For years there were rumblings that Chevrolet would shake up its most iconic sports car, the Corvette, by offering a mid-engined version. The masses rejoiced when spy shots of prototypes testing around Detroit first emerged, and when the latest Corvette appeared in camouflaged guise earlier this summer, speculations ran rampant about powertrain specifications, whether or not it would offer a manual transmission, how the C8 Corvette would look, and how much the all-new Corvette would cost. Now, the 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray has been officially revealed, and we’ve got some quick facts you need to know.
It’s got a V-8 that makes 495 horsepower
Nestled behind the driver’s head, mounted under glass, is Chevrolet’s LT2 6.2-liter V-8. That’s packing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque (provided you’ve ticked the optional performance exhaust system box). That naturally-aspirated mill boasts 35 more horsepower and an additional 5 lb-ft of torque over the LT1 that drives the C7 Corvette Stingray. Chevy claims this is the most powerful non-forced induction engine of all mid-engined cars. It’s crafted from an aluminum block, and positioned in such a manner to help lower the Stingray’s center of gravity, and has a dry-sump oil system, unprecedented in a base model ‘Vette, which helps keep everything flowing through high-speed turns.