The C8 Corvette falls short of the C7 in one key area.
Since the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was revealed to considerable fanfare, the new Corvette Convertible and C8.R race car have also been revealed. Now, the embargo for media driving impressions of the Corvette Stingray has lifted, and a major flaw has been uncovered.
As we're sure you know by now, the C8 is the first mid-engined Corvette, so you would think it would have better visibility without the engine at the front. However, this is not the case according to Car and Driver.
After taking some visibility measurements, Car and Driver discovered the Corvette's hood blocks four more feet of road than the McLaren 720S, even though the driver sits two inches higher. The McLaren 720S also has more front cargo space. The Acura NSX and Porsche 718 Cayman also have better front visibility. But how does the C8's visibility compare to the C7?
Appaently, the C8's nose blocks 15 feet of road visibility compared to 12 feet in the C7. From the back, the C8 offers 97 feet of rear visibility, while the C7's rear visibility is 253 feet. Conversely, however, the C8 Corvette gives the driver a better panoramic view than the C7's cabin did. Drivers have 158 degrees of view out of the front and 96 degrees out of the back, compared to 154 degrees out the front and 86 degrees from the rear in the C7.
Apart from this setback, the reception for the 2020 Corvette Stingray has been very positive. Starting at $58,900, it's a performance bargain. A 6.2-liter V8 sends 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, enabling the C8 Corvette to hit 0-62 mph in less than three seconds with the Z51 package installed.