The Most Anticipated Vehicle Reveal In Years: Mid-Engine Corvette Looks To Take On The World

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The day has come. It’s finally here. The mid-engined Corvette. After nearly five years of reporting on its development, the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray has made its debut inside a massive air hanger in Tustin, California. And if you’ve been following along, you likely already have it in your mind as to whether or not you want one, and/or whether or not it’s one of the greatest achievements ever from General Motors: a mid-engined V8 supercar for a fraction of the price compared to vehicles of the same body style. It’s an American icon: rethought, reborn, and rejuvenated.

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The 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray will be powered by a 6.2L V8 engine, code named LT2. As mentioned in previous articles, it is a modified version of the LT1 V8 from the C7 Stingray, with different exhaust and intake manifolds to package in this mid-engined application. And for the first time ever, the Corvette integrates a dual-clutch transmission. This one is sourced from Tremec, and has eight speeds. Its ECU will be damn near impossible to crack. Output from the LT2 equipped with the Z51 Performance Packages is a lively 495 horsepower, and 470 lb-ft of torque.


The power from the C8 Corvette’s LT2 and its lightning-fast dual clutch transmission sends the mid-engined supercar from 0-60 in under three seconds. That’s faster than the 650 horsepower C7 Z06, and might even be faster than the 2.8 second 0-60 time of the 755 horsepower Corvette ZR1. Amazing.

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There are a lot of firsts here for the C8 Corvette. Starting with the steering wheel, we see a flat top with an indicator stripe, a flat bottom, and massive metal paddle shifters. It’s easily the most aggressive steering wheel we’ve seen in a Corvette, by far, and takes heavy inspiration from the racing program. There’s also the high-tech display screens, each of them driver focused. The passenger in the Corvette is not a priority here, and their reward for riding shotgun are multiple grab handles. The divider panel between both occupants is capped by a bevy of buttons that control the heated/cooled seats, as well as HVAC. Hey, people complained about a lack of buttons. So General Motors is giving us buttons. Additionally, there are button controls for the eight-speed DCT, in lieu of a gear shifter. This provides superior packaging, but Chevrolet opted to keep the cupholders covered.Overall, the design is very unique, highly athletic, and unmistakably Corvette.

As a surprise to us – there are two storage areas. There’s the expected frunk at the nose of the C8 Stingray – good enough for duffle bags. However, the larger cargo area in the rear – behind the engine itself – is large enough to fit whole golf bags.


The 2020 Corvette is going to arrive somewhere with a starting MSRP of under $60,000. In other words, GM appeared to price a 20-oz cut of Italian horse meat to the equivalent of a Big Mac. What a time to be alive.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of the all-new Chevrolet Corvette.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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