but as it stands now, it looks like a surefire winner, especially given its significantly lower cost.

Want to Know More About the 2020 Chevy Corvette?

If what you’ve read already has whetted your appetite for the next generation of Corvette, feel free to give us a call here at Frank Kent Country or stop by our dealership to learn more. Our highly knowledgeable and professional staff can fill you in on the details regarding the ultimate in sports car performance. At Frank Kent Country, a premier Chevy dealer for Corsicana, TX and the surrounding area, we greatly respect and value your time. We know you have a lot of choices, and we greatly appreciate you coming to us. We aren’t happy unless you are, and we will do everything we can to make sure you have all the most updated information. Visit us today!

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