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Magazines Got An Early Sampling Of The 2020 Corvette Stingray, And Its Performance Is Astonishing

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Major automotive magazines have been teasing this day as when the hard numbers will be published on the mid-engined 2020 Corvette Stingray. The ones on paper that everybody seems to like to talk about. We’re talking 0-60, quarter-mile, braking and lateral-G numbers. As you can imagine, revolutionizing the Corvette to position its engine (and 61 percent of its weight) behind the driver has not only payed dividends when it comes to its looks and styling, but also in just about every other performance metric. And, yes, a hyper-fast 8-speed dual clutch transmission equally contributes to these achievements.

Per Road & Track, the 2020 Corvette Stingray delivered an incredible 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds (!) – which is a full 1.1 seconds faster than the C7 Stingray, according to the magazine’s tests. The transmission also clicks through through two gears in the process, at 30 and 55 mph, compared to the C7 which took first gear all the way to 51 mph. To further put things into perspective, the 490 horsepower C8 Corvette Stingray is quicker to 60 than the 650 horsepower C7 Corvette Z06.

Meanwhile, Motor Trend tested the C8 Corvette Stingray, and also clocked a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds, while the quarter-mile clocked in at a serious 11.1 seconds. To compare, the 750 hp C7 Corvette ZR1 finishes that same distance in 10.8 seconds, just .3 seconds faster, according to Motor Trend’s testing.

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The biggest surprise? The 2020 Corvette Stingray actually performed worse than the C7 Stingray when it came to cornering load and braking distance. Per Road & Track, the C8 managed 1.03G on the skid pad, compared to the C7 Z51 grip of 1.08G. Then the 70-0 brake test yielded a best stopping distance of 149 feet, compared to the 146 feet observed out of the C7. This may have a bit to do with the 3,647 lb curb weight of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, which comes in at 203 lbs more than the C7 Stingray. Per Motor Trend, lateral G forces came in a 1.04G on the skid, less than their 1.11G number for the C7. Braking from 60-0 was 97 feet, which was also marginally longer than the C7, according to the magazine.

So, is the C8 Corvette simply another spreadsheet warrior, or will its lap times around tracks such as the Nurburgring tell a different story? We hope to have an answer soon.

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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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