Chevrolet ditches the front-engined setup and opts to make the Corvette a mid-engined sportscar
SAME, BUT DIFFERENT. THAT'S WHAT the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is about. It has familiar styling details but the new Corvette has something drastically different – it is now mid-engined.
Repositioned behind the driver is a naturallyaspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine that makes 495bhp and 637Nm – more power and torque than any entry-level Corvette. But just like older Corvettes, this is an old-school motor with its pushrods and two valves per cylinder. That said, it now gets a dry sump, VVT and cylinder deactivation. There's no manual on offer now either, an 8-speed DCT with an LSD is the only option you get.
The styling is distinctly Corvette, with plenty of cues from the C7 carried over but it looks distinct. It is 4.6m long and the cabin is now pushed a fair bit forward – 419mm to be precise – courtesy the engine vacating that space. What has really gotten a lot of attention is the price tag – which puts it in the same price bracket as the likes of the BMW M2 Competition internationally. That's tremendous value for a mid-engined car with a big, burbling V8.