Fastest or Quickest: It’s All About the Downforce on the 2020 Corvette Stingray


Fastest or Quickest: It's All About the Downforce on the 2020 Corvette Stingray

With each passing day, we are learning more about the 2020 Corvette Stingray. Now that we got the release of pricing out of the way, we are now hoping to learn more specific information about the next-generation Corvette’s performance statistics.

Already we know two important numbers, the 0-60 mph and the top speed of the car.

At the official reveal, Corvette’s Tadge Juechter made the jaw-dropping announcement that the 2020 Stingray with the Z51 performance package could go 0-60 mph in “under three seconds”. That’s C7 ZR1 territory for the entry-level model and an incredible exclamation point to the exciting visuals the car brings.

With yesterday’s pricing information out, Chevrolet also announced that the 2020 Corvette Stingray’s top track speed.

Corvettes are supposed to be fast but what’s really stunning is that you can hit the Stingray’s top speed of 194 mph in the base 490-hp 1LT Corvette for just $59,995!

In fact, Autoblog tells us that when you add $5,000 for the Z51 Performance Package, the rear wing spoiler adds 400 pounds of downforce, which helps to make the car faster in the 0-60 mph time, but it also brings the overall top speed of the Stingray Z51 Coupe down to 184 mph.

With the performance exhaust, upgraded suspension, and larger Brembo brakes, the Z51 Performance Package will pay dividends to those owners who track their Corvettes and the 400 lbs of downforce assist in keeping the car planted to the road course.

Fastest or Quickest: It's All About the Downforce on the 2020 Corvette Stingray

Corvette owners have always had choices, but very rarely do you hear of the cheapest entry model having a faster top speed than the car with more horsepower and the performance package.

Although there’s not many places you can drive your Corvette to 194 mph, it’s still nice to know that you could! Corvette buyers who decide not to check the box on the Z51 will have their own set of bragging rights when it comes to overall speed. At least for the next year or so until the next C8 Corvette model is released.


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  1. I believe the above white C8 is the first I’ve seen without the rear spoiler. I’ve got to say, the C8 looks even better without the spoiler, the body lines seem to flow better across its rear. Is it that as large as the C8’s rear-end is, the spoiler only exasperates its size? I’m liking it even more… JB

  2. The Z51 rear wing does not aid in the 0-60 time as stated above in the article. and as far as the 400 pounds of down force that is at 185 mph only. Below 100 mph it does very very little. Don’t care who you quoted, get the facts straight before publishing please.

  3. The legendary long hood, short deck, that has iconically signified the Vette, is gone. It will take a long time, for me, at least, to get used to the short snout necessitated by the mid-engine layout. I miss my C3, C4 and C5; a lot!

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