The 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray is still off limits to the general public, with its launch scheduled to happen in “early 2020,” according to Chevrolet. However, major publication such as Motor Trend and Road & Track have been privileged enough to acquire one for various soft ball pieces (like talking about its buttons), but also for their various performance car of the year awards. With 490+ horsepower, a dual-clutch transmission, the latest in performance calibration software, and a revolutionary layout (for the Corvette), the C8 Stingray is easily the most anticipated performance car of the year. But it may be too early to say if it will win any awards.
Looking to upset the 2020 Corvette Stingray is the 776 horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the highly anticipated Mk V Toyota Supra, as well as the next-generation 2020 Porsche 911. Road & Track will also be testing the new Lamborghini Huracan Evo, as well as the McLaren 600 LT Spider. In other words, to say that the C8 Corvette is a shoe-in for any award would be a bit juvenile, as the list of contestants appears to be more than stacked. However, the new Corvette is undoubtedly the vehicle that is attracting the most curiosity, and is the main draw to this heavy-hitting fight card.
Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire is one of the PCOTY judges for Road & Track, and just yesterday he posted a “One-Take” video of driving the C8 Corvette around Thunderhill race track. The West configuration to be exact. Farah opens the video up with saying that he’s embargoed from saying anything about the American supercar at the moment (a common quid pro quo practice in automotive media), but that doesn’t stop him from turning the camera on for us all to watch and listen to the mid-engine Corvette in action.
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