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2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray: C8 means mid-engined reinvention

by Zachery Cantrell (2020-03-07)


aws12-171229014030-thumbnail-3.jpgid="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Enlarge ImageIt's finally, finally here.

Chevrolet Yes, folks, this is it. It's the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, aka the C8. You might know it as the mystical, magical, long-awaited mid-engined Corvette. Naturally, 피나클 the bulk of the conversation around this new car will focus on where the engine sits within its chassis, but that's just the beginning of this near-reinvention for one of America's most iconic sports cars. The 'Vette has always had supercar aspirations. Now, it's a legitimate threat to the best that Europe and Japan have to offer. 

We'll start with the obvious: the engine itself. Welcome to the new LT2. It's still a 6.2-liter V8 and, at least in this initial flavor, it eschews forced induction. Where the base C7 made 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, however, this new one does 495 hp and 470 lb-ft -- or it will with the optional performance exhaust, at least. Without said exhaust, output numbers drop to 490 and 465, respectively. Dry-sump lubrication is standard, meaning a smaller oil pan and more consistent oil pressure on the track. That smaller oil pan sits the engine lower in the bay, which looks like it makes room for a supercharger in there. 



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