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The latest version of the so-called American supercar-killer makes its mark at the Montreal Auto Show in Canada. Although the mid-engined sports car has been making a lot of ripples in the US, it is the first time that the Canadians could get up close with one.
A Supercar Reborn
The newest generation of Chevrolet’s famous Corvette lineup is completely redesigned from the ground up. It is the first ‘Vette in history to go with a mid-engine design, improving on both the power delivery and handling dynamics of the car. Even though only the base Stingray trim of the C8 Corvette has been unveiled, its LT2 V8 engine shows a lot of promise. It is capable of delivering 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. This makes the C8 Stingray capable of going up against the best of what the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR have to offer.
On the outside, the car has had several improvements as well. With more sharp edges in the front fenders and side skirts, the C8 Corvette looks more menacing. It comes standard with LED headlamps and taillights, along with an adaptive spoiler that adjusts as per the car’s speed. The Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray is said to be capable of a 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds and a top speed of more than 200 mph.
Quite A High Demand, Maybe Too Much
The new version has been received well by fans and critics alike. With a starting MSRP of $59,995, the pre-orders for the C8 Stingray were fully booked within a period of 3 months. It remains to be seen when will the actual physical units of the C8 Corvettes will hit the showrooms. According to Chevrolet, not anytime soon.
An executive at GM revealed that it takes as much as $80,000 to deliver a single unit to a Corvette customer. A lower price point for getting more pre-orders is not something unheard of. However, this may have worked a little too good for Chevrolet. The pressure is on them to deliver the complete package to all customers by August 2020. Both the coupe and convertible variants of the C9 Corvette Stingray will be sold in Canada, starting at an MSRP of CAD 67,898.
What the ‘Vette Holds For The Future
The Stingray trim of the C8 Corvette is just the tip of the surface. Chevrolet has announced that the C8 will follow the trend of a lineup similar to the previous-generation C7 Corvettes. Although, there are quite a few additions that will be included as well. The C8 Corvette Z06 will feature a flat-plane-crank LT2 V8 that will allow it to produce close to 650 hp. The ZR1 trim will have the same engine fitted with twin-scrolled turbochargers, making close to 800 hp.
New additions include a mild hybrid trim that will include an electric motor on the front axle. Most likely, it will be competing with cars like the McLaren Senna and the Ferrari Monza SP2 in terms of performance. Another trim, code-named Project Zora after the famous GM engineer, will also see a limited-production run. It is rumored to be capable of more than 1,000 horsepower and cost nearly $500,000.
2020 C8 Corvette Walkaround
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