The new C8 Corvette/Will it be faster than the C7 Corvette? How about the competition?

Chevrolet just took the veils off the 2020 C8 Corvette, but we still don’t know much about its performance. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is just an “under-three-seconds” estimate right now, while top speed remains a mystery. How fast will the C8 Corvette be? Let’s find out below.


It’s rather strange for a high-performance car to break cover without a top speed benchmark

It might seem like Chevrolet wants to keep some details about the C8 Corvette, including its top speed, in the vault for now, but the truth is GM hasn’t yet tested that value.

“We still need to test that,” GM President Mark Reuss told journalists at the unveiling event. When contacted by The Drive, a Chevrolet spokesperson said: “We are not releasing all of the performance data for Corvette yet, and we will not provide timing for testing.”

It’s rather strange for a high-performance car to break cover without a top speed benchmark (or at least an estimate), but it’s even weirder that Chevrolet didn’t test it. This could mean that GM either wants to make sure that the Corvette comes with an impressive benchmark or it didn’t care about this particular performance figure.

The C8 Corvette needs to have a higher top speed than the C7, which is rated at 187 mph

A couple of things are certain, though. In order to be relevant, the C8 Corvette needs to have a higher top speed than the C7, which rated at 187 mph. It also needs to be competitive against its new mid-engined competitors, like the Ford GT, Ferrari 488 GTB, and Lamborghini Huracan. All these cars hit a top speed of more than 200 mph. While the Ferrari 488 GTB tops out at 205 mph, the Huracan reaches 212 mph, while the Ford GT will keep charging to 216 mph.

Needless to say, Chevrolet needs to aim toward the 200-mph mark and try to at least match the top speed of the previous Z06, rated at 205 mph. The ZR1 is even faster at 212 mph, but the C8 Corvette might not be strong enough to get there in base guise.


C1 Corvette

The nameplate’s first years on the market weren’t as spectacular

While modern Corvettes are quite impressive when it comes to performance, the nameplate’s first years on the market weren’t as spectacular. The first-generation model arrived in 1953 and, despite the ’Vette’s strong V-8 legacy, it didn’t have such an engine under the hood. The C1 Corvette debuted with a 3.9-liter inline-six unit. The Blue Flame engine was rated at only 150 horsepower, so it didn’t have much potential for a high top speed. Specs for the first-ever Corvette are rather scant, but it seems that the roadster was capable of only 108 mph. That wasn’t necessarily bad for the era, but it was inferior to what the competition had offered.

Thankfully, Chevy started using larger engines in the Corvette. The year 1955 brought a 4.3-liter V-8 with 195 horsepower, a rating that increased to 240 in 1956. The 4.6-liter V-8 that arrived in 1957 delivered up to 270 horses. This engine was further updated, and it reached 290 horsepower in 1958 and 315 horses in 1960. By far the most powerful engines in the C1 were the two 5.4-liter V-8s added for the 1962 model year. One was capable of 340 horsepower, while the FI version delivered 360 horses. With these engines, the C1 Corvette had a top speed of 140 mph, a notable improvement over the original 108-mph rating.

Read up on the 1953-1962 Chevy C1 Corvette

C2 Corvette

In 1965, two years after the C2 Corvette came into dealerships, Chevy introduced a 6.5-liter big-block V-8

The second-generation Corvette brought notable improvements in performance. Chevy dropped the inline-six engines, kept the small-block V-8, and introduced a couple of big-block V-8s. The C2 Corvette started out with a couple of 5.4-liter V-8s. The standard engine was available with 250 or 300 horsepower at launch, but output increased to 350 and 365 horses in the mid-1960s. The FI version of the same engine delivered up to 375 horsepower.

In 1965, two years after the C2 Corvette came into dealerships, Chevy introduced a 6.5-liter big-block V-8. This engine produced 425 horsepower, but it was replaced in 1966 with a bigger, 7.0-liter V-8. This mill was just as powerful at 425 horses, but Chevy also offered a 390-horsepower version. In 1967, the C2 Corvette’s final year on the market, Chevy introduced the Tri-Power variant of the big-block, which was capable of up to 435 horsepower. Top speed for the C2 ranged from 135 mph for the less expensive models to 155 mph for the range-topping version with 435 horsepower.

Check out our review of the 1963-1968 Chevy C2 Corvette

C3 Corvette

As the oil crisis struck and the government introduced new fuel economy regulations, the C3 Corvette’s power began to decline

Power and performance of the Corvette continued to rise with the arrival of the C3. At launch, in 1968, the 5.4-liter small-block V-8 was rated at 350 horsepower. The big-block mill continued to develop up to 435 horses until 1969. The 5.4-liter engine was replaced with a 5.7-liter unit that generated up to 370 horsepower in 1970. Like-wise, the 7.4-liter big-block V-8 became more powerful in 1970, when it reached a peak output of 460 horsepower. By this time, the Corvette’s average top speed increased to over 140 mph, while cars equipped with the ZL1 package and race-inspired engine were estimated to hit around 160 mph.

As the oil crisis struck and the government introduced new fuel economy regulations, the C3 Corvette’s power began to decline. In 1972, the 5.7-liter small-block V-8 was rated at “only” 255 horsepower, and output continued to decline. By 1982, the most powerful version of this engine cranked out 230 horses. The 7.4-liter big-block V-8 that Chevy introduced in 1970 with up to 460 horsepower was revised to 425 horses in 1971, but it was relegated to a mild 270 horsepower in 1972. The engine was discontinued with similar output at the end of 1974. Top speed of the C3 Corvette declined to 132 mph in 1978 and 125 mph in 1982, below the values of the C2 Corvette.

Read our in-depth review of the 1969 Chevy Corvette 427 C3

C4 Corvette

In 1996, the C4’s last year on the market, the Corvette Grand Sport featured a 5.7-liter LT4 with 330 horsepower

Things got back on track performance-wise with the launch of the C4 Corvette. Although the first edition had a 5.7-liter V-8 rated at only 205 horsepower in 1984, power began to climb from 1985 onward. The L98 version of the 5.7-liter V-8 jumped from 230 horsepower in 1985 to 250 horsepower in 1990. Chevy also introduced a new LT1 V-8 engine in 1992 with 300 horsepower. In 1996, the C4’s last year on the market, the Corvette Grand Sport featured a 5.7-liter LT4 with 330 horsepower.

This was the most powerful version of the C4, not including the ZR-1, powered by LT5 rated at up to 405 horsepower. I’m not including the ZR-1 in this comparison as the C4 marks the first time when the Z06 and ZR1 are more than just upgrade packages, but higher performance nameplates on their own. Top speed increased dramatically over the C3. The C4 with the LT1 engine topped out at 160 mph, while the Grand Sport with the LT4 had a 170-mph rating.

C5 Corvette

While the first four generations of the Corvette were offered with a multitude of engines, the C5 spent its entire life-cycle with the same mill under the hood, not including the Z06 of course. It was called the LS1 and was developed specifically for the C5 Corvette. The small-block, 5.7-liter V-8 debuted in 1997 with 345 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The mill was upgraded for 2001 with a new intake, and exhaust manifold and power increased to 350 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of twist. In its most powerful iteration, the C5 Corvette had a top speed rated at 172 mph. It wasn’t notably higher than the previous Grand Sport, but it had 12 mph over the standard C4 Corvette with the LT1 engine.

Read up on our review of the 1997-2004 Chevy C5 Corvette

C6 Corvette

Just like its predecessor, the C6 Corvette debuted with just one engine. Chevy ditched the LS1 in favor of the LS2. This new engine was bigger at 6.0 liters, and it generated 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. However, the LS2 was short-lived. In 2008, Chevrolet replaced it with the LS3, a larger and more powerful V-8 mill. Now displacing 6.2 liters, the Corvette’s engine delivered 430 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. With the optional vacuum-actuated valve exhaust, the LS3 produced 436 horses and 428 pound-feet. Chevrolet introduced two more engines, a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter LS7, and a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9, but these were developed for the Z06 and ZR1. As mentioned earlier, I’m not including them in this comparison. Top speed for the C6 Corvette, no matter the engine, was rated at 186 mph, the highest of any naturally aspirated Corvette until then.

Read up on the 2005-2013 Chevy C6 Corvette

C7 Corvette

The outgoing C7 Corvette features a 6.2-liter V-8 that goes by the name LT1. It’s based on the LS architecture it was brand-new in 2013, despite sharing its name with an older unit. Upon arrival, the C7 Corvette was rated at 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet offered a Z51 Performance Package with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust that increased output to 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet. Unlike its predecessor, the C7 continued until 2019 with the same engine specs, although Chevy did release supercharged LT4 and LT5 mills for the Z06 and ZR1 models. The C7 Corvette’s top speed is rated at 187 mph, just one mph higher than the C6.

Check out our full review of the 2014-2019 Chevy C7 Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette – generational lineup
C1 Corvette C2 Corvette C3 Corvette (before oil crisis) C3 Corvette (after oil crisis) C4 Corvette C5 Corvette C6 Corvette C7 Corvette C8 Corvette
Engine: 5.4-liter V-8 7.0-liter V-8 7.4-liter V-8 5.7-liter V-8 5.7-liter V-8 5.7-liter V-8 6.2-liter V-8 6.2-liter V-8 6.2-liter V-8
Power: 360 horsepower 435 horsepower 460 horsepower 230 horsepower 330 horsepower 350 horsepower 430 horsepower 460 horsepower 495 horsepower
Top speed: 140 mph 155 mph 160 mph 125 mph 170 mph 172 mph 186 mph 187 mph n/a


The rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet dates back to the old days

The sports car market is quite vast nowadays, so the C8 Corvette has plenty of rivals to go against. However, many vehicles in this class feature turbocharged engines, so not all comparisons are fair.

The Ford GT is the first competitor we need to consider. The rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet dates back to the old days when the first-generation Corvette was pitted against the Ford Thunderbird. Things have changed now when the C8 Corvette enters the market against the Ford GT. The GT was revived for the first in the early 2000s, but Chevy couldn’t compete as the Corvette was still a mid-engined car back then. Now that it made the switch to the midship layout, the C8 is the perfect proposition.

But while the C8 Corvette is naturally aspirated, the Ford GT has a twin-turbo drivetrain. Another big difference is the configuration of the engine. Traditionally a V-8 car, the GT made the switch to a twin-turbo V-6 for the latest generation. As a result, the engine is much more powerful than the C8’s, delivering an impressive 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Naturally, the GT has an impressive top speed as well, rated at 216 mph.

The Lamborghini Huracan is a more attainable benchmark for Chevy

Previously a competitor for the ill-fated Dodge Viper and some European sports cars with front-mounted engines, the C8 Corvette now has what it takes to go after the Italians. The Ferrari 488 GTB is one of the cars on Chevy’s list. But just like the Ford GT, the 488 GTB features a turbocharged engine. This time around, it’s a 3.9-liter V-8. The Ferrari is also notably more powerful than the 488 GTB, generating a solid 661 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Its top speed is rated at 205 mph, more than any naturally aspirated Corvette up until now.

The Lamborghini Huracan is a more attainable benchmark for Chevy, as this Italian sports car is one of last to still feature a naturally aspirated engine. Updated for the 2019 model year, the Huracan now features an “Evo” badge, enhanced aerodynamics, and shares its engine with the Performante version. The 5.2-liter V-10 engine generates 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque and enables the Huracan to hit a top speed of 202 mph.

The Audi R8 is one of the very few naturally aspirated sports cars still available

Chevrolet will now also compete with McLaren, an automaker that builds mid-engined sports cars exclusively. The C8 Corvette will go against the company’s entry-level vehicle, the 570S. Powered by a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8, the 570S isn’t as powerful as the 720S or the mighty Senna, but it’s no slouch at 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Its top speed is solid too, surpassing the Lambo Huracan Evo at 204 mph.

The Audi R8 is one of the very few naturally aspirated sports cars still available. Now in its second generation, the R8 shares most underpinnings, including the engine, with the Lamborghini Huracan. The German sports car is thus powered by the same 5.2-liter V-10, but with a slightly lower rating at 562 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Audi also offers a Performance version with 612 horses and 428 pound-feet. Top speed for the standard model is rated at 201 mph, while the Performance variant tops out at 206 mph.

Needless to say, Chevrolet has a tough mission here, with five of the six cars listed above being able to top 200 mph

Finally, the C8 Corvette also enables Chevrolet to compete with Porsche and the German company’s most recent 911. Granted, the 911 is actually a rear-engined sports car, but it’s aimed at the same type of customers looking for a streetable vehicle that’s also nimble at the race track. The 911 was redesigned for the 2020 model year and dropped its old naturally aspirated flat-six in favor of a twin-turbo flat-six. The engine cranks out 444 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque in the 911 Carrera S, which makes this model the only one that’s less powerful than the C8 Corvette. It also has the lowest top speed at 191 mph.

Needless to say, Chevrolet has a tough mission here, with five of the six cars listed above being able to top 200 mph. Chevy basically needs to increase the C7’s top speed by at least 13 mph, which may be tricky with the current specs. Granted, the Z06 and ZR1 models will be able to blow past the 200-mph mark effortlessly, but it remains to be seen if the C8 Corvette will become the first naturally aspirated Chevy that will be able to do so.

Chevrolet Corvette C8 vs competition
Ford GT
Ferrari 488 GTB
Lamborghini Huracan EVO
McLaren 570S
Audi R8
Porsche 911 Carrera S
Engine twin-turbo V-6 3.9-liter V-8 5.2-liter V-10 twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 5.2-liter V-10 twin-turbo flat-six
Horsepower 647 hp 661 hp 631 hp 562 hp 562 hp 444 hp
Torque 550 lb-ft 561 lb-ft 443 lb-ft 443 lb-ft 413 lb-ft 391 lb-ft
Top Speed 216 mph 205 mph 202 mph 204 mph 201 mph 191 mph


Gallardos aren’t as expensive as the Lamborghini badge might suggest

Now that it features a mid-engined layout, the C8 Corvette could be a big blow to the used exotic market. Mostly because it will start at less than $60,000, but also because it will offer better tech and possibly better performance by comparison.

Having already looked at the C8’s potential rivalries, let’s check out what used exotic might suffer when the C8 Corvette goes on sale. First on this list is the Lamborghini Gallardo, the sports car that the Huracan replaced in 2014. Powered by a 5.0-liter V-12, the first iteration of the Gallardo came with 493 and 376 pound-feet on tap. Its top speed was rated at 192 mph. In 2006, Lambo updated the engine to 513 horsepower, while top speed increased to 196 mph. One final update increase displacement to 5.2 liters and power to 552 horsepower and 398 pound-feet. Top speed also rose beyond the 200-mph mark at 201 mph for the coupe model. Because it was built in more than 14,000 units, rather many for an exotic, used Gallardos aren’t as expensive as the badge might suggest. You can find well-maintained examples with less than 20,000 miles on the odo priced between $90,000 to $100,000. Opt for units with more miles and prices drop to around $80,000 and even $70,000. At $60,000 before options, the C8 Corvette is definitely the better buy.

Unlike the current Ford GT, the old car features a supercharged, 5.4-liter V-8 engine

The previous-generation Audi R8 is also a somewhat affordable sports car. It shares the 5.2-liter V-10 with the Gallardo, but it also featured a 4.2-liter V-8. The latter had 424 horsepower and 317 pound-feet and hit a top speed of 188 mph. The R8 equipped with the V-10 generated up to 552 horsepower and 398 pound-feet, just like the Gallardo, while its top speed came in at 199 mph. In this case, the V-8 model cost around $70,000 with low mileage, while V-10 versions fetch between $80,000 to $100,000.

But how does it compare to the first-generation Ford GT? This American sports car is quite old, having been produced from 2004 to 2006. Unlike the current GT, the old car features a supercharged, 5.4-liter V-8 engine. The mill cranks out 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque and pushes the coupe toward a top speed of 205 mph. Not bad given that much newer supercars are slower. The problem with the Ford GT is that only 4,000 were built, so it’s a rare bird and costs notably more. Prices vary from $230,000 to $320,000 for low-mileage examples.

Ferrari also used to make naturally aspirated sports cars for this niche in the past. Before the 488 GTB broke cover with a turbo engine, Ferrari sold the 458 Italia, powered by a naturally aspirated, 4.5-liter V-8. Rated at 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, this Ferrari hit a top speed of 202 mph. But just like the Ford GT, the 458 Italia is a rather expensive car on the used car market. Prices usually start from around $180,000, but they can go beyond $220,000 for low-mileage units.

Chevrolet Corvette C8 vs used supercars
Lamborghini Gallardo I
Lamborghini Gallardo II
Lamborghini Gallardo LII
Audi R8 V8
Audi R8 V-10
2006 Ford GT
Ferrari 458 Italia
Engine 5.0-liter V-12 5.0-liter V-12 5.2-liter V-12 4.2-liter V-8 5.2-liter V-10 5.4-liter V-8 4.5-liter V-8
Horsepower 493 hp 513 hp 552 hp 424 hp 552 hp 550 hp 562 hp
Torque 376 lb-ft 376 lb-ft 398 lb-ft 317 lb-ft 398 lb-ft 500 lb-ft 398 lb-ft
Top Speed 192 mph 196 mph 201 mph 188 mph 199 mph 205 mph 202 mph


GM designer says the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is ‘nearly sold out’

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray won’t even be in showrooms for several more months, but one insider claims it is virtually sold out already.

Over the weekend, Autoblog caught up with GM head designer Michael Simcoe at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Troy, Mich., where Chevy had the mid-engine car on display, and he reportedly told a crowd, “I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers.”

stingray 1

Simcoe then followed up with the automotive news outlet, saying “it’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon.”

The automaker has begun taking orders for the car, but it hasn’t officially announced when production and deliveries will begin. It also hasn’t revealed how many it plans to build for the 2020 model year, but it sold nearly 35,000 in the U.S. the last time the Corvette was redesigned in 2014. GM President Mark Reuss did confirm that the starting price will be “under $60,000,” while the current car starts at $56,995.

stingray 2

(Photo credit Chevrolet)

Corvette Terry thinks the new C8 Corvette will never be sold out going forward. It is way too exciting!! Like the old saying, ‘build them and they will come’!

8 things that make the 8th-generation Corvette special

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Orange County, California – So now you’ve finally seen it. It’s not a Bigfoot or Sasquatch. The mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 is real.

And it’s a rocket. You’ve seen the headliners: Sub-3-second zero-60 time, dual-clutch transmission, 495 horsepower. All for under $60,000. But beyond the swashbuckling performance are dozens of details that remake the car from the ground up.

We interviewed the Corvette’s development team to highlight eight unique aspects of this ambitious eighth-generation car.

  1. What, no manual transmission?

The demise of the stick is industry wide, but purists will really feel its loss in Corvette, a powerful sports car that is fun to manhandle with a manual.

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Determined not to interrupt the flow, designers did away with door handles — a button under the side intake blade opens the door. (Photo: GM)

“Originally we wanted a manual,” says Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. “But there’s a bunch of negatives. First, there is affording it because that would be another bespoke transmission. We see our own manual volume dwindling to near zero. We would have to make some pretty serious architectural compromises to do that.”

Like punching a hole in the aluminum spine for the cable, for example, thus compromising the car’s structural rigidity. And for what? The new dual-clutch 8-speed automatic promises to be stupid quick. So quick the car rockets to 60 mph in under 3 seconds with just 495 horsepower.

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The Corvette C8 claims the same performance numbers as the $270,000 all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan EVO for a quarter of the price. GM can keep the car affordable by building the small-block V-8 on the same high-volume production line as truck engines. (Photo: GM)

  1. How can they make it so cheap?

The Corvette C8 claims the same performance numbers as the $270,000 all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan EVO for a quarter of the price. Indeed, it equals the Huracan’s sub-3 second time despite having 145 less horsepower and only rear-wheel drive.

“It’s magic,” laughs Juechter. Well, that and GM’s ample resources. Bespoke premium makes like Lambo have to make every car by hand.

“There’s advantage with GM in a lot of ways. We can leverage GM economies of scale,” says Juechter. “This (V-8) engine will be built on a high-volume production line along with truck engines. We put the cost in the content because our manufacturing costs are way down.”

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The squared-off steering wheel allows for easy access and good visibility for the 12-inch instrument display. (Photo: Henry Payne, The Detroit News)

  1. First-class luxury

We had the opportunity to experience the LaFerrari when it came out, and the Porsche 918 and the Bugattis. We talked about what made those cars special,” says interior designer Mike Murphy.

The ‘Vette boasts standard premium features at under $60,000 that wouldn’t be out of place in those $1 million chariots. Like a 1.5-inch front suspension lift for steep driveways or speed bumps, and it’s GPS programmable to remember up to 1,000 locations no less. You also get stitched leather interior, fully digital displays, even Tesla-like over-the-air updates.That’s a Chevy?

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The 2020 mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8 sports luxury features like adjustable ride height and dual-clutch transmission. (Photo: Henry Payne, The Detroit News)

  1. The Bedford Six

While its mid-engine layout draws comparison to exotic Europeans like Ferrari and McLaren, the Stingray’s character is all-American right down to its home-brewed, six-piece aluminum structure made at GM Powertrain in Bedford, Indiana. Ford outsourced its mid-engine GT to a Canadian race shop. The V-8 powered C8 is assembled in Kentucky. That Porsche-like, dual-clutch gearbox? Made in Wixom by Tremec.

Juechter again: “We wanted to combine German instantaneous shifting with American big-bore responsiveness, low-end torque, sound quality.”

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A square steering wheel makes it easier to see the huge, 12-inch instrument display. (Photo: GM)

  1. Why is the steering wheel square?

The current-generation Corvette’s steering wheel already a flat-bottom for better legroom. As Corvette developed its huge, 12-inch instrument display, engineers found it easier to see the upper corners with the top flattened as well.

The wheel is also akin to the C7.R’s racing yoke which drivers find easier to use because their hands are always in the optimal 3-and-9 o’clock position.

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The rear window of the mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 shows off the 6.2-liter V-8. (Photo: GM)

  1. Rear window

The original Corvette Stingray was a 1963 split-window. Chevy fans like Ken Lingenfelter remember that as the car that made them fall in love with Corvette. Designers have made the rear window a focus of the 2020 Stingray as well — except this time it’s showing off the 6.2-liter V-8 instead of the ’63 car’s cargo space.

The split window ultimately gave way to a single pane after complaints about rear visibility. The new Corvette offers a visibility solution: the camera mirror. The camera itself is mounted on the roof for unobstructed views out back.

  1. Hidden access panels

The C8 is one sleek beast, from its sculpted nose to its deeply scalloped rocker panels. Determined not to interrupt the flow, designers hid all panel access. Forget door handles — a button under the side intake blade opens the door.

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The 2020 mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8 has frunk ‘n’ trunk storage. (Photo: Henry Payne, The Detroit News)

  1. Cargo space in a sports car?

Locating the engine amidships usually means compromising cargo space. Want to pack luggage in an Alfa Romeo 4C? Fuhgeddaboudit.

The C8 is an exception. Sure, cargo space shrinks from the C7’s 15 cubic feet to 12.6. But you can still fit two golf bags (or the removable roof) in the trunk, and a carry-on and laptop bag in the front “frunk.”

So proud is Corvette of its luggage space that you can actually purchase a five-piece set of designer Corvette luggage.

Load ‘em in, it’s gonna be a quick tri

SOURCE: The Detroit News

Deep dive: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s dual-clutch transmission

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a genuine supercar full of many firsts for the nameplate. Chief among them, it’s a mid-engine car.

However, it’s also the first Corvette to sport a dual-clutch automatic transmission, in this case an 8-speed. Chevrolet published a video that takes a closer look at the thought process behind the DCT’s development and why the engineering team decided the car needed the transmission instead of a conventional automatic.

clutch 1

Foremost, executive chief engineer of the Corvette, Tadge Juechter, opens the video with an easy explanation: Corvette owners have asked for one. For those who don’t know, a traditional transmission (manual or automatic) decelerates the car when shifting. This is because the engine isn’t connected to the wheels in that split moment. Where a DCT really shines is in its setup because it avoids this compromise. Think of a DCT as two manual transmissions working automatically with clutches being told what to do from computers.

Even forward gears (2, 4, 6, and 8) are on one shaft, while odd forward gears (1, 3, 5, 7) get their own. The computer can simultaneously disengage one shaft while the system tells the transmission to engage the other. It helps create those lightning-quick shifts and awesome sounding snorts when the 2020 Corvette shifts. Ed Piatek, chief Corvette engineer, says in the video a shift takes less than 100 milliseconds to complete in the new Corvette. The team also found they could channel torque through both shafts, meaning, the transmission might be engaging third, but torque is driving through second gear still. All of this boils down to very aggressive launches and quicker 0-60 mph times.

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This transmission isn’t an off-the-shelf part, either. The Corvette engineers worked with the chassis team to design a bespoke transmission capable of handling everything planned for the eighth-generation car. The Corvette makes a lot of power and torque, and the team wanted zero compromises. Working with the chassis team also helped fit the transmission so it helped lower the center of gravity in the car, and that creates its own performance benefits.

It’s best to become acquainted with the bespoke DCT in the 2020 Corvette. There will not be a manual transmission this time around, and that’s a sourer first for this iteration of America’s sports car.

Source: Motor Authority

Corvette Club Corner August 2019



Cornhusker Corvette Club:

Aug 10-11: Lowspeed Autocross Westroads Mall – Omaha, NE

Aug 18: CCC 50th Anniversary Pictures – Ashland, NE

Aug 21: Millard Days Car Show – Omaha, NE

Aug 27: Meet & Greet at Ragazzi’s – Omaha, NE

Aug 30 – Sept 2: CCC Summer Festival

Sept 1: Bennington Car Show – Bennington, NE

Sept 7: Mary Our Queen’s Car Show – Omaha, NE

Sept 15-20: Road Trip to Mackinaw Island



Midwest Early Corvette Club:

Aug 15: Retirement Home Car Show – Omaha, NE

Aug 17: Old Settler’s Parade – Magnolia, IA

Aug 26-31: Caravan to NCM

Sept 1: Bennington Car Show – Bennington, NE



River Valley Corvette Club:

Aug 10: 2019 Hot Rod Grill & Chill – Omaha, NE

Aug 11: 7th Annual Valley Car Show – Valley, NE

Aug 22: All Corvette Show – Lincoln, NE

Aug 28: 2019 NCM Caravan

Sept 1: Midtown Crossing Car Show – Omaha, NE

Sept 8: 2019 Cruzin’ for a Cure – Omaha, NE

Sept 15: Last Fling Til Spring – West Point, NE


NE Corvette Association

Nebraska Corvette Association – Lincoln, NE

Visit us at:

Aug 18: NCA Picnic – Louisville, NE

Aug 23-24: Summer’s End Corvette Car Show – Rogers, AR

Aug 22: All Corvette Show – Lincoln, NE


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Corvette Club Corner July 2019




Cornhusker Corvette Club:

July 17-18: HOT Summer Nights – Sioux Falls, SD

July 23: Meet & Greet, Smitty’s Garage – Bennington, NE

July 26-28: Vettes in the Park – Okoboji, IA

Aug 2-4: Clear Lake Cruise & Car Show – Clear Lake, IA

Aug 10-11: Lowspeed Autocross Westroads Mall – Omaha, NE



Midwest Early Corvette Club:

July 13: Humane Society Car Show & Museum Tour – Omaha, NE

July 17-21: Hot Summer Nights / Black Hills Classic – Sioux Falls, SD

July 20: Ashland Parade – Ashland, NE

July 27: Missouri Valley Parade – Missouri Valley, IA

July 28: Arlington Parade – Arlington, NE



River Valley Corvette Club:

July 17: Black Hills Corvette Classic – Sioux Falls, SD

July 26: Vettes in the Park – Okoboji, IA

July 28: Gretna Days Car Show – Gretna, NE

Aug 3: Hot Cars Under the Stars Car Show – Omaha, NE

Aug 7: Sandhills Open Road Challenge – Arnold, NE


NE Corvette Association

Nebraska Corvette Association – Lincoln, NE

Visit us at:

July 17-20: Black Hills Corvette Classic – Sioux Falls, SD

July 19: Shriner’s Cruising’ Classics Auto Show – Lincoln, NE

July 24: Haymarket Corvette Show (details below) – Lincoln, NE

haymarket show

Aug 7-10: Sandhills Open Road Challenge – Arnold, NE

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Upcoming National Corvette Museum Events:

Next Generation Corvette Raffle!

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The National Corvette Museum is licensed by the Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming under license number ORG0000854.

At this time, we offer purchasers located in Kentucky the ability to purchase raffle tickets on their personal computers, mobile devices and on-site at the National Corvette Museum and NCM Motorsports Park.

To purchase a raffle ticket online, you must be at least 18 years of age and be physically located in Kentucky at the time of purchase. You do not have to be a resident of Kentucky to participate.

If you are not located in Kentucky, you may download an Order Form from this site and send to NCM for processing.

Next Generation Corvette VIN 25 8/31/19
Drawing: Aug 31, 2019 3:00 PM
Tickets: Unlimited 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 3 pm CT is your chance to win a Next Generation VIN 25 Corvette 

 Tickets are $25 each and the raffle has unlimited tickets. Coupons and member discounts may not be used toward the purchase of raffle tickets.

About National Corvette Museum Raffles

Due to postal regulations, raffle ticket stubs cannot be returned by mail for purchases over the Internet, through the mail or by telephone. When an order is placed, the system will complete the ticket by filling in the name, address, and phone number, and we will drop the ticket in the barrel at the National Corvette Museum. At the drawing, the winner will be contacted based on the name and information on the ticket. To pick up the vehicle, two forms of identification, one of which must be a photo ID, will be required to prove that this person is the person on the winning ticket. Purchasers do not need their ticket stubs for any reason. However, the stubs will be kept on file at the NCM. Purchasers buying via the website will receive an email providing their raffle ticket numbers and can also log in to their account to obtain their ticket numbers if desired. NCM is not responsible for undelivered, lost or rejected emails.

Please read the official Raffle Rules and Regulations

Petersen Museum Hosts Tribute to Zora Arkus Duntov

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The name Zora Arkus Duntov is synonymous with Corvette performance. Zora is noted by many as the father of the Corvette. He didn’t create it, but he created it into the iconic performer that it still is today.

Zora first saw the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, where Chevrolet was revealing the car to the public. He was instantly enamored, and his experience as a noted racecar driver allowed him to see the hidden potential of the little two-seater. Soon after securing a job at GM, Zora began building the Corvette brand into the powerhouse that he envisioned.

Many of Zora’s exploits have been recorded over time, and we have many of his efforts still with us, standing as examples of his forward thinking and engineering mind. In fact, the mid-engine Corvette that is just now coming to fruition, was a dream that Zora held onto until the day he passed. We are still seeing his influence today!

The Petersen museum is celebrating Zora’s contributions to Corvette during their Zora Duntov Tribute Weekend, being held on July 27, 28. They will be celebrating the man who made Corvette the icon it has become through several events spanning two days, starting with a night of entertainment, food by Drago, and a Corvette display. A special VIP reception will be followed the next day by a Corvette rally, cruise-in, and a once-in-a-lifetime panel discussion. There are several ticket options available and you can check out the Petersen website to purchase tickets and for any additional information.

Ticket Options

Sportsman VIP Night | $140 | Includes access for 1 to the VIP evening on July 27, museum admission on July 28, complimentary parking, access to the Corvette Car Show, and an exclusive Corvette book. Does not include access to the Constellation Rally.

Corvette Car Show | $44 | Includes 1 guaranteed display space at the Corvette Car Show, access to the panel discussion, museum admission, complimentary parking, and an exclusive Corvette book. Does not include access to the VIP Night or the Constellation Rally. This ticket is valid for the vehicle driver. All other passengers must purchase a spectator ticket.

Spectator | Includes access for 1 to the Corvette Car Show, the panel discussion, and museum admission. Does not include complimentary parking, access to the VIP night, or access to the Constellation Rally.

Constellation Rally – Includes participation for 1 vehicle in the rally from Pasadena to the Petersen and museum admission. Does not include complimentary parking or a display space at the Corvette Car Show.


Corvette SUV Rendering Based On Urus Works Surprisingly Well

Corvette’s hard-edge design blends well with Lamborghini’s angular aesthetic.

Earlier this week, Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, poured gasoline on the endless dumpster fire that is the internet with the suggestion Corvette should move upmarket, become a brand, and start building a $100,000 Corvette SUV to rival the Porsche Cayenne – but be better in every way. Imagining such a Corvette with a raised ride height, four doors, and ample cargo space breaks the brain, thankfully, renderings can put such a potential model into perspective.

Automakers who’ve carved out legacies with sports cars have moved into crossovers and SUVs with Porsche as the leading example. Lamborghini did so too with the Urus, though it wasn’t the company’s first foray into the SUV market. And it so happens the Urus is the basis for the Corvette SUV rendering above.

The rendering works surprisingly well considering the Urus has such an angular and distinctive shape. But then again, the C7 Corvette is equally as angular and edgy. In the rendering, the hood is clearly from a Corvette with the blackened center and sharp creases. The Corvette’s swooped headlights blend well into the Urus’ already busy front end, with the Corvette badge completing the look. Other changes from the Urus include removing the yellow lower front fascia accents and a different side vent. The awkward double body line down the side just above the door handles is unchanged from the Urus. The rear gets Corvette-inspired taillights and badging.

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General Motors could take the Corvette model and expand it into a high-end performance brand because the Corvette name does have cachet with consumers, apparently more so than Cadillac, according to Lutz. While it’s unlikely the Corvette or the nameplate is going away anytime soon, the iconic American sports car does have an aging customer base. Expanding the model into a brand with an SUV could pad Corvette’s pockets, and help to keep the Corvette sports car we know and love smoking its tires for years to come.

Source: Kleber Silva via