The launch of the 2020 Corvette Stingray is expected to happen next month, and just about every fact, figure and facet about the revolutionary American icon has trickled out at this point. Except for one thing: the fuel economy. Not that it’s a major priority for the C8’s rabid fanbase, but it’s nevertheless another statistic to study.
According to Autoblog, C8 Chief Engineer Ed Piatek claims that the 2020 Corvette Stingray is good for 15 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.Official EPA numbers are expected this week. Not bad for a 495 horsepower/470 lb-ft V8 engine. But that’s been a fun fact about the Corvette (and pushrod V8 engines) for decades now; their fuel economy will surprise you.
When the C7 Corvette Stingray launched in 2013, the EPA rated it at 17 mpg city, 29 mpg highway for 21 mpg combined with the standard seven-speed manual transmission. Power figures started at 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque from the very similar 6.2L LT1 V8. The C8 incorporates the engine codenamed LT2, which is largely the same, except the LT2 was designed and built for mid-engine configurations.
For further comparison, the Porsche 911, which starts with just 379 horsepower, achieves 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. That said, good fuel economy in a sports car is nice and all, but who really buys a Corvette for the MPGs? Kind of like ordering a steak for the carbs, if you ask us.
The launch of the C8 Corvette Stingray is indeed around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped anybody from already looking ahead to the high performance Z06 supercar. Teased by the C8.R, the C8 Z06 is expected to run an all-new DOHC V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft that mirrors the race car, which placed 4th place in its inaugural race at the 24 hours of Daytona this past weekend.