The 2020 C8 Corvette reveal is just three days away, and the internet is abuzz with pent up excitement. Feeding into this has been a steady trickle of official details from Chevrolet, the latest of which is the confirmation that the C8 will indeed retain the “Stingray” name as its base model. Our guide to everything we so far know about the 2020 Corvette stated this would happen, due to spy photos of the C8’s interior with the Stingray name and emblem in the cabin.
What we so far have gathered about the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray is that it will be powered by a 6.2L small block V8, code-named LT2. It is largely the same as the LT1 Gen. V small block V8 currently found in the C7 Corvette and Chevrolet Camaro, but tailored for this mid-engine application. Its body composition will be largely made of a mix of aluminum and steel. A carbon fiber monocoque design is not in the cards.
MC&T expects the 2020 C8 Corvette to keep around every variant name found on the C7, starting with the Stingray. The Z51 performance package will also make a return. However, don’t expect a Grand Sport, Z06, or ZR1 at launch. We also have a hunch that Chevrolet has something special planned for the 2023 model year, which will be the 70th anniversary of the Corvette. This is where we expect the “Zora” name to enter the lineup. For those unaware, Zora was the first name of the “father of the Corvette”, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
Other names that the C8 Corvette could include are Manta Ray, Mako Shark, and L88. All of these names have special significance in Corvette lore, and would expand on the diversity of the lineup. General Motors President Mark Reuss has previously mentioned a “wide-range” of C8 Corvette variants, as well.