2020 Chevrolet Corvette

What’s new

  • Fully redesigned for 2020 with a new mid-engine layout
  • 495-horsepower V8 and dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Launches the eighth Corvette generation

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive power and acceleration
  • High handling limits don't take heroic skill to reach
  • Relatively affordable price for what you get
  • Cabin design can make the passenger feel isolated
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Manual transmission no longer available
MSRP Starting at
$58,900

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Review

For 2020, the Corvette has undergone the most radical redesign in its 67-year history. Believing that they had squeezed every ounce of performance they could from the Corvette's classic front-engine and rear-drive layout, Chevrolet's engineers decided a new mid-engine layout was the way to go for its inherent advantages in weight distribution. Risky? Yes. But the result is hugely impressive.

In terms of performance, the Corvette equals or outshines cars costing twice to three times as much. The new 6.2-liter V8 and dual-clutch automatic transmission are a formidable combo on the track but offer plenty of oomph and smooth operation in nearly any condition. The 2020 Corvette also imparts more information about its handling balance and grip, thereby giving its driver more confidence in taking the car up to its handling limits.

As with past Corvettes, the C8 is practical for both daily driving and long trips. Although the total cargo area isn't as usable as before, it's still large enough to fit a few pieces of luggage. There's still space for the coupe's removable targa roof panel top in the rear, and the lack of an engine up front means there's a small frunk in the nose. The new interior has a sharp, driver-focused design and fine materials throughout. A Corvette convertible is on its way too.

Downsides? Well, your passenger might not like the cabin design as much as you do. The driver focus limits access to most of the car's controls for the passenger. Additionally, the new mid-engine design has made rear visibility worse. Chevrolet has tried to mitigate it with new technology but with only partial success.

Overall, however, these are minor issues. We're hugely impressed with how the new Corvette turned out. It's stupid fast, it looks exotic and it hammers home what the Chevy's sports car has always done: Give you maximum performance at a reasonable price.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette as Edmunds' Top Rated Sports Car of 2020. See all of the Top Rated Vehicles on our Best Cars page.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

8.4 / 10
It's rare to see a car, let alone an institution like the Corvette, so radically transformed. But Chevrolet has taken its performance icon and improved it in nearly every way. It's bonkers fast, it handles beautifully, and it still manages traffic and daily errands. The styling may be controversial, but its price and performance certainly are not.

How does it drive?

9.0
Even in a class full of impressive performance cars, the Corvette stands out. In Edmunds testing, using launch control rocketed our Z51 test car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds at more than 120 mph. Both times are very quick. Braking performance isn't quite as impressive, but that's largely down to the narrow front tires. We recorded panic stops from 60 mph in 105 feet, which is still a good number, and noted the Corvette's stability and excellent pedal feel.

Steering and handling are both much improved over previous Corvettes, and the car's considerable limits can be explored even by drivers with only moderate skill. Our skidpad testing showed the chassis' excellent balance with an eye-opening 1.09g, which is a number you'd expect from much more expensive performance cars. Likewise, the new eight-speed automatic transmission impresses with its smooth and quick shifts.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
The new Corvette is one of the more comfortable cars in its class. Our test car had the optional MagneRide adaptive suspension. We found that it offers excellent compliance over a variety of road surfaces and smooths out bumps that would likely upset other sports cars. Adding to the comfort is the relative lack of wind and engine noise, though tire noise can be prominent on rough road surfaces.

Our drivers generally disliked our test car's optional Competition seats. Most of us started to get uncomfortable after 30 minutes because the seats are too confining. There are two less aggressive seating options available, so keep that in mind when you buy your Corvette. The climate system provides good airflow from its stylish vents.

How’s the interior?

7.5
Maybe just as striking as the exterior design, the Corvette's interior is certainly eye-catching. While it is relatively easy to use, there is quite a bit of controversy around the placement and design of the climate control buttons. They simply aren't arranged intuitively. Passengers might also feel left out since there is little they can interact with.

It's a bit more difficult to get into the Corvette than some other higher-riding sports cars, and getting out of it is more difficult still.  This predicament is exacerbated in tight parking situations. But buyers will likely figure out a way and won't be too bothered. The compromised rear visibility will take some getting used to as well. Chevy added a camera-based rearview mirror display to help out, but the blind spots created by the rear pillars are still significant.

How’s the tech?

8.0
The Corvette benefits from Chevrolet's newest infotainment system. The graphics are crisp and modern, and the touchscreen's proximity to the driver makes it easy to operate. As small as the interior is, the optional 14-speaker Bose audio system manages to produce a decent soundstage with plenty of power. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard.

It lacks adaptive cruise control and emergency braking, but rear cross-traffic assist is a very welcome feature, as are the cameras that help with low-speed maneuvering. An optional nose-lift system can use GPS to remember steep driveways, which is handier than you might imagine. Of course, Chevrolet's Performance Traction Management software is available and excellent.

How’s the storage?

8.0
Mid-engine sports cars aren't well-known for their practicality. But the Corvette makes pretty good use of its available space. The front trunk can hold a couple of grocery bags, and the rear is big enough for two golf bags. Rear storage all but disappears, however, when you store the Corvette's removable roof panel in the trunk.

Similar to other cars in this class, interior storage is limited to a small, shallow center console box, and an equally small pair of cupholders. The door pockets are long and lined with felt but can't hold a whole lot.

How economical is it?

8.0
On our 115-mile mixed driving evaluation route, our test Corvette returned 20.1 mpg, which is commendable given that some fairly hard driving was done. As with all high-performance cars, single digits are just a good road and a heavy foot away.

Is it a good value?

8.0
If its performance wasn't the strongest argument for buying the Corvette, perhaps the pricing will be. Starting around $60,000, the Corvette is a relative bargain among performance cars. And when outfitted with all the go-faster options, it's still a reasonable $75,000. Build quality has always been a sore spot with Corvettes, but this generation looks to have changed that. The interior looks and feels premium, and paint and panel gaps are similarly well done.

Wildcard

10.0
It's easy to be impressed by the new Corvette. Its performance rivals that of sports cars costing nearly twice as much, yet the Corvette is still everyday comfortable and practical. But it's the performance that shocks the most with easily explorable yet considerable limits. The transformation has been nothing short of shocking.

Which Corvette does Edmunds recommend?

While the base 1LT offers a ton of performance and a good number of features, we recommend stepping up to the 2LT trim with the Z51 Performance package. The 2LT comes with more standard equipment, such as an upgraded infotainment system and heated seats, and opens up the amount of available options. We also think it's worth getting the Z51 because it noticeably enhances the Corvette's performance.

Chevrolet Corvette models

The 2020 Corvette Stingray is available in three trims: 1LT, 2LT and 3LT, each one building off the last with features and available options. All are powered by a mid-mounted 6.2-liter non-turbocharged V8 (490 horsepower, 465 lb-ft) that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, a first for the Corvette.

The base 1LT comes fairly well-equipped with features such as leather seats, keyless entry with push-button start, a rear camera mirror, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system. Options on the 1LT are limited.

The 2LT offers a wider variety of standard and available features. Standard items include a 14-speaker Bose audio system, heated and ventilated seats, a head-up display, and more interior color choices. You also get Chevrolet's Performance Data Recorder, a system that records video of your laps as well as info such as steering angle and g-force. Optional features that aren't available on the 1LT include more aggressive seats, a front-end lift system and carbon-fiber trim.

At the top of the lineup you have the 3LT trim level. It comes with all of the standard equipment you'll find on the 2LT, plus standard GT2 sport seats, additional interior colors and more. Available features generally mirror those of the 2LT trim save for what already comes standard.

The Z51 Performance package is available on all three trims and comes with some significant upgrades to the powertrain and chassis. Cars with the Z51 package get a slight bump in power (495 hp and 470 lb-ft) thanks to a performance exhaust system. Other Z51 upgrades include a heavy-duty cooling system, adaptive suspension dampers, an electronic limited-slip differential and grippier tires.


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5 out of 5 stars, A Star is Born
Ronald Anthony,
Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM)

This automobile is breathtaking to behold. A first mid engine Corvette with 490hp and an exhilarating exhaust package that will blow your socks off.

5 out of 5 stars, King Vette!
Gio,
Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT (6.2L 8cyl 8AM)

This is by far the best vette ever. Fast and stylish, with an outstanding performance. Exotic cars buster!

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Top 10 Best-Looking Cars According to Edmunds' Mark Takahashi

Top 10 Best-Looking Cars According to Edmunds' Mark Takahashi

MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm going to talk about my personal picks for the 10 most beautiful cars on sale today. [MUSIC PLAYING] I'm well aware that style is subjective. I don't claim to be the arbiter of style and taste, and I realize that one person's trash might be someone else's treasure. I'm sure we're going to have some disagreements on my picks. Leave a comment below. Leave a civilized comment below. So let's jump right into it. [MUSIC PLAYING] My first pick is the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, the C8, the mid-engine Corvette. It is a stunner in person. It's very angular. It's almost like a stealth fighter with all these facets everywhere. It's sharp. It's cool. It capitalizes on a lot of potential that I thought the NSX didn't. I'm a fan of these forward-leaning angles that the designers put into it. I like that it's almost attacking the air in front of it. Also, I like that they still have some of the character of the old Corvette in the hood here with these streaks. The proportions are great. Unlike some mid-engine sports cars, the Corvette still has a decent-sized hood, and the back end isn't too big and boxy or bulbous like some other mid-engine sports cars can get. To me, everything just sort of works well together, and it's just super sharp. And by the way, all of these pics are in just random order. There's no rhyme or reason to these. My next pick? Dodge Challenger. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is impressive, because the Dodge Challenger hasn't been redesigned since it was introduced in 2008-- well, reintroduced in 2008. It still has a lot of that sinister character that sets it apart from other muscle cars, and indeed, any other car out there. The design cues that I really like are pretty much all up front. It's this brow that cuts into the grill right there from the hood dipping over. It's almost like Clint Eastwood's furrowed death stare at you. It's mean-looking. It almost demands respect before it's even moving. The newest touches come here in the wheel arches here. They're a little bit tacked-on, but from different angles it, looks really good. It just kind of widens it out and interrupt that big slab of nothingness on the door here. And I like that they actually kept it unadorned on that door panel and that body panel. They didn't go with any fake vents or stupid chrome accents. Nice and clean. And that's kind of the theme with a lot of the cars that I like. [MUSIC PLAYING] Ah, que bella machina. This is the Ferrari Roma. It's not an all-out supercar for them. It's a Grand Tour. And I love it. I love it for a lot of things that we'll see later in other cars. First off, a nice, pointed long hood like that. These sharp angles are just gorgeous here. I'm not that big of a fan of this air dam underneath here that's kind of jutting out, but I'm not going to argue with Ferrari designers. One thing I'm really a big fan of, though, is the way that this compound curve meets a straight, and then it pops back into another compound curve in the front. There's no real transition. It just kind of smoothly blends from one end to the other. In other cars, you'll see a curve, and then an abrupt stop, and then a straight-away. This is just sinuous and beautiful and muscular. Man, from nose to tail, it is absolutely gorgeous. [MUSIC PLAYING] One of my favorites, the Jaguar F-type. The spiritual successor to the E-type from the early 1960s, it's not trying to be this campy homage to the E-type. It's its own thing. But it still has a few subtle hints. First off, we have the headlights here, this plexiglass covering that's a little bit of a nod to the old E-type. Of course, there's the grill, this big ovoid. But in the case of the F-type, more of a rounded corner, inverted trapezoid. It gives it enough character to know that it's from the same company as the E-type, but it's not trying to be the E-type. I'm also a fan of the way they did these air intakes here, these cooling vents. They didn't go with this plastic surround. It's just kind of carved into the face of the F-type. Unfortunately for the 2021 refresh, they actually put some plastic surrounds around that. And I'm not that thrilled with the way it looks. It might grow on me later, but so far, I'm still a bigger fan of this pre-refresh F-type. Other styling cues include, in the tail light, this round feature here, which is a nod to the old E-type, as well as this barrel-shaped side that they put in. Of course, there's the silhouette, which tapers down to a wonderful little point in the back, just like the old E-type. Here's a shot of the reflector I'm talking about on the old E-type, that little round feature. But there's one thing I wish that Jaguar did with the F-type, and that would be to use this glorious light metallic blue color that they used for the concept or pre-production car. It never made it into the order guides, and I was really hoping that would be in it. [MUSIC PLAYING] We've been raving about the Telluride, not just because of the way it looks, but because of the way it drives and the value proposition. It's just a really great mid-sized three-row SUV. When it comes to design, I like that it's more upright and boxy than a lot of other SUVs. I also like this amber surround here. You can tell that a Telluride is coming behind you from a ways off, thanks for that distinctive running light. They used a lot of Kia's styling cues throughout, but it's not gross about the way they did it. These double tabs are their signature throughout the Kia lineup. It's there. It's also in the top of the windshield there, and a little hint of it right here in that B-pillar. Overall, it's a really tidy design. It's industrial it's a little beefier than pretty much anything else in its class. [MUSIC PLAYING] Not my favorite car to drive. I wished it was a little more wild and lively than it is. But it is a looker, for sure. It still turns heads a few years into its production. Again, long coupe hood. And I haven't been a fan of this Lexus spindle grill since it came out, but this is actually the first instance where I do like it, mostly because this car was designed to have it from the beginning. When they first started incorporating that spindle grill, they used it on cars that weren't necessarily designed to have. It All of these lines all come together right at the logo. They just all point to it. It's a nice touch. It gives it that sharpness, that pointiness, that you kind of want from a wild-looking sport coupe like this. Another thing I'm a fan of is this cut-out right here, this little air intake, maybe for brake cooling, maybe for trans cooling. Who knows? But I like how they didn't, again, put some cheesy plastic surrounds in there. It's just kind of sliced into the side of the body. It's graceful. It's sharp. It serves a purpose. Around the back of the LC, it continues that line where everything converges on that one logo point. I like that it's a theme that's carried over to the back. One thing I'm not too crazy about, though, is this drop-down here off the tail light. It seems like it's just a little bit out of place. I realize that's part of their corporate style, but every time I see it I always see this tier line under a cheetah's face. Maybe it's not the worst thing to be associated with. [MUSIC PLAYING] My next pick-- it's the Mazda 3 hatchback. Mazda has just been killing it when it comes to design, and the 3 hatchback is, at least for me, a prime example. I love this big grill that's very distinctive, but it's not overly horsey, in my opinion. They have these wonderful compound curves that are built into the bodywork without any sharp creases that almost every other car has. One my other favorite hatchbacks is the old Alfa Romeo Brera, that had this beautiful, rounded hatchback tail. It's very distinctive. It sets itself apart from everything else out there. It's a clean design, and it's carried over into everything that Mazda does. The CX-5, the CX-3, CX-30-- they're all what I consider the most attractive in their classes. And the CX-9 would have been, or it was, until the Telluride came along. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Polestar 1-- wow. The first time I saw this in the flesh, it was stunning. It's just such a clean design, really not a lot of adornment. Sure, it's got a long hood, coupe proportions again, a stubby tail in the back. But there's a simplicity about it that just drew me in instantly. This grill is certainly an echo of Volvo, which is the parent company, but it's missing the sash and the Volvo logo in the middle. I'm also a huge fan of these side streaks in the nose of the car. It's almost aviation-like to me, like a Canard. Again, really nice, simple, unadorned side here, and we have this little feature here that catches light, and then a subtle little crease here that casts shadow below that. It gives it some visual interest without having to resort to something kitschy or gaudy. I had a design instructor who gave us this quote that I keep using when it comes to car design. And I'm paraphrasing here, but it's, a pretty shape doesn't need a lot of jewelry. And this is pretty much unadorned perfection to me. Of course, you can't talk about the Polestar 1 without also mentioning the S90 from Volvo. There's a lot of similarities there. I realize that. And I love the S90 for the exact same reasons. You can see down here that Volvo added that chrome strip down there. Doesn't really add too much visually for me. I prefer to see something, in other words, like the Polestar 1, where it's not there. Again, simplicity, cleanliness of design. Of course, not all my picks are going to be exotics or sport coupes. I can't not talk about the most popular class of vehicles, pickup trucks. And for my money, it's the Ram 1500. [MUSIC PLAYING] The new design is a little classier, a little upmarket. In this top trim here, you get a lot of chrome. I'm outlining here this little step up from the headlight into the grill, and we'll get to that in a bit. But I like how everything is very cohesive, and it all seems to belong together. One thing I'm not a big fan of is this kind of badge right here. It just seems a little out of place in an otherwise very clean design. The design also carries around to other Ram 1500s, like the Rebel, which has a very different take on the grill, but it's equally impressive and aggressive in its execution. Getting back to the headlights integrating into the grill and all that good stuff, it goes back to the introduction of this new generation of Ram pickups in the mid-1990s. This is the heavy-duty version of it. And right here, that headlight line there steps straight up into the grill and then back down for the other headlight. Around that time-- I think was the Kenworth T600 big rig had that same kind of sloping hood, and in that integration of the headlights into the fenders. And you can see it here. I mean, that is very much exaggerated the way it is here in the Ram 1500. But it's that sort of industrial, utilitarian design that made me really love it. I wish that Ram, however, capitalized on that design back then and produced a rival to the Suburban, a larger SUV with that kind of style. My final pick is yet another sport coupe. It is the Mercedes Benz AMG GT. [MUSIC PLAYING] Again, it's the familiar theme of really long hood, a wide maw of a grill here that denotes that it needs a lot of air to breathe, like a beast. And I mean, again, really huge intakes here as well. One thing I'm not too crazy about is this feature right here. I like that it's a cut-out, and it's not surrounded by plastic, but it's this badge right here that kind of throws me off. I feel like maybe if they did something a little more subtle, it would have been better, at least personally for me. Again, man, there's so many things to like about the proportions of this car. And another echo here is that kick-out there that catches light. It just lends it a little more visual interest. And then at the very back of the car, it's really, really quite rounded over, almost egg-like, like a Porsche 928. but they broke it up and kept it from looking overly bulbous by introducing these cutouts here. Whether or not they're actual heat extractors that function or not, there is a function. And that's aesthetically, it breaks up a lot of the monotony back here and keeps it looking a little sharper, a little more racy. In any case, those are my picks for the 10 most beautiful cars on sale today. I'm sure you have some disagreements with my picks and probably thought I left out a few and probably included a few that didn't deserve to be. Leave a comment below. Leave a civilized comment below. Let's start a dialogue. It's not like I don't have the time to respond. Thanks for watching the video. Thanks for hanging out all the way to the end. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe. And of course, for any of these vehicles, if you want any information, head on over to edmunds.com. Stay safe. Take care of your friends. Take care of your family. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Edmunds' Mark Takahashi, a former designer and art director, gives his ranking of the best-looking and most beautiful cars, trucks and SUVs on sale.


Features & Specs

Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT features & specs
Stingray 2dr Coupe w/2LT
6.2L 8cyl 8AM
MSRP$66,200
MPG 15 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission8-speed automated manual
Horsepower490 hp @ 6450 rpm
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Stingray 2dr Coupe w/3LT features & specs
Stingray 2dr Coupe w/3LT
6.2L 8cyl 8AM
MSRP$70,850
MPG 15 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission8-speed automated manual
Horsepower490 hp @ 6450 rpm
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Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT features & specs
Stingray 2dr Coupe w/1LT
6.2L 8cyl 8AM
MSRP$58,900
MPG 15 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission8-speed automated manual
Horsepower490 hp @ 6450 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Corvette safety features:

Blind-Spot Zone Alert
Alerts you of vehicles in your blind spot with a light in the side mirrors. Helps prevent a collision when changing lanes.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
When in reverse, alerts the driver of vehicles or other objects crossing behind the car. Helpful when backing out of parking spaces.
Rear Vision Camera
Displays a live camera video feed in the rearview mirror, replacing the reflected image. Helps mitigate the Corvette's limited rear visibility.

Chevrolet Corvette vs. the competition

Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche 911

The 911 costs more than the Corvette, but the two cars are roughly equal when it comes to performance. Like the Corvette, the 911 is extremely entertaining in any guise. Unlike the Chevrolet, the Porsche will soon be available with a manual transmission. The 992 generation's interior is far better than before with a more functional design and better materials, though cargo space is still short of the Corvette's.

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Chevrolet Corvette vs. Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro is one of the best-handling cars on the market, and the ZL1's supercharged V8 makes far more power than the non-turbocharged engine in the Corvette. While we dig the Camaro's performance, the interior is cramped and hard to see out of. Some of the controls are ill-placed, and the back seat is better used for storage, a boon given how small the trunk is.

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Chevrolet Corvette vs. Ford Shelby GT350

The GT350 has been out for a few years. This, plus the fact that it's still a Mustang, means that it doesn't turn nearly as many heads as the new Corvette. But it's still a hugely entertaining sport coupe thanks to its 526-hp V8, manual transmission and race-tuned suspension. If you're planning on doing a lot of high-performance driving events, this car may be the one to get.

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Edmunds Track Tested: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Kurt Niebuhr by Kurt Niebuhr , Vehicle Test EditorNovember 6th, 2019

So what's the big deal about the redesigned 2020 Corvette, a.k.a. "C8"? As you probably know if you got this far, the familiar 6.2-liter V8 engine has migrated to a compartment behind the driver, which means the new C8 is the first mid-engine Corvette in the model's illustrious history. Yes, the pushrod V8 makes more power than ever, and the relocated engine improves traction off the line — but our 2020 Corvette Stingray Z51 test car tipped the scales at 3,644 pounds, a full 200 pounds more than the previous-generation Z51 Coupe. Is the C8 the ultimate performance bargain, or would it leave us wanting more? We couldn't wait to hit the track and find out.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Testing Results

Price as tested: $83,825
Date of test: 10/28/2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Odometer: 3,640
Powertrain: 6.2L V8 | 8-Speed Auto-Clutch Manual | RWD
Horsepower: 495 hp @ 6,450 rpm
Torque: 470 lb-ft @ 5,150 rpm

2020 Corvette Acceleration

Acceleration Test
Result
0-30 mph
1.5 sec
0-45 mph
2.3 sec
0-60 mph
3.4 sec
0-75 mph
4.8 sec
Quarter-mile
11.5 sec @ 118.7 mph
0-60 mph w/1 ft rollout
3.2 sec

"A near-500 horsepower Corvette that's easy to launch — what a time to be alive. Having the engine behind your shoulders does a lot to improve launch traction, but the tires still snap loose when you whack the pedal to the floor. The Key Up run had a fair bit of spin until about 30 mph, but it's nice to see the ESC just stays out of the way. Shifts are quick and effortless — not super-duper crisp like the Germans do it, but they seem just as fast. The motor pulls good and hard up to about 6,500 rpm, where, depending on traction, or the gear, it will shift up and the fun begins again. Even the Z51 specification doesn't sound anywhere near as fast as it goes, but I'm guessing the aftermarket will have something to say about that. Launch control is a simple procedure that involves selecting Track mode, activating Performance Traction Management (two quick pushes on the ESC button), holding down the brake pedal, matting the throttle and letting it go when the revs get to 3,500. It's not a brutal launch like a Tesla or something with, say, 700 horsepower, but it does get your attention. As does the wheelspin and the slight tail-out drift up to about 40 mph. Our surface isn't the grippiest, and that manifested itself through the wheelspin. But this is a real-world surface and these are real-world numbers. Shifts with launch control remain the same — quick and seamless upshifts with none of the overly exaggerated stuff you get with German 'boxes. I prefer how the Vette does it. Our SAE weather correction, and the weather, dealt us another blow by actually adding some time to the run (+0.2 sec) because of the higher-than-usual barometric pressure. But hey, this thing is still a damn sight faster than most anything else in its class."

2020 Corvette Braking

Braking Test
Result
30-0 mph
25 ft
60-0 mph
105 ft

"These braking tests show the limits of the modest, and a little narrow, 245-section Pilot Sport 4S front tires. The consistency is what we expect from a high-performance sports car, as is the stability we saw with every stop. Pedal feel is pretty good in whatever mode you're in (the C8's brake-pedal feel can be adjusted much like steering weight), but my feet aren't finely tuned enough to tell any real difference between the modes. ABS is pretty well isolated from the pedal, but you still get some buzzing through the sole of your shoe — it's not unwelcome. The 300-treadwear tires do struggle a bit, and you can feel a little sliding right after the pedal strike as well as just before you come to a full stop. A more aggressive tire would easily shave 10 feet off the distance."

2020 Corvette Handling

Handling Test
Result
Skidpad, 200-ft diameter
1.09 g

"It's right to expect good numbers from a Corvette, but the ease with which you can get them is likely to be a hallmark of the C8. And keep in mind, these aren't special superhero tires like a Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 or some other nearly treadless wonder rubber. These are Pilot Sport 4S tires, and the fronts are only 245-section. Despite how the car looks, understeer is the dominant handling trait around the skidpad. But to the Vette's credit, the limit is easily predictable, and the understeer is easily reigned in with a slight lift of the throttle. In Tour mode, steering effort is on the light side but remains direct and fast acting. Great forward visibility gets the most out of the responsive steering and lets you make minute corrections down to the last few feet. ESC seems absent, but it is working with almost total transparency, at least during steady-state cornering. Ratcheting things up, Track mode provides a substantial increase in steering effort, sharper throttle response, sharper E-LSD response and very little, if any, ESC correction. The quickest runs involved shutting off ESC and driving the Vette around the 'pad. The rear axle is really working to get you around with near neutrality, but there's always the safety net of a little understeer. This new Vette really talks to you, something no other Vette has really done. I would still like a bit more information on what the front tires are up to, especially in higher-speed corners, but it's very difficult to fault the Vette for much more. I can take or leave the square steering wheel. It's comfortable enough, but tighter corners mean you'll eventually wind up grabbing a corner of the 'wheel.' That's a bit weird. Oh yeah, 1.09g. Pretty amazing stuff."

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Vehicle Details

Drivetrain
Drive Type: Rear-Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Conventional Gasoline
Engine Configuration: V8                                                              
Engine Displacement (liters): 6.2                                                             
Engine Induction Type: Naturally Aspirated
Indicated Redline: 6,500                                                               
Actual Redline (rev limit): 6,750                                                               
Fuel Type: 91 octane                                                                    
Transmission Type: Auto-Clutch Manual
Transmission Speeds: 8
Paddle Shifters: Yes wheel-mounted
Downshift Rev Match/Throttle Blip: Yes
Holds Gears at Rev Limiter: Yes 

Curb Weight and Weight Distribution
Curb weight as tested (lbs): 3,644                                                           
Weight L/F (lbs): 684                                                          
Weight L/R (lbs): 1,115                                                                 
Weight R/F (lbs): 755                                                                    
Weight R/R (lbs): 1,090                                                                
Weight distribution, front (%): 39.5 

Brakes
ABS Type: Full ABS                                                           
Brake Rotor Type - Front: 1-Piece Disc                    
Brake Rotor (other) - Front: Vented
Brake Caliper Type - Front: Fixed                                                            
Brake Pistons - Front: 4                                                                
Brake Rotor Type - Rear: 1-Piece Disc
Brake Rotor (other) - Rear: Vented
Brake Caliper Type - Rear: Fixed                                                            
Brake Pistons - Rear: 4                                                                 
Parking Brake: Button                           

Tires
Tire pressure spec - Front: 23 psi                                                  
Tire pressure spec - Rear: 24 psi                                                   
Tire Make: Michelin                                                            
Tire Model: Pilot Sport 4S                                                             
Tire Tread: Asymmetrical                                                              
Tire Type: Run Flat                                                             
Tire Season: Summer                                                                   
Tire Size (sidewall) - Front: 245/35 ZR19 89Y ZP     
Tire Size (sidewall) - Rear: 305/30 ZR20 99Y ZP
Spare Tire Type: None                                                                 
Tire Treadwear Rating: 300                                                                    
Tire Temperature Rating: A                                                           
Tire Traction Rating: AA    

About the Driver
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