Even the engineers were surprised at how fast the new Corvette is.
The all-new mid-engined Corvette's performance numbers were recently leaked. Now Chevrolet has confirmed that the 0-30 and 0-60 mph times are accurate. The base model Stingray without the Z51 pack is still staggeringly quick and hits 60 mph in three seconds dead. Adding the Z51 package only shaves 0.1 of a second off the time, sprinting to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. According to the previously leaked information, the quarter-mile was run in 11.3 seconds. However, Chevrolet has the C8 Corvette pegged at 11.2 seconds with a speed of 123 mph without the Z51 package. Z51 cars make the same time, but with a 121 mph top speed on the run.
"The performance of the 2020 Stingray has far exceeded our expectations," said Alex MacDonald, Chevrolet vehicle performance manager. "Moving more weight over the rear wheels helps us get off the line quicker, but it's the integration between the powertrain and chassis that really takes the performance to new levels."
There's no arguing that those numbers show insane straight-line performance from the base model Corvette with a buy in of just $59,995. According to Chevy, the LT2 engine is the only naturally aspirated V8 in the segment and is SAE-certified at 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust, making it the most-powerful entry Corvette ever.
The engine and weight placement are just part of the equation, though. "The goal from the beginning was to design a transmission worthy of an exotic supercar that is fun to drive every day," said Terri Schulke, GM global chief engineer of transmissions. "We achieved that goal by combining the best attributes of the LT2 and the DCT, and I think the impressive performance numbers speak for themselves."
Of course, straight-line numbers are fun to talk about, but the chassis has to be up to scratch when the Corvette is aimed at corners. So far, there's been no Nurburgring lap time for the C8 Corvette from Chevy, although an unofficial source claims it lapped the Green Hell in 7 minutes and 4 seconds. Even with a Nurburgring time, it won't be until it gets into drivers' hands that we'll know if Chevy's latest sports car is the game-changer we're expecting.