Mid­dle ground

Chevro­let ditches the front-en­gined setup and opts to make the Corvette a mid-en­gined sportscar

Evo India - - BRIEFING -

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.

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