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GM Officially Has The C8 Corvette Clocked At A 2.9 Second 0-60


With the huge departure in form brought by the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet also promised a big step in performance as well, originally teasing a sub-3-second 0-60 sprint time for the first-ever mid-engine Corvette.

Now comes the actual data.

Chevy has confirmed the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray with the available Z51 package will absolutely-without-a-doubt reach 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, along with being capable of crushing the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 121 mph. The brand says that even the $59,995 base Stingray will hit sixty in three seconds flat and also cross the quarter-mile mark in 11.2 seconds, which quite obviously makes the C8 the quickest entry-level Corvette in the model’s 66-year history, and pretty close to the quickest ever.

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Most of the heavy lifting is done by the brand new 6.2L LT2 Small Block V8 engine which pairs with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The LT2 is the only naturally aspirated V-8 in class and offers a bombastic 495 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust.

Chevy says a big part of the LT2’s additional punch is due to how much better it breathes. The intake system is a low restriction design and uses a pair of identical 210mm length intake runners which join up with an 87mm throttle body. The four-into-one performance header exhaust manifolds are also low restriction while twisted runners allow for thermal expansion.

Internally, to take advantage of the newfound airflow, the camshaft has 14mm of gross lift on both intake and exhaust strokes with an increased duration for both profiles. The LT2 retains variable valve timing, with 62 crank degrees of cam phasing available.

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Chevy’s first proper dual-clutch transmission is a bespoke, transaxle transmission that was developed with Tremec to provide uninterrupted torque delivery no matter the situation. At its heart are two concentric wet clutches that are opened by springs and closed with hydraulic pressure. The pair work in tandem for uninterrupted torque delivery as they flip between gears.

Gear ratios were engineered to be incredibly low-end biased to take advantage of the small block’s great gift to the world, gobs of effortless torque.

The final drive and differential are integrated for the first time, with a mechanical slip differential coming standard on all 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays. The mLSD has an effective final drive ratio of 4.9:1 and is intended for heavy straight-line acceleration and dynamic handling. An electronic limited-slip differential is offered on the Z51 Performance Package and has an effective final drive ratio of 5.2:1 and offers pinpoint control during track driving.

Controlling all this hardware is a proprietary algorithm that can sense spirited driving. The level of aggressiveness will change with available drive modes, but regardless, the Tremec DCT can downshift early when braking hard, hold gears when breathing the throttle quickly and alter shift points based on lateral acceleration.

Shifts are actuated through magnesium steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters which are hardwired directly to the Transmission Control Module, which means the shift signal is sent at the same instant the paddle begins to move away from its static position, killing any latency that can come about when having to route through any other modules.

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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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