For years, Corvette has battled against competition like Porsche and Audi, usually hanging close but not winning.
Will the switch to a mid-engine format change the fortune of the new 2020 Stingray?
German automobile magazine Sport Auto recently decided to find out by pitting the new C8 mid-engine Corvette against a Porsche 911 992 Carrera S and an Audi R8 V10 RWD on the Hockenheim Ring in Germany.
The Audi R8 RWD is the horsepower champ with 532 (though torque is just 398 lb-ft) and is equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Porsche 992, meanwhile, calls on a twin-turbo 3.0-liter to produce 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, hooked to its outstanding 8-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Finally, the Corvette’s new 6.2-liter
LT2 V8 engine cranks out 495 horsepower and 470 ft-lb of torque and uses an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
So which of these world-class sports cars will emerge as the fastest at Hockenheim?
Spoiler alert: in case you don’t want to know the winner, stop reading now.
In this spirited competition, the new Corvette winds up as the third-place finisher with a time of 1:54.6, but Chevy’s first mid-engine creation finishes just a little more than a second slower than the two much more expensive competitors. The 992 finishes second at 1:53.5, just a tick slower than the Audi that crosses the line at 1:53.4.
A pretty good start for the new kid on the block, huh?
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