2020 Corvette Is Even Faster Than Chevrolet Claims

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Turns out Chevrolet underestimated the C8 Corvette's performance capabilities.

With a starting price of just $58,900, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a phenomenal sports car bargain. Want proof? A recent video recorded by a C8 Corvette owner showed the mid-engine sports car having no trouble keeping up with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS at the Willow Springs race track. That's an impressive achievement considering the 2020 Corvette Stingray costs around $128,000 less than the GT3 RS. And now one owner has discovered the C8 Corvette could be even faster than Chevrolet claims.

Chevrolet claims the 2020 Corvette will do the 0-62 mph sprint in 2.9 seconds. But YouTuber Mike Davenport (aka Chevy Dude) wanted to put Chevrolet's claims to the test, and it turns out its estimates were conservative.

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With the Z51 package installed, the C8 Corvette's 6.2-liter V8 produces 495 horsepower. Using a stock 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Davenport decided to test the car's launch control system on a private stretch of road. Skip to around 14 minutes into the video, and you can see the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette hit 0-62 mph in just 2.7 seconds according to the car's on-board data recorder, much to Davenport's surprise. While the car is stock, it was equipped with some optional extras to help it achieve this.

For $5,000, the Z51 Package adds an electronic limited-slip differential to improve acceleration, as well as grippy Michelin summer tires, better engine cooling, and a unique rear spoiler and front splitter to enhance the aerodynamics.

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It also adds performance suspension, a performance exhaust, and Brembo brakes. The only downside is that the Z51 Package reduces the C8 Corvette's top speed from 194 mph to 184 mph. But if quicker acceleration is a priority, the Z51 Package is an essential upgrade.

No doubt the sunny weather and excellent grip levels also influenced this performance run, but it's still impressive to see a stock C8 Corvette accelerate faster than Chevrolet claims. Just wait until the more powerful next-generation Corvette Z06 arrives.

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