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Every year automobile manufacturers roll out cars to keep up with the constantly evolving demands of the market and their customers. Amongst them are some cars that simply transform this terrain, and MotorTrend likes to acknowledge them as “disrupters”.
For the year 2020, that car is none other than the Chevrolet Corvette. The fact that this Vette offers so much exoticism for such little cost would have been reason enough for MotorTrend to award this Chevrolet as their Car of the Year 2020. That is not the case, however.
The guys Chevrolet Performance crafted this 10th-ever mid-engine Corvette to the point where further grilling was impossible. In fact, this C8 might have achieved what the original Acura NSX did as a usable mid-engine supercar you could drive every day.
What makes the 2020 C8 Corvette so special?
Mechanically, this C8 still gets a cam-in-block small-block V8 which has grown to 6.2-liters. Everything besides that though has changed completely. For starters, this new C8 Vette is very silent for a car that does 0-60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds. This results from the fact that this Chevy is now a lot more stiffer.
That does not affect how comfortable it is in any way. Also surprising is this Corvette’s cabin. Unlike the Corvettes of yesteryear, the cabin build-quality on this C8 is simply top-notch. The seats are comfortable and an abundance of good materials surround the cabin.
In fact, the cabin quality has improved so drastically that this Chevy’s only shortcoming might be its exterior design, which is crowded with lines shooting off in every direction. That though is only a modest complain because its looks are completely in line with the way it drives.
2020 C8 Corvette VS the C7
As mentioned above, this Corvette C8 does 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. To put things in perspective, consider this, the 755 hp C7 Corvette ZR1 takes 3.0 seconds. Even the 789 hp Ferrari 812 superfast takes 2.8 seconds. The thing that really surprises the C8 Vette though is that even with the Z51 Performance package this chevy makes only 495 hp.
That performance results from the extremely quick-shifting eight-speed DCT. The new C8 is quick to brake too. It takes about as little as 97 feet for this Corvette to reach a halt from 60 mph. Turns out, the father of the Chevrolet Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov, was on to something almost six decades ago when he began working on a mid-engine Vette back in 1959.
So for a price of under $60,000, that is $377,000 less than the Ferrari 812 Superfast, the 495 hp Chevrolet Corvette, which also 294 hp less than what that Ferrari makes, is all set to transform the world of exoticism as we know it.
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Karan Harit has been writing quality content for a variety of online sources over a span of more than 3 years. His background in Mechanical Engineering makes him a specialist in many fields of science, but automobiles are his primary preference. Karan has an excellent knowledge base of tuners and exotics alike. He has also worked on various projects that involve modifying and designing cars, from Honda Civics to VW Golfs.