Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 revealed at last
The long-awaited eighth generation of the legendary Chevrolet Corvette has finally come out of the shadow. The sports car has gone through a massive redesign and now boasts a mid-engine layout.
The new 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine is technically similar to its predecessor, but delivers 502 hp (374 kW) and 637 Nm (470 pound-feet) of torque instead of the old 466 hp (347 kW) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft). The car relies on an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to send the power to the wheels and concludes its 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in under three seconds.
Needless to say, Chevrolet planned these major structural changes well in advance. The company built multiple mid-engine concept cars and even let it slip that it had initially wanted to make the Corvette C7 a mid-engine vehicle. However, it never went through with these plans until now.
Allegedly, the main reason for the layout switch was the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans racing series, where all of its rivals switched long ago.
Editor Andrew Raspopov