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The 2020 Corvette Stingray Was The Biggest Product Reveal In Recent Memory

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On July 18, 2019, inside the confines of a massive dirigible hanger in California, the world bared witness to an iconic American sports car, reimagined. The mid-engine Corvette was finally revealed, 60 years after Zora Arkus-Duntov originally began experimenting with the mid-rear engine layout for superior performance, compared to the conventional front-engine setup. The C8 Corvette represents a giant leap forward for mass-produced vehicles in any market. After all, there is absolutely no other new product out there that offers eight cylinders, two seats, rear wheel drive, and an exotic mid-rear engine layout for anything close to $60,000. In this regard, the 2020 Corvette Stingray is truly in a class of one.

Fast forward a year later, and it’s been a turbulent launch for the C8 Corvette. There’s no denying that the UAW Strike, COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain hiccups, and various quality issues have affected the mid-engine Stingray’s inaugural year. Nevertheless, the incredible demand for the new Corvette remains steadfast, even as customers have been bumped to the 2021 model year.

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For those that could actually acquire a 2020 Corvette Stingray, it means that it’s a future collectable. And even more rare is the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible. This is because the production cycle of the 2020 model year is riding on a timeline of just seven months, beginning in late March/early April. The 2021 Corvette changeover is expected to begin in November.

Further down the line, the 2022 Corvette Z06 is expected to delivery shock and awe with a flat-plane crank LT6 V8 engine, a center mounted exhaust, carbon fiber wheels, huge Michelin tires, a larger wing, and an active aerodynamics. In a couple years’ time, hybrid all-wheel drive variants are expected to emerge. Expected to be called the Corvette Zora, this American hypercar will likely deliver performance that rivals the million-plus-dollar McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 for a small fraction of the price.

In short, the story of the mid-engine Corvette is just getting started.

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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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