Will the mid-engine 2020 Corvette rack up its first award soon?
We should know before the end of 2019, as competition started this morning to decide the title of Road & Track Performance Car of the Year.
Calling it “our most exciting field of contestants ever,” the magazine announced last week that the new Corvette has indeed been chosen as one of 11 cars eligible for its 2020 Performance Car of the Year award.
The C7 Corvette has a rich history in this competition, with the mighty 2019 ZR1 and the 2014 Stingray both winning titles and the 2017 Grand Sport taking third.
Rules for competing remain the same, with contestants required to be new to the market or heavily revised. Based on last year, the winner should be announced by the magazine in November.
Contestants gathered Sunday evening, with testing slated to start early today at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California to collect lap times and instrumented testing.
“From there, we’ll wind through the picturesque region of northern California until we reach Lake Tahoe to conduct our final vote on what will be the 2020 PCOTY,” the magazine says, urging enthusiasts to follow along on Instagram all week “as we’ll be posting incessantly about our days on the road and the track (hey that’s our name!).”
It could be one of the first chances to hear what it’s like to drive the new C8 Corvette, from someone other than an employee of General Motors.
Here’s what the magazine had to say about the Corvette in its preview of the competition:
Yep, we got a new Corvette for PCOTY. It’s easily the most anticipated car to debut in 2019 thanks to the relocation of its engine from the front to the middle – something car magazines have been predicting would happen for decades. Another big change is the absence of a manual transmission from the option list, with the 494-horsepower V-8 sending power to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch automatic only. We’re curious to see how it performs.
We should know soon how the new mid-engine Corvette stacks up with the big boys since it will be competing against some impressive foes like:
- Toyota Supra
- Lexus RC F Track Pack
- Lotus Evora GT
- McLaren 600LT Spider
- Lamborghini Huracan EVO
- BMW M2 Competition
- Mazda MX-5 Miata Club
- Hyundai Veloster N
- Porsche 911 Carrera S
- Nissan GT-R Nismo
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