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2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 mid engine
The most significant change to the C8 is the chassis configuration: What used to be a front engine car is now a mid engine car. The significance of the switch cannot be overstated.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Convertible
As first conceived by Bill Mitchell in the early 1950s, the Corvette was a front engine sports car featuring a short rear deck, minimal two seat passenger area and a long impressive hood.

That philosophy has changed with the C8. Putting the engine behind the driver has caused the driving postion to move forward about 16 inches. From the driver's viewpoint, instead of looking at a hood, they now see the road. Forward visibility is much improved.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 mid engine
The justification for the change was simple. In order to advance and keep competitive the performance of the Corvette it was necessary to go mid engine. This was the route taken by race cars since the 1960s. In recent times, the Ford GT, Acura NSX, McLaren and most of the Italian exotics had adopted the configuration. Overall handling and better track times came with the new layout.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Astro II Concept
While a mid engine production Corvette is revolutionary, there is a long and strong history of mid engine prototype Corvettes. Above is the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Astro II Concept. Production limitations, especially regarding the transaxle, prevented the concept from being ready for prime time.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Engine LT2
A new engine - designated LT2 - accompanied the new engine position. It's SAE-certified to 495 hp / 369 kW @ 6,450 rpm with the performance exhaust. Torque is SAE-certified to 470 lb.-ft. / 637 Nm @ 5,150 rpm with the performance exhaust.

Dry sump lubrication is standard on the new LT2. It had been available on the C6 (with the Z06 and ZR1) and had been part of the Z51 package on the C7. What is exceptional regarding the C8 is that at the $60,000 starting price, dry sump is included, which is unheard of in a performance car. It was necessary to include the system to lower the engine in order to mate it properly with the transmission and to lower the center of gravity. The system includes three scavenge pumps.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray LT2 Engine

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Tail Pipes

Having been center mounted in the C7, Corvette tail pipes returned to the left and right for the 2020 C8.


2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Transmission
Designated M1L, the 2020 Corvette C8 features an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and is an entirely new design. Advantages include extremely fast shift times of under 100 msec., the ability to maintain torque to the rear wheels even during a shift and better reliability.

There has been no mention of the possibility of a manual transmission. Manual transmission popularity has been on the decline, mostly because the performance advantages had disappeared to the point where automatic transmissions had significantly better numbers. As of 2018, the seven speed manual transmission had only 22% of the Corvette market compared to 90% in 1967.

Considering the expense of developing a C8 manual transmission, accessing three pedals by the driver could be in the Corvette past.


2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Interior
The interior changed to a significantly driver oriented path for the C8. The strip to the right of the center console houses the HVAC controls. For the first time since 1988, all instrumentation is digital.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray digital display
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Tan Interior
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Steering Wheel Z Button 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Steering Wheel
2020 Corvette steering wheel. Stitching throughout the interior has found a new emphasis. Note the "Z" button, which activates the Z mode. It can be thought of as more aggressive than the sport but less aggressive than the track settings. New adjustments such as steering feel and throttle control are possible.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray DCT Controls Mode Controls 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Start Engine Button
Left: The P-R-N-D-M transmission controls. Previous Corvettes had a stick emanating from the console, but for the C8 three dimensional pull toggles switches (Reverse and Drive) and push buttons (for Park, Neutral and Low/Manual) are used. The result is that in a critical area of the interior, much space is freed up.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Targe Roof On
As with the C7, all C8 coupes feature a Targa roof.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Targe Roof Off
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Targa Roof Off
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Golf Club Storage
Apparently a necessity for some Corvette owners, the 2020 C8 will accommodate two golf bags.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Targe Roof Storage
Targa roof storage is more vertical on the C8, compared to the horizontal storage on previous Corvettes.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Visible LT2 Engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray LT2 Engine
If it looks good, then show it off! Continuing the the fine tradition of the C6 ZR1, the 2020 C8 Corvette engine is available for all to admire.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Tail Lights 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Hood Emblem
Dual-element LED taillamps include animated turn signals.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Wheel 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Headlight
Wheel size:
Front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)
Rear: 20-inch x 11-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)

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