After countless years of rumors and failed launches, Chevrolet finally announced earlier this year that the 2020 Corvette Stingray will bring an evolutionary change to the Corvette. For the first time ever, the Corvette has a new, mid-engine layout. For years, the automotive industry’s luxury car companies have put the engine right behind the driver compared to conventional cars. Placing the engine in the center of the car balances the weight evenly, improving performance.
Parent company General Motors made the Corvette as the working man’s answer to the super automobiles of Italy and Germany. However, as more companies started moving the engines to the center, the Corvette stuck its tried and true design. Even Corvette’s first chief designer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, tried to sell the idea of a mid-engine Corvette to his employers, but to no avail.
However, with declining sales and with seemingly a new super car being introduced every couple of months, GM had to think of something to introduce to the masses and a way to get a new generation hooked to an American classic. With that, they revealed the mid-engine designed and a base price-tag that dropped jaws; the base-model starts at $60,000 USD. The car will feature a 495-hp 6.2-liter V-8 and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle. The car will be available in the winter of 2019 and is available now for pre-order. Chevrolet says you can expect acceleration to 60 mph in under 3 seconds with 2020 Corvette Stingrays with the Z51 Performance package.
There are more details that will be released as the car gets closer to the street release date. If you’re a fan of the Corvette, you should be excited. This car will turn heads and possibly spark competition with the European giants because of its relatively cheap price point for a sports car. General Motors hopes to send a message it’s competitors that they’re not playing around.
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