Motor Trend is first out of the gate with their review of the 2020 Corvette Stingray and you could probably say that the members of the Corvette Team are smiling right now.
That’s what happens when you under-promise and over-deliver.
Chevrolet told the world that its new mid-engine Corvette equipped with the Z51 package can go 0-60 MPH in under 3.0 seconds. Motor Trend confirms the under 3-second sprint with a time of 2.8 seconds – making this Corvette the quickest ever tested. Even faster than the 755-hp Corvette ZR1 whose sprint time was 2.85 seconds.
And speaking of the Corvette ZR1, Motor Trend‘s quarter-mile time for the outgoing supercar was 10.8 seconds at 133.1 mph. The new 495-hp 2020 Corvette Stingray Z51 comes in at 11.1 seconds at 123.2 MPH – just 0.3 seconds behind the mighty ZR1.
Motor Trend says the C8 Corvette’s other big number comes on the skidpad with a 1.04 average lateral g while wearing the Pilot 4S summer tires. That’s a great time but it is less than the C7 Z51 which pulled 1.11 average lateral G while wearing the previous Michelin Pilot Super Sports tires.
When pushed to its limits, Motor Trend says the 2020 Corvette seems to exhibit understeer which they call a feature (not a bug) as it makes it harder for the vehicle to go sideways and reduces the chances of spinning out. MT believes that Corvette’s future performance models will trade that understeer for performance.
One area that didn’t do as well for the C8 as the C7s is the braking performance and that’s to be expected after moving the engine behind the driver. The 2020 Corvette Stingray Z51 comes to a dead stop from 60 mph in 97 feet. Motor Trend again says the brakes are great for daily driving but when pushed is where they appear to fall short.
The review of the Corvette also delves into the quality and feel of the interior where again Chevy’s new sports car receives and A+ from the reviewers. All and all a very well rounded review of the new Corvette. But don’t take my word. Here’s the conclusion from the Motor Trend staff:
For decades, we made excuses for the Corvette’s foibles, arguing its performance per dollar trumped all else. The C7 changed that, showing us Chevy could afford to make the Corvette nice, too, in addition to fast. Still, it wasn’t as nice as the cars it was beating on the stopwatch.
No more. The C8 is not only powerful, but, dare we say, it’s also the most premium-feeling Corvette that Chevrolet has ever made. It’s the quickest Corvette to ever roll off the assembly line and up to a stoplight, and it somehow still starts at $60,000. And this is just the beginning.
Head over to Motor Trend to read the entire review and then make sure you send it to all your friends because this is some fantastic news for the 2020 Corvette Stingray!
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