The Chevy Corvette C8 — another name for the eighth-generation Corvette — incorporates an exciting new mid-engine layout. While the Corvette design traditionally comes with a standard front-engine design, like a majority of sedans and coupes, the C8 introduces new driving dynamics, a revised look, and enhanced performance.
According to Yahoo, the engineer who is often credited as the “father of the Corvette,” Zora Arkus-Duntov, had been trying to develop a mid-engine Corvette for years. However, it wasn’t until the 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray arrived on the scene that a mid-engine design manifested itself.
“This has always been Corvette’s destiny and is the supercar that we’ve all wanted to see for so long,” says Mark Reuss, president of GM. Under the hood is a naturally aspirated V8 engine, but — despite its similarity to previous generations in terms of specs — the C8 is unlike any Corvette you’ve ever seen. “The displacement is the same and the number of cylinders is the same, but everything else is all new.”
When you opt for a performance package, for instance, the C8 will get 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, with a projected 0-to-60 mph time of less than three seconds. With a new profile, new weight distribution, and more, the 2020 Corvette is truly unique.
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