Here’s What You Need to Know about the 2020 Corvette
Now that the 2020 Chevy Corvette has been officially unveiled and we have plenty of new information, there’s a lot for us to sift through. While there are a few things, we still don’t know – at least not specifically – the information that we do have is spectacular. It tells the story of a sports car created with an eye toward being a supercar while retaining its own identity and pushing American auto design forward. We were already excited about the new C8 Corvette, but the major unveiling has pushed that excitement to a whole new level.
With so much information now available, however, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by it all and drown in data. To help keep things straight, we have sorted through the avalanche of details released recently and have the most important ones here for you. If you know nothing else about the 2020 Chevy Corvette, these are the details that will get you through a conversation with your friends and family that are Chevy fans. And if you find yourself shouting, “I want it!” just remember you’re not alone, and we can help you here at Frank Kent Country in Corsicana, TX, with all your Chevy, Buick, and GM needs.
#1 – The Engine has Moved
If you care about absolutely nothing else regarding the 2020 Chevy Corvette, you should know that the engine has been moved. In the past, like most other cars, the Corvette has always had its engine in the front. With the 2020 generation, however, the engine is moving to a mid-vehicle position, just behind the inside cabin and closer to the rear wheels of the vehicle.
A mid-engine design is ideal for a sports car because the engine is the heaviest single part of the vehicle. With all the weight in the front, adjustments have to be made in its design to compensate and give the most control possible to the driver. When that weight is shifted to the middle and toward the rear, then control and handling become a lot easier to optimize, and the car becomes much more fun to drive.
This shift in engine position is a bit controversial among some Corvette fans because it means the overall shape of the car has to change. The 2020 Chevy Corvette has a shorter front end, but the classic Stingray curves are still there. The cabin of the new Corvette has been moved forward more than a foot due to the engine’s placement, and that combined with the shorter front end gives the driver an incredible view of the road ahead. It’s a big change, and one that will no-doubt continue to make waves as the C8 Corvette nears release.
#2 – The Engine is More Powerful
Moving the engine back is all well and good, but Chevy has also boosted overall performance from the engine. The previous generation used an engine referred to as the LT1, while the 2020 Chevy Corvette unveils the LT2 with more power packed into it. It’s still a 6.2L V8 engine, but it now tops out at 495 hp, and the torque gets up to 470 lb-ft with an available performance exhaust setup. That is 50 hp and 10 lb-ft of torque greater than the starting engine in the previous generation.
Keep in mind that this is also the initial release of the C8 Corvette, without any details or information yet on any more powerful variations that might be released later on. The point is this: the new engine position provides greater handling and stability, while the engine is also more powerful for an overall superior driving experience.
#3 – A New Transmission is Standard
Full disclosure: this is going to be a contentious point for a lot of sports-car fans out there. The previous manual transmission is no more, replaced by an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. There are quite a few drivers out there that feel like a sports car without a manual transmission is a cardinal sin, but we think that’s simply not true.
The Tremec 8-speed dual-clutch in the 2020 Chevy Corvette shifts incredibly fast and provides an amazing experience. While the exact timing to go from 0 – 60 has not been revealed, Chevrolet has said that is it less than 3.0 seconds. The 2019 Corvette ZR1, which has a 755 hp engine, clocks in at 2.8 seconds to go 0 – 60 so take a moment to think about that. With a substantially less powerful engine, the new dual-clutch can put up a comparable time off the line – that’s hard to argue with. Plus, there are paddle-shifters on the steering wheel that give drivers some control over shifting gears.
#4 – It Looks Stunning
Despite the fact that some people will take issue with the shorter front-end of the 2020 Chevy Corvette, the entire design is gorgeous. Due to the new engine placement, air intakes dominate the sides of the vehicle and are designed into the doors to create a swooping feel that pulls your eyes along from front to back. The front is shorter, but the Stingray curves are still there and do an amazing job of keeping an overall Corvette design in a way that feels old yet new.
One of our favorite details is the window placed behind the cabin, over the engine itself so you can get a good view down into this beauty. An available package adds lighting to this area to make it stand out even more. This definitely looks like a new generation of Corvette, and while there might be holdouts that do not approve, overall it is a stunning design.
#5 – The Interior has Moved and Improved
As we said in the first point, the shift of the engine backwards has pushed the cabin forward by more than a foot. This, combined with the shorter nose, gives the driver a great view of the road ahead. Chevrolet designers have embraced this even further by lowering the steering wheel and other details of the vehicle – the new engine placement makes this possible.
From the 12-inch digital driver display to the row of climate control buttons running between the driver and passenger, everything inside the 2020 Chevy Corvette has been moved to keep the driver’s view clear. The steering wheel is flat on top and bottom, so you can easily steer with more room for your legs and an unobstructed view past the top of it. There are three different seat choices available, and the entire cockpit is shaped to remind you that you’re enveloped by a powerful machine designed to obey your every command.
#6 – New Features Abound
Although there are some fantastic new features and improvements all throughout the 2020 Chevy Corvette, our favorite is probably the front lift feature. This system will raise the front of the Corvette by nearly 2 inches to help clear low obstacles like steep driveways and speed bumps. Even better, you can program it to remember these locations, using GPS, so that it will lift the front automatically when you approach them. You can program up to 1,000 locations, so any bumps you commonly encounter will no longer be an issue.
#7 – “When?” and “How Much?” are Still Murky
We do not yet have a specific release date for the 2020 Chevy Corvette, other than “early 2020” with additional features available throughout the year following its release. The starting price has also not been disclosed, though Chevrolet has said it will be less than $60,000. If you want to know more or reserve the 2020 Chevy Corvette for yourself, then come visit us at Frank Kent Country.