Chalk up two more awards for the 2020 Corvette Stingray!
MotorWeek has just named the new mid-engine Chevy not only as its Best Performance Car of 2020, but also its Best of the Year overall.
“Now if you didn’t see that one coming, clearly you haven’t been paying attention,” MotorWeek says.
They praised the new C8 for more than just its revolutionary mid-engine design, citing the all-new LT2 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and its “impressively smooth and quick” eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
“Some may have wished for more HP, or some power adders, and we’re sure they’re coming sooner rather than later,” MotorWeek predicts. “But, until then, you’ll have to deal with taking a full 2.9-seconds to get to 60, the fastest ever for an entry-level Corvette.”
Of course, the whole point behind the move of the engine behind the driver was to improve handling, and MotorWeek praised the sharper steering and overall response created by the switch.
“Now all of that means nothing if the driving experience doesn’t improve as well, and trust us, it has,” MotorWeek says. “You now sit much closer to the front wheels, and forward visibility is unparalleled, giving you a great view of the road ahead as well as everything around it rushing by you.”
The “tech-savvy cockpit that is truly super-car worthy” attains “a very inviting new level of comfort for Corvette,” creating “an impressively quiet car to spend time in,” they said.
That comfortable interior is great news for owners who want to do extensive road tripping, MotorWeek reports, further praising Chevy’s “great strides” to make sure there is plenty of luggage space.
But the biggest win of all, MotorWeek says, is that despite all of these improvements, GM kept the price to an attainable level below $60,000.
They noted that it’s “nearly impossible” for the new Corvette to live up to all of the hype it has received, “yet that is just what the mid-engine ‘vette has done,” MotorWeek says.
“The Corvette has always offered supercar-like performance on a muscle-car budget, despite carrying the weight of its power-plant directly over the front wheels,” they conclude. “So, there’s no telling where things can go from here; and we can’t wait to find out!”
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