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.
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.
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.