2020 Chevrolet Corvette Review

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Designed and engineered to match the performance of cars that cost two or three times its price, the new 2020 Corvette Stingray credibly competes with a broad spectrum of sports cars. They range from a Porsche 718 Cayman on the low end to a Ferrari 488 Spider on the high end. Dramatically redesigned and transformed into a mid-engine sports car, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is priced from less than $60,000 and with the optional Z51 Performance Package can deliver acceleration to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.

Mid-engine sports cars typically adopt similar proportions, limiting a designer’s ability to distinguish one from another. While the 2020 Corvette Stingray retains the sharply angled lines of the outgoing Corvette, from the doors forward it resembles a folded and creased Ferrari 360 Modena. The rear half of the car is more easily recognizable in terms of Corvette styling cues.

When the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette arrives, it will be available in Stingray trim. Buyers can choose from 12 exterior paints, six interior hues, and three seat designs. The Z51 Performance Package adds drivetrain, suspension, brake, exhaust, and cooling improvements to the car.

Chevrolet says changing to a mid-engine layout is necessary in order to improve the Corvette’s dynamic capabilities over the previous front-engine design. As such, a new 6.2-liter V8 engine is mounted directly behind the two seats, placing it and the car’s occupants as close to the center of gravity as is possible for maximum handling and driving enjoyment, while simultaneously improving weight distribution. With the Z51’s performance exhaust system, the new V8 develops 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. It is nestled within a compartment that is visible through the car’s rear window and uses a new 8-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission to power the Corvette’s rear wheels. Paddle shifters and launch control ensure thrilling performance.

Six driving modes tailor the Corvette’s dynamic behavior, including two new custom settings called MyMode and Z Mode. Drivers can activate Z Mode using a button on the steering wheel, instantly accessing a preferred performance profile. Set the new Corvette to Tour mode and this sports car is ready for a road trip. It has two trunks, one in front and the other under the rear hatch between the engine and a curved carbon fiber rear bumper beam. Together, they measure 12.6 cubic feet, enough for a couple of sets of golf clubs or the car’s removable roof panel.

The cockpit features a 12-inch configurable digital instrumentation display, a steering wheel flattened at the top and bottom, an electronic shifter, and the latest Chevrolet infotainment system. Climate controls are a strip of buttons and toggles on a divider between the driver and the passenger.

Angled at the driver, the infotainment system features over-the-air (OTA) software update capability, Near Field Communication (NFC) one-touch Bluetooth pairing, improved voice recognition, and wireless smartphone charging.

Additional highlights include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a WiFi hotspot connection. The system is also compatible with OnStar subscription services. A new 14-speaker Bose Performance Series premium surround sound system is available to replace the standard 10-speaker Bose system.

A next-generation Performance Data Recorder (PDR) upgrades the technology with a high-definition camera and improved user experience. Owners can configure the system to operate like a dashboard camera that records every trip.

And while some loyalists might wail that the Corvette’s switch to a mid-engine design ruins what is known as America’s sports car, there is no doubt that the 2020 Stingray is the best one yet.

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Christian Wardlaw has nearly two decades of experience reviewing cars, and has served in editorial leadership roles with Edmunds, Autobytel, and J.D. Power and Associates. Chris prefers to focus on the cars people actually buy rather than the cars about which people dream, and emphasizes the importance of fuel economy and safety as much as how much fun a car is to drive. Chris is married to an automotive journalist, is the father of four daughters, and lives in Southern California.

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