Huge news broke on Monday night as the new 2020 Corvette Stingray is named MotorTrend’s Car of the Year!
It’s a massive win for the Corvette Team who up-ended 66 years of tradition and transitioned to the mid-engine architecture because of physics. They had simply wrung all the performance that was possible with the front-engine Corvettes. And now that Moonshot (recalling the NASA-inspired launch presentation) has just been validated by one of the most prestigious automotive awards in the industry.
In its coverage of the announcement, MotorTrend writes another fantastic review of the new Corvette, and yet it’s brutally honest in its criticisms of the car as well. The judges loved the interior (mostly), while it’s the exterior design elements that they weren’t crazy about. But what was universally loved was how good the car drives. “It’s so easy to drive,” says MT’s editor-in-chief Ed Loh.
MotorTrend calls the sportscar a “disrupter” that will radically shift the automotive landscape, a theme that was prevalent throughout the review. Corvette owners have always equated the value of Corvettes for their performance for the money, and like tradition, Chevrolet lives up to the hype with the new Corvette.
The review also compares the attainable performance of the 495-hp Corvette Stingray with offerings from Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, and even the 2019 ZR1. For those other brands, I would start to worry about your sales over the next few years.
Here’s just a sampling of quotes from the judges of MotorTrend’s Car of the Year.
As a group of experts, we collectively loved driving the thing. “The sound is just thrilling when you accelerate, punctuating each shift change, sounding and feeling fabulous,” Priddle said. Theodore agreed: “The C8 is very easy to drive, with very high capabilities that most owners will not reach.” Nishimoto added, “Happiness is having a small-block V-8 rumbling behind you.” Rechtin called the C8 “something that can be driven very fast, all day, but you emerge completely rested and relaxed.” And MotorTrend en Español managing editor Miguel Cortina said, “Finally, a Corvette that I enjoy driving.”
Even though the news just broke this evening, we see that the Corvette page on Instagram has this post:
This is the third time that the Chevrolet Corvette has been named Car of the Year from MotorTrend. The first was in 1984 and the second award came in 1998. Along with the prestige and bragging rights is the awarding of the Golden Calipers trophy.
Taking home the MotorTrend Car of the Year award is a huge win for the Corvette Team who worked so diligently to bring to life a clean-sheet design of a Corvette with the engine that sits behind the driver. We offer a huge round of congratulations to the entire team. But more importantly, it’s a huge win for Corvette enthusiasts, many of who will be driving MotorTrend’s Car of the Year in just a few months!
Head over to MotorTrend to read the Car of the Year reviews and make sure you check out all the photos.
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