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Corvette C8.R gets new 500-horsepower 5.5-liter DOHC flat-plane V-8

The engineering brilliance behind the C8 Corvette’s LT2 V-8

09/20/19  Hagerty

Given the C8 Corvette’s role as the pride of GM, this sports car is both a revolution in American architecture and exterior design and a prime opportunity for engine lab gurus to shine. Squeezing 495 horsepower from 6.2 liters—that’s 1.3 hp per cubic inch—without benefit of overhead camshafts, multi-valve combustion chambers, or boosting is a worthy accomplishment. Here’s how the clever GM engineers did it.

They began by keeping the best parts of the small-block V-8 Chevy launched for the 1955 model year: A 4.4-inch spacing between cylinder bores and one block-mounted camshaft activating a mere 16 valves serving eight cylinders. They also retained key refinements developed over six decades that improved this engine’s ease of making horsepower for the least weight, space, and cost: aluminum block and head construction; a deep-skirt cylinder block with cross-bolted main bearings and cast-iron bore liners; state-of-the-art electronic controls to meter the fuel and cleanse the exhaust; free-flowing cylinder heads with direct injection developed for the 2014 C7 Corvette’s LT1 engine; and squirters aiming a jet of oil at the underside of each piston to lower their operating temperatures.

The LT2’s centerpiece is a new cylinder block designed around a dry-sump lubrication system that’s now standard Corvette equipment. There are three fundamental reasons why a performance engine’s lubricant should not be stored in its basement. First, relocating the oil supply allows mounting of the engine significantly lower in the car, thereby dropping the overall center-of-gravity height in the interests of supreme cornering. The second motivation is that crankshafts have a bad habit of stirring oil into unpalatable whipped cream. This consumes power that might otherwise be used for acceleration and top speed and it greatly diminishes the oil’s ability to cool and lubricate critical moving parts. The third reason for dry sump is that this is the easiest means of assuring there’s never any lapse in oil pressure when the car tops one g cornering, braking, or flying over the Nürburgring Nordschliefe’s Sprunghugel (hill jump). Using an engine dyno attached to a tilt stand, LT2 engineers made sure there is no oil pressure interruption up to 1.2 gs in every direction.

The most interesting feature in the new LT2 block is a sealed valley (the chamber between the cylinder banks) to stop oil draining down from the heads and hydraulic lifters from entering the crankcase (where the whipped cream factory used to thrive). According to Chief Engineer Jordan Lee, this is an unprecedented innovation. A scavenge pump driven by the camshaft sucks oil from the valley and dispatches it to a remote reservoir. The block’s flanks are liberally ribbed to increase stiffness. They’re also equipped with new pads for mounting the engine to the Corvette’s chassis and spots to attach the eight ignition coils out of sight below the exhaust headers.

The second-most-interesting LT2 detail is a 7.5-quart molded-plastic oil reservoir bolted directly to a flat surface located at the left-front corner of the engine. This light tank serves several purposes. Oil scavenged from the valley and the shallow cast aluminum pan covering the bottom of the engine drops through a maze that separates liquid from vapor. After settling a few moments in the tank, vapor bubbles disappear, leaving only liquid oil. Vent lines attached to the top of the reservoir route the vapor to the LT2’s valve covers where it’s drawn into the intake plenum by engine vacuum. An exit passage at the bottom of the reservoir feeds the crankshaft-driven variable output oil pressure pump with no need for external lines that add weight and inhibit flow. A pipe extending to the right side of the engine bay provides a means of adding oil and checking the fluid level.

The new dry sump has proven so reliable in severe testing that engineers felt justified reducing the lubricant supply by 1.7 quarts—from the LT1’s 9.7 quarts to the LT2’s 7.5 quarts—which saves 3.7 pounds of weight and a few bucks at every oil change. Testing revealed that up to three quarts of oil could be stuck in various parts of the LT1 engine during extreme conditions as compared to less than one quart in the LT2 V-8.

Oil draining from cam and crankshaft bearings settles into a two-compartment bottom cover (pan) which is scavenged by a pair of crank-driven pumps. A molded plastic scraper peels lubricant clinging to the crank’s balance weights. A coolant-to-lubricant heat exchanger, with 28-percent greater cooling capacity than offered in the LT1, in combination with an oil filter mounting boss, is bolted to the LT2’s oil pan.

The forged steel crankshaft with an extended snout to drive three of the oil pumps is made from an S38 alloy with higher strength properties. Dampers at both ends quell vibrations caused when the LT2 runs on only four cylinders to reduce both noise and fuel consumption.

Great volumetric efficiency strides have been achieved with new intake and exhaust systems. Since the driver no longer looks over the engine to see the road ahead, the intake system is some three inches taller than before. This facilitates 8.3-inch-long intake runners fed by a large plenum chamber with the 87mm throttle body (carried over from LT1) located at the rear. Since the intake manifold is made of black molded plastic to minimize weight and noise radiation, appearance is not one of its strong points. To hide that flaw, GM designers tooled up a decorative cover—also molded plastic—with surface features resembling the Corvette’s rear body details. We predict the aftermarket will have a field day offering alternatives.

Engineering and design collaboration focused on the exhaust system and valve covers was more fruitful. To provide a clear view of the stunning Edge Red Metallic valve covers, the ignition coils were tucked out of sight. The headers are a classic four round tube into a single collector design which flows upward on its way to the catalytic converters and mufflers.

To make the most of this new found volumetric efficiency, LT2 chief engineer Jordan Lee investigated more aggressive cam profiles. The end result is an increase from 13.5 to 14 mm of exhaust valve lift (matching the LT1’s intake valve lift), and 18-degrees greater exhaust valve open duration. Intake valve lift was left alone while intake duration was upped by four degrees. The result is a slight loss of power and torque through the midrange (2800–4500 rpm) with significantly more power and torque beyond 5000 rpm. The torque peak is thereby shifted to 5150 rpm with 465 or 470 lb-ft available depending on whether the performance exhaust system is in place. Power jumps to 490 or 495 horses at 6450 rpm, a 30–35 horsepower gain over the potent LT1. Fuel delivery is interrupted at 6600 rpm.

GM’s Tonawanda, New York, engine plant builds the new LT2. This factory, built in 1938, was updated years ago to employ numerically controlled machining centers instead of fixed tools strung adjacent to transfer lines. During World War II, Tonawanda won five Army-Navy E (for excellence) awards building over 60,000 Pratt & Whitney radial engines to power bombers, fighters, and cargo planes. The plan is for this plant to produce 2200 small-block V-8s per day, including 170 per day for the Corvette.

LT2’s real claim to fame is that it makes nearly 500 horsepower—enough to power your average $200,000 supercar—at low cost. This is why Chevy is able and willing to offer the new mid-engine Corvette at a $59,995 starting price. So the next time your bar bro disparages pushrods as yestertech, remind him that there’s no other car in the world capable of crowding 200 mph and scooting to 60 in less than three seconds for such a pittance.



The Blackjack Prototype Is How The Mid-Engine 2020 Corvette Came To Be

GM toyed with the idea of building a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette for decades, with figures like the legendary “Father of the Corvette,” Zora Arkus-Duntov, leading the charge with numerous mid-engine prototypes and concepts. However, when it came time to turn the dream into a reality with the 2020 Corvette C8, the nitty gritty details of developing the car required the creation of something truly unique – the Blackjack prototype, the very first Corvette C8 prototype ever built.

As chronicled by Popular Mechanics, GM started work on the Blackjack prototype back in 2013, roughly around the time the automaker revealed the Corvette C7. Built by hand in a secret garage dubbed The Lair, located at GM’s Advanced Vehicle Integration facility in Warren, Michigan, the Blackjack mule was created as a first-stab effort at making the Corvette a mid-engined vehicle.

First impressions don’t necessarily illuminate the connection between the Blackjack prototype and the new 2020 Corvette. The mule is exceptionally strange, with a Holden Ute front end, Chevrolet Corvette C7 cabin bits, outrageously flared fenders, and squared rear end, also from the Holden Ute, topped by a massive rear wing.

As is tradition for a vehicle created entirely by engineers, the Blackjack’s aesthetic has purpose and function. For example, the long bed area, which was really no bed at all, provides the space needed to cram in a V8 powerplant behind the cabin, while ute styling is used as a means to keep the project hush-hush, given the distinct proportions of a mid-engine sports car.

Indeed, the Blackjack project was one of GM’s most closely-guarded secrets, with its own special room for development and highly-restricted access among employees. But the secrecy proved to be well worth it, as the team learned a great deal about building a mid-engine sports car, all while the rest of the world remained none the wiser.

Through copious trial and error, the Blackjack prototype was used to develop the basic structure and suspension geometry of the 2020 Corvette, which are the basic building blocks for the vehicle’s new mid-engine configuration. The Blackjack was also used to develop the high-pressure die needed to produce the front and rear structure of the 2020 Corvette.

All in all, about a dozen different prototypes were created to get to the production-ready 2020 Corvette we know today. And it all started with the Holden Ute-looking Blackjack, which really was no Ute at all.


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Here Are All The 2020 Corvette C8 Accessories

2020 Corvette C8 Exterior Accessories RPO
19-Inch Front and 20-Inch Rear 5-Open Spoke Wheels in Performance Pewter 5DG
19-Inch Front and 20-Inch Rear 5-Trident Spoke Wheels in Black 5DF
6.2L Engine Cover in Edge Red* RCD
6.2L Engine Cover in Sterling Silver* RCD
Center Caps in Black with Stingray Logo RXJ
Center Caps in Silver with Stingray Logo RXH
Corvette Script Emblem in Arctic White RIN
Corvette Script Emblem in Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic SL8
Corvette Script Emblem in Torch Red RIK
Fender Hash Marks in Carbon Flash Metallic with Edge Red Accent SNG
Fender Hash Marks in Edge Red with Carbon Flash Metallic Accent SHW
Fender Hash Marks in Midnight Silver with Carbon Flash Metallic Accent SHQ
Grille Insert in Visible Carbon Fiber RZ9
Ground Effects in Carbon Fiber Painted Carbon Flash Metallic 5WB
Ground Effects Kit in Visible Carbon Fiber 5VM
Ground Effects Kit, Molded in Color 5V7
High Wing Spoiler in Arctic White, Torch Red, Black and Dark Shadow Gray 5ZU
High Wing Spoiler in Carbon Flash Metallic 5ZZ
Mirror Caps in Visible Carbon Fiber 5JR
Removable Transparent Roof Panel SBT
Rocker Panel Extensions in Carbon Fiber Painted Carbon Flash Metallic SJI
Rocker Panel Extensions in Visible Carbon Fiber S6S
Rocker Panel Extensions, Molded In Color STI
Splash Guards, Molded In Color VQK
2020 Corvette C8 Interior Accessories
Cargo New Set W2D
Collapsible Cargo Organizer with Crossed Flags Logo RWU
Illuminated Sill Plate with Stingray Logo* VST
Premium Carpeted Floor Mats with Corvette Silhouette VYW
* Late availability
2020 Corvette C8 Security & Protection Accessories
Battery Protection Package with Crossed Flags Logo 5WF
First Aid Kit with Crossed Flags Logo RYT
Highway Safety Kit with Crossed Flags Logo S08
Premium Indoor Car Cover in Black with Crossed Flags Logo RWH
Premium Indoor Car Cover in Black with Crossed Flags Logo and Access Panels WKQ
Premium Indoor Car Cover in Red with Stingray Logo SL1
Premium Outdoor Car Cover in Black with Crossed Flags Logo and Corvette Silhouette RWJ
Premium Outdoor Car Cover in Black with Stingray Logo and Access Panels RNX
Rear Fascia Protector with Crossed Flags Logo VTB
Roof Panel Storage Bag in Black with Crossed Flags Logo SC7
2020 Corvette C8 Luggage Accessories
Premium Leather Travel Bag (Set of 2 Available) S03


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#54 08/26/19

Here’s How 2020 Corvette C8 Shoppers Are Strategizing to Avoid Dealer Markups

Prospective buyers on CorvetteForum are keeping track of which dealerships have promised to sell the 2020 Corvette at MSRP.

Corvette enthusiasts are already coming together to try to avoid dealer markups for the new mid-engined 2020 Chevy Corvette C8. A group of users on have begun compiling a list of all Chevrolet dealers that either have or have not publicly committed to sell the 2020 Corvette at the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).

Started by user tcinla, the list includes 56 high-volume Corvette dealerships across the country that are ranked by the number of C7 Corvettes they have sold to date. Dealerships marked "YES" have promised to sell their allocation of C8 Corvettes at MSRP, while dealerships marked "NO" or "?" have not made this commitment and may be prone to markups. The list also includes a number of lower-volume Corvette dealerships, some of which have committed to selling the C8 at MSRP and some of which have not.

For many prospective C8 buyers, it’s important that dealers stick to the MSRP, especially given the remarkable starting price of $59,995 that's only a few thousand dollars higher than the C7 Corvette. Pre-orders are currently open on Chevrolet's website, and prospective buyers must initially select a dealer before submitting their request to be added to a list of orders for that specific dealership.

Dealer markups have plagued other highly anticipated new models recently. We reported earlier this year about dealerships selling the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup for up to $20,000 over MSRP, and certain Honda dealerships were trying to sell the Civic Type R hot hatch for around $15,000 over MSRP in 2017.

Yes Paul Masse Chevrolet, Providence, RI
Yes Ross Downing Chevrolet, Hammond, LA
NO Simpson Chevrolet Garden Grove, CA
Yes Campbell Chevrolet Bowling Green, KY
NO Midway Chevrolet Phoenix, AZ
NO Stewart Chevrolet Colma, CA
Yes Uftring Chevrolet Washington, IL
Yes Bridgewater Chevrolet Bridgewater, NJ
NO Pat McGrath Chevrolet Cedar Rapids, IA
Yes Harchelroad Motors Imperial, NE
Yes Henna Chevrolet Austin, TX
NO Autonation Austin, TX
NO Keyes Chevrolet Van Nuys, CA
NO Alan Gwynn Chevrolet Glendale, CA
Yes Moran Chevrolet Mt. Clemens, MI
Yes Carr Chevrolet Beaverton, OR
NO Bob Howard Chevrolet Oklahoma City, OK
NO Wesley Chapel Chevrolet Wesley Chapel, FL
NO Paradise Chevrolet Temecula Ca
NO Folsom Chevrolet: Folsom, CA
NO Maita Chevrolet Elk Grove, CA
NO Sullivan Chevrolet Roseville, CA
NO Paradise Chevrolet Ventura, CA
NO Chuck Fairbanks Chevrolet Desoto TX
NO Auto Nation Chevrolet Pembroke Pines, Pembroke Pines, FL
Yes Bowman Chevrolet Clarkston, MI
NO Peterson Chevrolet Boise, ID
Yes Healy Chevrolet Poughkeepsie, NY
Yes Reeder Chevrolet Knoxville, TN
Yes Starling Chevrolet Orlando, FL
Yes Hedricks Chevrolet Clovis, CA
NO Alan Webb Chevrolet Vancouver, WA
NO Bruce Chevrolet Hillsboro, OR
NO Wentworth's Chevrolet Wilsonville, OR
Yes Klick Lewis Palmyra, PA
Yes Knoepfler Chevrolet Sioux City IA
Yes Barton Chevrolet Newburgh, NY
Yes Jim Glover Chevrolet Tulsa, OK
Yes Bill Hood Northlake Chevrolet Covington, LA
Yes Register Chevrolet Brooksville, FL
Yes Griffin Chevrolet Milwaukee, WI
Yes Bill Kay Chevrolet Lisle, IL
Yes Lash Chevrolet Johnstown, OH
Yes Bryner Chevrolet Jenkingtown, PA
Yes Tom Gibbs Chevrolet Palm Coast, FL
NO NorthPoint Chevrolet Alpharetta, GA
Yes Woodhouse Chevrolet Missouri Valley, IA
NO Friendly Chevrolet Dallas, TX
Yes Westside Chevrolet Katy, TX
Yes LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter, MI
Yes Royal Chevrolet Richmond, VA
NO Norman Frede Houston,TX
Yes Dan Tobin Chevrolet Columbus, OH
NO Lee Johnson Chevrolet Kirkland, WA
NO La Quinta Chevrolet & Cadillac La Quinta, CA
NO Capital Chevrolet San Jose, CA
Yes McCurley Chevrolet Tri Cities, WA
Yes Britain Chevrolet Greenville, TX
Yes Fairway Chevrolet Las Vegas, NV
Yes Henderson Chevrolet Henderson, NV
Yes Grieco Chevrolet Delray Beach, FL
Yes Gandrud Chevrolet Green Bay, WI

#53 09/04/19

2020 Corvette Convertible Debut Confirmed For October: Video

2 So far, we’ve seen the 2020 Corvette Convertible out on the street in prototype form, and as a teaser thanks to an official GM video last month. We had previously confirmed that the model would indeed come equipped with a convertible hard top, which is a major departure from previous Corvette Convertible models, all of which have been soft-tops up until the C8.

The big difference between the 2020 Corvette Convertible and its Coupe sibling can be found behind the cabin, where the roof section looks to fold down either under or over the engine cover. That means the transparent engine cover in the C8 Coupe is gone, since it’s replaced with new buttresses just behind the passenger headrests.

Standout features for the C8 Convertible include single-button operation to open and close the top, as well as the inclusion of the Rear Camera Mirror feature.

When it comes to comfort, a hard top is the preferable setup, as it lowers overall NVH levels inside the cabin. That said, hard top convertible configurations are typically heavier and more complex than soft-tops.

For reference, the 2020 Corvette Convertible will weigh in at 3,637 pounds, as confirmed in a recently leaked document from GM. That’s 60 pounds heavier than the Stingray Z51 Coupe and 102 pounds heavier than the base-model Stingray Coupe.

In addition to confirming the 2020 Corvette Convertible debut timeframe, the video also includes a number of presentations on the Stingray Coupe model, specifically about the exterior design, interior design and features, powertrain, and more information on the Bowling Green Assembly Plant as well.

Spande’s comments on the droptop can be found around the 59-minute mark.

#52 09/03/19

What We Know about the Flat-Plane-Crank V-8 That Will Power the C8 Corvette Z06, ZR1, and Hybrid

The expected 5.5-liter engine will offer 600 to 1000 horsepower and a Ferrari-rivaling sound.

AUG 28, 2019

  1. The 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray has arrived, but there will be many more high-performance Corvette models to come.
  2. > We expect that the Z06, ZR1, and hybrid versions will use a 5.5-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 engine in various states of tune, making between 600 and 1000 horsepower.
  3. > The Z06 is likely to arrive first, possibly sometime in 2020, with the ZR1 and hybrid versions to follow.

    The 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 engine in the new 2020 Corvette Stingray is just the beginning of the C8 Corvette's story. Numerous higher-performance variants, wearing the expected Z06 and ZR1 nomenclature, are in the works. They will each depend on a new flat-plane-crank V-8 that will take the Corvette to new heights. We first reported on this future engine last year before the Corvette made its official debut—and Motor Trendand others have been talking about it this week. Here's everything we know about it to date.

    The all-new 32-valve flat-plane-crank V-8 has been under development within General Motors for several years. This is not an offshoot of the 4.2-liter Cadillac Blackwing V-8, but rather an entirely new engine inspired by the Wagnerian exhaust notes of cars like Ferraris and McLarens.

    The new engine is expected to be 5.5 liters in displacement and have a firing order that mimic the Italian and British supercars'—which produce a richer, deeper wail than the shriek of Ford's flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter Voodoo engine in the Mustang Shelby GT350.


    Corvette Z06


    We expect the C8 Corvette Z06 will use a naturally aspirated version of the engine that will supposedly rev to 8600 rpm and develop in excess of 600 horsepower, a power figure that's credible given the Voodoo's power rating and 8250-rpm redline. (More revs equal more power per liter.) It is rumored that GM engineers had designed the motor to spin to 9000 rpm, but that design elements of the Tremec-built dual-clutch automatic transmission—the same one that will be standard across all versions of the C8—restricted the redline to the lower number.

    This engine will help the Z06 return to its roots as a lightweight, naturally aspirated, high-revving, rear-drive, track-focused car. We believe that, as in our illustration above, it will have a wider body than the standard Stingray to cover its wider wheels and tires.

    Corvette ZR1


    The ZR1 will be the big daddy of Vettes, and its twin-turbocharged version of the flat-plane crank engine can be expected to put out well over 800 horsepower. It will likely not have as high a redline as the Z06. It will be rear-wheel drive and have a movable rear wing, along with a front suspension that can automatically adjust ride height with speed to move the center of pressure and increase downforce for optimum handling balance. It will probably be the quickest C8 around the Nürburgring, but not the fastest in a straight line.

    Corvette Hybrid

    That Nürburgring honor will go to the hybrid version of the C8, rumored to be called eRay or Zora. It will have a powerful electric motor where the front trunk is in other models (see cutaway, above), which powers the front wheels independently of the rears; the twin-turbo engine will drive the rear tires. A small battery will be housed low in the structure, possibly inside the car's central spine. Total system power is expected to approach 1000 horsepower for brief periods. The resulting all-wheel drive and instantaneous low-end torque will launch the Corvette like a rifle bullet and make it one of the quickest-accelerating cars on the planet. The extra weight from the motor and battery, however, will probably keep it from being the quickest around the 'Ring.


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    #49 09/02/19

    2020 Corvette C8 Is Heavier Than C7 And Some Other Mid-Engine Cars


    Although the 2020 Corvette C8 has officially been announced and is now on tour across U.S. dealerships, we’re still waiting on all the official numbers and specs from Chevrolet. Luckily enough, a recently leaked GM document appears to provide a good deal of the info we’ve been waiting for, including vitals like its curb weight. So, with that in hand, we’re putting the C8 side-by-side with both the previous-generation C7 and several other mid-engine sports cars to see how it stacks up in regards to heft.

    Previously, Chevy provided us with the 2020 Corvette C8’s dry weight of 3,366 pounds. However, dry weight figures can be deceptive, as they don’t include all of the stuff necessary to, you know, actually drive the car (engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and the like). By contrast, curb weight is a better measurement when it comes to vehicle comparisons, as it includes all of those necessary fluids.

    According to the leaked GM document, we know the base-model 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe has a 3,535-pound curb weight, while the C8 Stingray with the Z51 package tips the scales at 3,577 pounds. For this comparison, we’ll focus only on hardtop models.

    By comparison, the previous-generation C7 was quite a bit lighter, with the C7 Stingray Coupe weighing in at 3,298 pounds, a full 237 pounds less than the base-model C8 Stingray Coupe.

    2020 Corvette vs. Corvette C7 (Curb Weight)ModelCurb Weight (pounds)
    Model Curb Weight (pounds)
    Base 2020 Corvette C8 3535
    2020 Corvette C8 Z51 3577
    C7 Corvette Stingray Coupe 3298
    C7 Corvette Grand Sport 3428
    C7 Corvette Z06 3524
    C7 Corvette ZR1 Coupe 3560

    It should come as no surprise that the generational transition included some weight gain (the same thing happened between the C6 and C7 generations), but how does the 2020 Corvette compare to other mid-engine sports cars? To find out, we gathered up the specs.

    Note that the vehicles listed here are not necessarily direct rivals for the 2020 Corvette, but rather, they are listed merely for comparison purposes:

    Curb Weight: 2020 Corvette vs. Rival


    Model Curb Weight (pounds)
    Porsche 718 Cayman 2944
    Porsche 911 Carrera 3153
    McLaren 570S 3212
    Ford GT 3354
    Lamborghini Huracan EVO 3500 (est)
    Audi R8 RWS 3505
    2020 Corvette C8 Stingray 3535
    2020 Corvette C8 Stingray Z51 3577
    Acura NSX 3803
    Clearly, the 2020 Corvette is on the heavier end among current rear-and mid-engine sports cars. However, let’s keep in mind two things.
    First, this is the base Stingray model we’re talking about. Meanwhile, the forthcoming Corvette C8 Grand Sport could replace some body panels with lighter ones, similar to the previous C7 Grand Sport, so the Corvette C8 GS might be lighter still.

    Second, is the price. The 2020 Corvette C8 is the second least-expensive car in the comparison, starting at just a few thousand more than the least-expensive car in the class – the Porsche 718 Cayman. Hence, being slightly heavier than some other mid-engine cars that are significantly more expensive does not prevent it from being a true world-class super car in every sense of the phrase.

    #48 09/02/19

    Corvette Team Shares the 194 MPH Top Speed Video and Other Info on the 2020 Corvette Stingray

    #47 09/01/19

    2020 Corvette Features Toothy Hood Design

    Now that the 2020 Corvette C8 is released, we’re free to explore all the cool little details it has to offer. Many of these are on deck as part of the long list of optional features, including stripes, wheel designs, spoilers, and more. However, there’s also a number of cool details baked right into the standard model – for example, check out the “toothed” aesthetic visible when one pops the front hood err… trunk… errfrunk.

    As we managed to capture at the 2020 Corvette reveal even in Tustin, California back in July, the new mid-engine Corvette gets a front hood that reminds us a bit of a shark mouth, or maybe the body of the stingray (the animal). Either way, it’s definitely different. Rather than a traditional straight or curved edge, the designers gave the frunk this cool edged design that adds even more aggression to the 2020 Corvette.

    While the design makes the 2020 Corvette look like it’s about to take a bite out of whatever slowpoke is unfortunate enough to be in its way, we also know the C8 can take on a good amount of cargo as well. Between the front trunk and rear cargo space behind the engine, the new Vette can hold up to 12.6 cubic-feet of stuff, or as GM points out, enough to accommodate two sets of golf clubs.
    That ain’t too shabby considering the front-engine Corvette C7 Coupe maxed out at 15 cubic feet of cargo room, which means the C8’s mid-engine configuration only takes off 2.4 cubic feet of storage between the two generations.

    #46 08/27/19
    The 2022 C8 Corvette Z06's Rumored
    Engine Might Be A Flat-Plane-Crank V8

    As impressive as the base mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette is, rumors are swirling that the upcoming C8.R racecar and inevitable 2022 Corvette Z06 will be powered by a monstrous twin-turbo flat-plane-crank V8.

    We already heard reports over the weekend that the upcoming Z06 would get a twin-turbo engine making around 800 horsepower and potentially more than 700 lb-ft of torque, which is ridiculous. But to get all that power and torque, Motor Trend is now reporting GM will use a flat-plane-crank engine.

    From Motor Trend:
    You’ve heard the rumors and you’ve seen the leaked CAD drawings. The car world has been speculating about overhead cams and turbochargers and flat-plane cranks in the backs of C8 Corvettes for months now, but we’ve confirmed with a deep source on the Corvette team that the upcoming C8.R race car and, more crucially, the C8 Corvette Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane-crank twin-turbo dual-overhead-cam V-8.

    “Everyone thinks it will be a small block, but it won’t be,” said our source. “Listen to the race car.”

    Here’s the video of the race car which Motor Trend cites as audible evidence of the supposed flat-plane-crank V8:

    We did, and if you've ever seen the current C7.R car live, you know the roar of the pushrod LS7.R engine is unmistakable. Compare the above video, which shows a camouflaged C8.R testing at Sebring, to the one below. The C8.R exhibits an entirely different exhaust note, one consistent with a flat-plane-crank engine design. Key characteristics to listen for: a higher-pitched exhaust note, a consistent exhaust note without the pushrod's staccato bass line, higher RPM than a pushrod motor typically reaches characterized by longer times between upshifts, and lightning quick downshifts wherein the engine spins up to higher RPM much faster than a pushrod engine.

    That last part helps explain why Chevrolet would do this. After all, Corvette Racing has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times in 21 attempts with pushrod engines. As with the move to a mid-engine layout, the switch to a flat-plane crank is all about performance.

    Consider the advantages. Flat-plane-crank engines have smaller, lighter crankshafts which can spin up faster than cross-plane-crank engines and lose less power to rotational inertia. The change in firing order also allows for better exhaust scavenging than a cross-plane crank. Exhaust scavenging, the method of pulling the last exhaust gases out of a cylinder faster using reflected pressure waves, improves performance and combustion efficiency—both crucial in racing.

    Of course, flat-plane cranks have a big disadvantage in V-8 engines: balance. The whole reason Cadillac engineered the cross-plane crankshaft for V-8 engines back in the 1920s was to smooth out the engine. While cross-plane-crank V-8s are naturally balanced due to the order in which the pistons rise and fall in the block, flat-plane-crank V-8s have only half their vibrations cancelled out naturally, and the vibrations only get worse as engine speeds increase. Because the vibrations are caused by the movements of the pistons themselves, lightweight pistons and short strokes can help reduce (but not eliminate) the vibration of a flat-plane-crank engine. Aside from being annoying in the cockpit, vibrations can damage components or cause them to wear out more quickly.

    Chevrolet, clearly, has calculated the performance advantage of lightening the rotating assembly and improving scavenging are worth the expense of designing a new engine, which explains the flat-plane crank. Why not a flat-plane crank pushrod engine, though? While it's mechanically possible, there's no advantage. Exhaust scavenging works better the faster an engine spins, and getting high RPM out of an engine requires a robust valvetrain. Even the best pushrod engine, the mighty LS7, maxxes out at 7,000 RPM. At higher engine speeds, flex in the valvetrain hurts precision and stability, which hurt performance. Ford's 5.2-liter Voodoo flat-plane crank V-8 doesn't spin to 8,250 RPM because of the crank, it's because of the advanced dual-overhead cam valvetrain.

    That explains the flat-plane crankshaft and blasphemous dual-overhead cams, but just keeping up with Ford doesn't explain the turbos. Le Mans does. Le Mans' sanctioning body, the ACO, uses a formula called "Balance of Power" to attempt to level the playing field between different engine types and sizes, and for the past two years it's favored turbocharged engines from Ford and Ferrari to Corvette's detriment. Critically, Balance of Power can be adjusted simply by changing the maximum boost pressure of a turbocharged engine, whereas the naturally aspirated C7.R is forced to breathe through CNC-machined metal intake restrictors which have to be made from scratch.

    Where would Chevrolet get such an engine? Why, from Cadillac, of course. Not quite, though. Even though Cadillac's new 4.2-liter twin-turbo DOHC Blackwing V-8 is built at the Corvette's engine plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, GM has been adamant it's exclusive to Cadillac. How exclusive? Cadillac President Steve Carlisle told us Corvette would get it "over my dead body" and even Corvette champion and GM President Mark Reuss has said the engine hasn't even been test-fit in the C8 because it's a Cadillac engine.

    #45  08/26/19
    Mid-Engined Cadillac Supercar Would Be A Great C8 Companion

    The hypothetical performance car would get the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 Blackwing engine.
    If there’s something Cadillac is good at, it’s at making concepts. Remember the spectacular Elmiraj? What about the Ciel or the Escala? Going back further in time, one of the most interesting concepts cars to ever carry the Cadillac crest was the Cien back in 2002. The mid-engined supercar never saw the light of production day, which is the same thing we can say about this purely hypothetical machine that only exists in Photoshop.

    Using Cadillac’s latest and greatest design language, the folks over at Car Lifestyle have envisioned a sleek mid-engined machine with a sharp design that might actually remind you of the Cien. With massive air intakes and beefy splitter up front corroborated with a gigantic diffuser and fat exhaust tips mounted up high at the back in McLaren style, the imaginary American supercar screams performance.

    The artist has imagined the unnamed Caddy with an F1-like rain light and an ultra-wide grille with slender LED headlights at the upper corners lending the vehicle a futuristic look. Scissor doors would be a natural fit for this type of car, while the large wheels and low ground clearance contribute to the vehicle’s performance-oriented nature.

    Getting back to the real world, a supercar represents a tough business case, which is why focusing on SUVs is probably a safer bet. Nevertheless, there’s nothing stopping us from dreaming of a flagship Cadillac supercar with a mid-engined layout in the same vein as the new Corvette C8. If we’re allowed to fantasize, we’d shoehorn the twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 engine behind the car’s seats.

    #44 08/24/19

    One of the C8 Corvette’s Side View Mirrors is Not Like the Other

    We caught this little design quirk while at the East Coast Reveal of the 2020 Corvette Stingray at Kerbeck and now thanks to the help of a tape measure, we have the proof!

    If you stand directly behind or in front of the car, you will notice that the passenger side mirror sticks out a bit further than the driver’s side mirror.

    That’s due to the drivers seating position as well as the height of the rear fenders. To get a look around those rear haunches, the passenger side mirror has to stick out a bit further. What surprised us was that its a full two-inches longer than the mount that holds the driver’s side mirror.

    #43 08/24/19
    2020 Corvette:
    Here Are The Five Wheels

    Chevy’s all-new 2020 Corvette will initially offer five wheel options, comprised of one standard wheel and four available wheels. GM Authority has compiled a comprehensive guide to 2020 Corvette wheels, complete with pictures, availability info, and other details for your browsing and shopping pleasure.

    All five 2020 Corvette wheel options are made of aluminum, feature a staggered 19-inch front and 20 inch rear setup and are 8.5 inches wide, while varying in design and finish.
    RPO Code Material Diameter (Inches) Width (Inches) Finish Trim Level Availability
    Q8P Aluminum 19 Front, 20 Rear 8.5 Bright Silver-painted 1LT,2LT,3LT
    QEQ Aluminum 19 Front, 20 Rear 8.5 Carbon Flash-painted with machined edge 1LT,2LT,3LT
    QES Aluminum 19 Front, 20 Rear 8.5 Machined-face and Sterling Silver-painted 1LT,2LT,3LT
    QET Aluminum 19 Front, 20 Rear 8.5 Machined-face and Spectra Gray-painted 1LT,2LT,3LT
    5DF Aluminum 19 Front, 20 Rear 8.5 Black-painted 1LT,2LT,3LT

    #42 08/23/19

    French Company Faurecia Makes the Interiors For Bugatti, Ferrari & Now the C8 Corvette


    #41  08/22/19
    See The New Corvette In Person At These Locations
    2020 Corvette C8 Stingray Tour Schedule
    Business Name City State Date Event Details
    Bob Stall Chevrolet El Cajon CA July 22 & 23, 2019
    Kerbeck Corvette Atlantic City NJ July 26 & 27, 2019
    Petersen Automotive Museum Los Angles CA July 27 & 28, 2019 Zora Duntov Tribute Weekend
    Concours d Elegance of America Plymouth MI July 27 & 28, 2019
    Fairway Chevrolet Hazelton PA July 29, 2019
    Simpson Chevrolet Irvine CA July 30, 2019
    Bridgewater Chevrolet Bridgewater Township NJ July 31, 2019
    Connell Chevrolet Orange County CA August 1 & 2, 2019
    Atlantic Chevrolet Cadillac Long Island/Bay Shore NY August 2, 2019
    Road America Plymouth WI August 2-4, 2019 Chevrolet Motorsports Display in the paddock
    Schumacher Chevrolet Little Falls NJ August 5, 2019
    Camino Real Chevrolet Monterey Park CA August 7, 2019
    MacMulkin Chevrolet Nashua NH August 7, 2019
    Allen Gwynn Chevrolet Glendale CA August 9, 2019
    DePaula Chevrolet Albany NY August 9, 2019
    Keyes Chevrolet Sherman Oaks CA August 12, 2019
    DeNooyer Chevrolet Colonie NY August 12, 2019
    Rydell Chevrolet Northridge CA August 14, 2019
    Bob Johnson Chevrolet Rochester NY August 14, 2019
    Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Salinas CA August 15-16, 2019 Laguna Seca display in the paddock
    Glendora Chevrolet Glendora CA August 16, 2019
    Van Bortel Chevrolet Macedon NY August 16, 2019
    Woodward Dream Cruise Birmingham MI August 17, 2019 Chevy display location
    Victor Chevrolet Victor NY August 18, 2019
    Rotolo Chevrolet Fontana CA August 19 & 20, 2019
    Les Stanford Chevrolet Dearborn MI August 20 & 21, 2019
    Jessup Auto Plaza Cathedral City CA August 22, 2019
    Corvettes at Carlisle Carlisle PA August 22-25, 2019
    George Matick Chevrolet Redford Charter MI August 23, 2019 Event limited to invitation only and not available to the public
    Midway Chevrolet Phoenix AZ August 24, 2019
    Van’s Chevrolet Scottsdale AZ August 27, 2019 12:00 Noon to 7:00 PM
    Findlay Chevrolet Las Vegas NV August 29, 2019
    National Corvette Museum Bowling Green KY August 29-31, 2019 25th Anniversary Celebration
    Merle Stone Chevrolet Buick GMC Tulare CA September 4, 2019
    Boardwalk Chevrolet Redwood City CA September 6, 2019
    Sarchione Chevrolet Randolph OH September 6, 2019
    F.H. Dailey Chevrolet San Leandro CA September 9, 2019 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Coughlin Chevrolet Patascala OH September 9, 2019
    Daniels Long Chevrolet Colorado Springs CO September 13, 2019
    McCluskey Chevrolet Cincinnati OH September 13 & 14, 2019
    Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Denver/Park Meadows/Lone Tree CO September 16 & 17, 2019
    Columbia Chevrolet Cincinnati OH September 17, 2019
    Emich Chevrolet Lakewood CO September 19, 2019
    Bachman Chevrolet Louisville KY September 19, 2019
    Corvette Funfest Effingham IL September 19-22, 2019
    Hendrick Chevrolet Merriam KS September 22, 2019
    Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Norfolk VA September 23, 2019
    Karl Chevrolet Ankeny IA September 25, 2019
    Hendrick Chevrolet Cary NC September 27, 2019
    Hendrick Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Southpoint Durham NC September 30, 2019
    Eric von Schledorn Chevrolet Saukville WI September 30, 2019
    Terry Labonte Chevrolet Greensboro NC October 2, 2019
    Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week Newport RI October 3-5, 2019
    Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet Greenville SC October 4 & 5, 2019
    Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Wilmington NC October 8 & 9, 2019
    Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Charleston SC October 11, 2019
    Petite Le Mans at Road Atlanta Braselton GA October 12, 2019
    ELCO Chevrolet St. Louis/Ballwin MO October 12 & 13, 2019
    Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth GA October 14, 2019
    Don Mealey Chevrolet Clermont FL October 17 & 18, 2019
    Stingray Chevrolet Plant City FL October 22 & 23, 2019
    Peters Chevrolet Longview TX October 23 & 24, 2019
    Cox Chevrolet Bradenton FL October 25, 2019
    Classic Chevrolet Grapevine TX October 26, 2019
    Estero Bay Chevrolet Estero FL October 28, 2019
    Ray Huffines Chevrolet Plano TX October 29, 2019
    Bomnin Chevrolet West Kendall Miami FL October 30 & 31, 2019
    Henna Chevrolet Austin TX October 31, 2019
    Bill Stasek Chevrolet Wheeling IL October 1, 2019 Invitation only event for previous customers (past or present), have your name on the deposit list, or be a member of their Corvette club
    Wallace Chevrolet Stuart FL November 2, 2019
    Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land TX November 4 & 5, 2019
    Lone Star Chevrolet Houston TX November 7, 2019
    Sterling McCall Chevrolet Houston TX November 9, 2019
    Mac Haik Chevrolet Houston TX November 12, 2019
    Parkway Chevrolet Tomball TX November 14, 2019
    Matt Saxe Chevrolet Belle Plaine MN November 21, 2019
    Millennium Chevrolet Hempstead NY November 22, 2019
    New Rochelle Chevrolet New Rochelle NY November 24, 2019
    Uftring Chevrolet Washington Il December 6, 2019
    Joe Basil Chevrolet Depew NY December 10 & 11, 2019
    Mobile Chevrolet Mobile AL December 18, 2019
    DeMontrond Chevrolet Texas City TX January 6, 2020
    Ron Carter Chevrolet Buick GMC Autoland Alvin TX January 8 & 9, 2020
    Jim Hoffpauir Chevrolet Cadillac and Buick Lampasas TX January 13, 2020
    SouthWest Chevrolet Kaufman TX January 15, 2020
    Lakeside Chevrolet Company Rockwall TX January 17, 2020
    Whitmoyer Chevrolet Mount Joy PA January 20, 2020
    All American Chevrolet of Midland Midland TX January 24 & 25, 2020
    American Chevrolet Modesto CA February 1, 2020
    Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet Napa CA February 4, 2020
    Everett Chevrolet Buick GMC Hickory NC February 4, 2020
    Platinum Chevrolet Santa Rosa CA February 6, 2020
    Bill Black Chevrolet Cadillac Greensboro NC February 7, 2020
    Marine Chevrolet Jacksonville NC February 10, 2020
    McCurley Integrity Chevrolet Cadillac Pasco WA February 10, 2020
    South Charlotte Chevrolet Charlotte NC February 12, 2020
    Ingersoll Auto Danbury CT Date not yet confirmed   

    #40 08/21/19



    #39  08/19/19

    2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray will reportedly cost more in 2021

    The mid-engine performance bargain is rumored to have a price hike in its future.

    It's fair to say Chevrolet earned a double jaw drop when it first said the mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray would cost under $60,000, and then revealed the starting price to be $59,995 after the destination fee. It might all be short-lived, however.

    A Monday report from Motor Trend claims the sub-$60,000 price tag will be for just one model year. For the 2021 model year, the mid-engine Corvette will supposedly grow more costly, though the source did not share how much the price will climb. Looking back at the C7-generation Corvette's history of price increases, this does not seem far-fetched in the slightest.

    A Chevrolet representative did not comment on the rumored news.

    By announcing the base car with a $59,995 price, Chevy certainly earned the buzz the sports car deserves -- it's the first time the engine is moving from the front of the car for a production Corvette. However, now that the world is well aware the car is coming, and it'll be a bargain for its on-paper specs, the rumored news seems to earn more credibility. Vehicle prices do often increase slightly each year, and as Motor Trend points, out the C7-generation Corvette saw its fair share of price hikes.

    The previous-generation Corvette Stingray originally started life as a $51,995 machine in 2014. A few months later, the price jumped to $53,993, then to $55,995 in 2015. There's a pattern here, and if demand for the C8 Corvette is as high as Chevy thinks it will be, the $59,995 price isn't likely to stick around long. In fact, General Motors says it will add a second shift to the Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant to meet expected demand for the sports car.

    Even for those hoping to find a true base model 2020 Corvette Stingray, I wish you luck. Dealers are really good at marking up desirable cars and the extra 5 horsepower atop the base car's 490 hp plus other performance goodies from the Z51 package will cost $5,000 more. A fully loaded Corvette Stingray will ring in at nearly $72,000.

    #38  08/18/19

    2020 Corvette Offers The Best Audio System Bose Has:
    The 2020 Corvette C8 has no shortage of impressive facts and specs to call upon. For example, when equipped with the optional performance exhaust system, the new 6.2L V8 LT2 engine in the C8 Stingray churns out a heady 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, 40 horsepower and 15 pound-feet more than the standard Corvette C7 it replaces. Throw on the Z51 package, and 60 mph arrives in less than three seconds, making for the quickest entry-level Chevrolet Corvette ever created. Awesome stuff all around, and that awesomeness continues into the cabin, where the C8 offers the most powerful Bose sound system the audio company has ever equipped in a two-door sports car.

    The 2020 Corvette sound system houses 14 speakers that surround the driver and passenger to create a vast array of aural entertainment. Speakers are mounted in the doors, in the dash, and also in the rear of the cabin, creating a complete sphere of sound to enhance listening pleasure.

    The layout is smart too. For instance, Bose used the door cavity to house the subwoofers, saving on space as a result.

    Given the new mid-engine layout for the 2020 Corvette, Bose obviously needed to make big changes with regard to stereo tuning when compared to sound systems in previous Corvettes. There’s also a number of technologies on board to enhance the system, including AudioPilot, which uses microphones scattered around the cabin to analyze ambient sound and then self-adjust the system to offer greater clarity.

    Bose first began supplying audio equipment for the Corvette in the 1980s, and it’s great to see the company still delivering top-notch stereo equipment for the 2020 model year. It’s also worth noting that this latest 14-speaker Bose system is an available option offered as a subs







    C8 FLAGS


    Here's How the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8's Special Z Mode Works

    The all-new Vette's Z button is mounted on the steering wheel to quickly activate customized performance settings.











    Below, we've listed every specification that GM has provided so far regarding the C8 Stingray.


    Type: LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)

    Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

    Block Material: A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps

    Oiling System: Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling

    Oil Type: Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic

    Cylinder Head Material: 319-T7 cast aluminum

    Combustion Chamber volume: 59cc

    Compression Ratio: 11.5:1

    Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.

    Valve Size (in / mm): 2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)

    Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)

    Firing Order: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)

    Throttle body: 87mm single bore (electronic)

    ECU: GM E99 (32-bit processing)

    Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm (with performance exhaust)

    Torque (lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm): 470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm (with performance exhaust)


    Type: M1L 8-speed dual clutch (DCT)


    Front Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; monotube shock absorbers (46mm /); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available on Z51. Adjustable front lift with memory is available

    Rear Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; direct-acting stabilizer bar; monotube shock absorbers (46mm); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available with Z51

    Steering Type: Bosch/ZF variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist; includes Active Steer Stops with available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0

    Steering ratio: 15.7:1

    Turning Circle: 11.6 m (std.); 11.1 m (with FE4 Magnetic Ride Control)

    Brake Type: Front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston/two-piece front calipers and four-piston/monobloc rear calipers. With Z51: Front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc caliper at front and rear

    Brake Rotor Size (in / mm):

    Front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30)

    Front: 13.3 x 1.18 (345 x 30) – with Z51

    Rear: 13.6 x 1.02 (339 x 26)

    Rear: 13.8 x 1.06 (350 x 27) – with Z51

    Wheel Size:

    Front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)

    Rear: 20-inch x 11-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)

    Tire Type and Size:

    Stingray: Michelin Pilot Sport ALS

    Stingray with Z51: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

    Front: 245/35ZR19

    Rear: 305/30ZR20



    Wheelbase (in. / mm): 107.2 / 2722

    Overall Length (in. / mm): 182.3/ 4630

    Overall Width (in. / mm): 76.1 / 1934

    Overall Height (in. / mm): 48.6 / 1234

    Track (in. mm): (front) 64.9 / 1648 (rear) 62.4 / 1586



    Headroom (in. / mm): 37.9 / 962

    Legroom (in. / mm): 42.8 / 1086

    Shoulder Room (in. / mm): 54.4 / 1381

    Hip Room (in. / mm): 52.0 / 1321



    Dry Weight (lb. / kg): 3366 / 1530

    Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L): 12.6 / 356.8






















    Relive The 2020 Corvette Stingray Reveal: Video





    Base 2020 Corvette Equipped With All-Season Tires
                                                                         Still Manages 1G

    The 2020 Corvette C8 offers some pretty impressive performance figures. Thanks to the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 mounted in the middle of the machine, the new Corvette lays down 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, enabling it to sprint to 60 mph in less than three seconds when equipped with the optional Z51 package and the optional performance exhaust system. However, even the base-model 2020 Corvette Stingray, the one without the optional Z51 package, has the goods needed to lay the smackdown, generating upwards of 1G in lateral acceleration thanks to its new all-season Michelin rubber.

    For those who may be out of the loop, the base 2020 Corvette Stingray rides on the freshly-developed Michelin Pilot Sport ALS compound, staggered front to back with 245/35R19 slabs in the front and 305/30R20 meats in the rear.

    It’s believed that Michelin’s Pilot Sport ALS compound is essentially an evolution of the existing Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ compound, the tire-maker’s current ultra-high-performance all-season rubber. According to a recent report from Car and Driver, the new compound is dubbed Pilot Sport All Season 4, which makes sense if it is indeed a successor to the current Pilot Sport A/S 3+. Chevrolet and Michelin developed the new all-season tire over a five-year period specifically for the 2020 Corvette.

    Despite the all-season nature of the new Pilot Sport ALS, aka Pilot Sport All Season 4, Chevrolet claims the 2020 base-model mid-engine Corvette will still generate “nearly 1G.” This is critical for a high-end performance vehicle billed as a “true supercar for every day.”

    “This tire doesn’t make the compromise that a summer tire will make when the temperature drops below 40 or 50 degrees, especially if it’s wet,” said Michelin’s lead development engineer for the new tire, Lee Willard, in an interview with Car and Driver. “It really behaves like a summer tire in balance and progressiveness at the limit, yet it offers two to three times the grip of a Michelin summer tire in the snow.”

    Considering the previous Chevrolet Corvette was only offered with summer performance rubber, the all-season rubber on the base model represents a huge jump in usability and practicality for future owners of the C8, particularly those who drive their mid-engine Corvette year-round… though we should note that those who plan on driving in the snow should invest in a set of true winter tires.

    Meanwhile, upgrading the 2020 Corvette with the optional Z51 package swaps the all-season ALS rubber for the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S – a summer-only max-performance compound that’s unsuitable in cold conditions. But the tradeoff from all-season practicality on the stickier Pilot Sport 4S compounds increases lateral grip even further, generating between 1.03 G and 1.05 G.

    We’ll be sure to follow up on this story with additional information on the 2020 Corvette and its new all-season rubber. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Corvette news, Chevrolet news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.

    Here’s The 2020 Corvette Z51 On Public Roads, Camo Free
    Now that the all-new mid-engine Corvette C8 is officially out of the bag, it’s time for it to finally strut its stuff out on public roads without the camouflage. We’ve already shows you real-life pictures of the base-model Corvette C8, and now we have photos of the new 2020 Corvette equipped with the Z51 Performance Package in the wild, slathered in Rapid Blue paint.

    The big giveaway here is that the rear spoiler seen on this model, which is added as standard equipment with the Z51 Performance Package, works to shove the Vette into the pavement with as much as 400 pounds of downforce. It’s available either in black or body-color

    Additional equipment in the C8 Corvette Z51 package includes:
         >Michelin PS4 Performance 3 Season tires
         >FE3 Performance Suspension
         >Available FE4 Suspension with Magnetic Ride Control
         >Larger 345 mm (13.6-inch) front and 350 mm (13.8-inch) rear brakes
         >Third rear-mounted radiator
         >Electronic Limited-Slip Differential
         >Performance Exhaust

    Equipped with the Performance Exhaust, the 2020 Corvette produces as much as 495 horsepower at 6,450 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 5,150 rpm. The sprint to 60 mph takes less than three seconds. Making it all possible is the new naturally-aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, which sends output to the rear wheels through the standard M1L eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

    Further exterior upgrades we spot with this particular Rapid Blue 2020 Corvette include Carbon Flash Open Spoke wheels, which we think pair well with the black spoiler and blue paint.

    Of course, interested fans and potential customers alike can spec theirs to taste using the new 2020 Corvette configurator.

    We gotta say, we’re really digging the new Vette’s styling. While we thought it looked good on stage during its recent debut in Tustin, California, we think it looks even better in the wild, especially properly configured. The low, wide stance, the interplay of sharp lines and deep creases, not to mention the assortment of aesthetic upgrades available all combine to make the 2020 Corvette a real eyeball-grabber.


    Along Comes A Spyder:
                                The 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible

    As Chevrolet showed off the 2020 Corvette last night at the official reveal event, many were wondering where the convertible model was. Chevrolet elected not to show the Spyder-version at the reveal, however, the convertible model was shown on video during the event.

    Corvette enthusiasts will have to make a hard choice between the Coupe version which shows off the beautiful LT2 V8 that is tucked behind the driver while the convertible models have a flat rear deck with vents for engine cooling.

    We still haven’t seen how the top operates to know exactly the sequence of the panels opening up and being tucked inside the engine compartment, nor do we know if there are any storage limitations with the top up or down when compared to previous generations.

    Here are three screen captures of the 2020 Corvette Convertible from the live reveal’s video feed followed by a really cool video:


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    Corvette C8 WILL NOT offer a Manual At Any Point
    The Corvette C8 will not offer a manual transmission at any point in time, General Motors confirmed to GM Authority following the vehicle’s debut in Tustin, California last week.

    GM’s reasoning for not offering three pedals and a stick in the new mid-engine sports car is simple: the low demand simply did not justify the time and expense required to engineer and certify it.
    It wasn’t so much GM that was unwilling to produce a manual Corvette C8, but rather it could not find a supplier who was willing to work with it to develop one that would be sold in such low numbers, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said.
    “We couldn’t find anybody honestly who’d be willing to do it. Because just like the automatic, the DCT, it would have to be a bespoke manual,” he told Motor Authority. “It’s low volume, very expensive. The reason is it’s a low-volume industry. That industry is dying—building manual transmissions.”

    Roughly 15 percent of new Corvettes are ordered with a manual and that number is going down rapidly, Juechter added.
    The 2020 Corvette Stingray is offered with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic developed by Tremec. It was developed specifically for the Corvette C8 and its tight rear dimensions, which are made even more compact by the low-mounted dry sump system. Versions of this transmission will likely serve in all coming model variants of the mid-engine sports car, including more powerful Z06 or ZR1 variants.

    The majority of mid-engine vehicles on sale today feature automatic or dual-clutch automatic transmissions, including the Ferrari 488, Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan, Acura NSX and McLaren 570S and 720S. Porsche is one of the only major sports car manufacturers that still offers a manual, with the Cayman, Boxster and 911 all offering one.



    New 2020 Corvette Offers Customized VIN For $5,000  

    With the announcement of Chevrolet’s all-new 2020 Corvette C8, we’ve been busy pouring over all the awesome details on offer, both large and small. From the paint options, to the wheel designs, to the interior colors, we’re stoked to see Chevrolet go above and beyond when it comes to customization options for this everyday supercar. And for those who insist on bespoke everything, how about this – a custom VIN.

    For those who may be unaware, a VIN, or vehicle identification number, is a unique 17-digit sequence of numbers and letters used to identify a given vehicle. A VIN typically contains identifiers for the model type, engine, production facility, and other features. The number is a distinctive combination that can be used to pinpoint individual vehicles for DMV registration, recalls, insurance coverage, and other purposes.

    Displayed via a small placard at the base of the windshield (on the driver’s side), a custom VIN isn’t exactly the sort of thing most folks would even recognize. Nevertheless, the 2020 Corvette will offer customers a chance to customize the last five digits of their car’s VIN thanks to a new available option.

    Of course, this absurd attention to detail does come at a price – how does $5,000 grab ya? For those keeping score at home, that computes out to a grand per number. Not cheap, by any measure. What’s more, not all VINs are eligible for the option.
    That said, with the 2020 Corvette Stingray starting under $60,000, buying into a custom VIN might still be financially feasible for some buyers. What’s more, it places an emphasis on reserving a model early in order to get the desired VIN.

    Of course, it makes us wonder – what would you choose for your 2020 Corvette custom VIN? Let us know by posting in the comments section.

    Our pick? That one’s easy: V8FTW or C8FTW. It would go well with a custom/vanity license plate.


    Twin-Turbo V8 LT7 Engine For C8 Corvette Z06 Leaked

    Last week, GM Authority reported that the base model of the upcoming mid-engine Corvette C8, set to be called Stingray, will be powered by the 6.2-liter LT2 engine that will make around 500 horsepower. And now, less than a week before its unveiling, GM Authority has obtained new information about an upcoming GM twin-turbo engine, dubbed LT7, that is earmarked for a future, high-performance variant of the Corvette C8, potentially the C8 Corvette Z06.
    You may have seen these CAD images of the LT7 engine before, but there’s now some info to go along with the photos. So, GM will switch from blowers (superchargers) to snails (turbochargers) in its range-topping Corvette models. But don’t let the LT7 moniker mislead you: the engine portrayed in these GM CAD images is not based on GM’s fifth-generation Small Block / push-rod LT engine family, which includes the familiar LT1 (for the C7 Stingray), LT4 (for the C7 Z06), and LT5 (for the C7 ZR1). Instead, the LT7 is based on GM’s new Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V8 engine architecture initially introduced by the 4.2L Twin-Turbo V8 LTA, otherwise known as Blackwing.

    Don’t expect to see or even hear about this new Twin Turbo LT7 V8 engine during the Corvette C8 reveal next week, since that event will be dedicated to the base model mid-engine Corvette, aka the C8 Corvette Stingray. Instead, this here LT7 will go into what we expect to be the C8 Corvette Z06, which is at least another 16 months out, if not more.

    Current information about the LT7 is sparse, but we have uncovered that it will have a larger displacement than the 4.2-liter Blackwing LTA. Sources tell us that the LT7 will make more than the 650 horsepower generated by the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 in the C7 Z06, and well more than the high-output version of the Blackwing LTA, which is rated at 550 horses and 627 pound-feet of torque. It’s currently unclear whether the LT7 will share the same block as the LTA, or if the two engines will only share the same overall engine design/configuration, and not size.

    The CAD images also show that the turbochargers are not mounted in the ‘Hot V’ design of the Blackwing. Instead, they are placed on either side of the Vee, below the cylinder banks. As such, the twin throttle bodies, intake manifold, and entire induction system differ from those of the Blackwing. We’d imagine that the head design varies as well.

    Another point of interest is the cooling setup. Since this powertrain is for a mid-engine car, it doesn’t have a conventional front-mounted intercooler. On top of that, the DOHC Blackwing architecture utilizes water-to-air charge cooling, making the overall packaging of the cooling system very different from anything else GM has shipped in the past. Then again, a mid-engine sports car is already entirely different than anything in GM’s current portfolio.

    It’s worth noting that, when GM introduced the Blackwing V8 for the Cadillac CT6-V, originally called the CT6 V-Sport, the automaker made it a point in saying that the engine would be exclusive to Cadillac, through and through. But something seemed off; it didn’t make sense that today’s General Motors, an organization laser-focused on pinching pennies and optimizing its business in any way it can, would dedicate the colossal amounts of human, financial, and production resources to bring to market an engine on an entirely new engine architecture just to use it exclusively in a low volume product offering like the CT6-V, especially when that model might not even stick around in the near future.

    As such, it would make sense that the engine architecture behind the Blackwing V8 – as opposed to the engine itself – would be utilized across other high-end, high-performance vehicles within the GM portfolio. A higher-output variant of the Blackwing for a future C8 Corvette Z06, in the form of the LT7, fits that bill perfectly.

    It’s also worth noting that the 4.2L Twin-Turbo V8 Blackwing LTA is hand-assembled at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky – the one and only home to the Corvette. Hence, the assembly line is almost begging for the addition of a more potent variant of the Blackwing V8 for a future, higher-output version of the C8 Corvette. Whether that model will be called Z06, or something else, is a story for another time.

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    Everything we know about the mid-engine Corvette C8 courtesy of 

    There’s only a week between us and the long-awaited advent of the Corvette C8.

    We’ve strained our eyes over spy photos and teaser videos, imagined the dozens of digital renders rolling into our driveways, and gasped as the mid-engine rumors morphed into reality.

    In a week, the truth will set us free. At the very least, the car’s July 18th reveal will satiate our curiosity. Those of us not waiting in line for one will still be glued to our screens for the July 18th livestream.

    THE LOOK: 
    Chevrolet has confirmed the C8 will be available in 12 different colors, as revealed by a shipment of “keepsake coins.” Rumor is that the C8 color palette includes a royal blue reminiscent of the 1990 Corvette CERV III concept.
    As revealed in a leaked shot of the C8’s rear end, the C7’s round-tipped center quad exhaust migrates to two sets of square dual tips positioned at each corner of the rear bumper. The logo adorning the hood of this eighth-gen Corvette will continue its upward journey from the days of the C4’s horizontal flag arrangement, squeezing itself into an increasingly narrow angle. Walking around the back of the new ’Vette, you’ll be able to peer into the rear hatch and—for the first time—glimpse the small-block V-8. Of course, that controversial placement means less space behind the driver’s seat than in every previous Corvette. So stroll to the front (or to the rear) and pop open one of the two trunks represented on this C8 keyfob.

    For the base car, the ’Vette’s small-block V-8 ain’t goin’ nowhere. Later on, though, higher-output iterations of the C8 may utilize twin turbos and electric motors to deliver the first-ever hybrid Corvette. We expect the higher-tier hybrid offerings to bristle with around 1000 hp, with the base naturally-aspirated LT2 rated at roughly 600 hp while displacing the same 6.2 liters as the current LT1 in the C7.

    Along with a space-saving dry-sump configuration for the engine, the C8’s will employ a dual-clutch transaxle for further packaging efficiency. Chevrolet was issued a patent especially for this transmission configuration, which will be controlled by shift paddles.


    Contrary to what we initially thought, contributor Don Sherman reported earlier this spring that leaked CAD drawings indicate that the C7’s fiberglass transverse-leaf rear suspension will not continue to the C8.


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    Corvette active spoiler
    Though its design evolves from the C7’s, the C8 will sport aero specifically appropriate to its mid-engine design—most notably, those giant vents slashing through the rear fenders of the test mules we’ve seen. A recently-issued patent for an “active hybrid spoiler” may be mounted on the roof, and it’s possible this exciting type of aero feature could adorn the highest-tier C8. Given we’re likely only going to see the base C8 this month at the public reveal (higher-performing variants will surely follow), we expect some open questions will remain when it comes to the car’s full aerodynamic capabilities.

    THE COST:  

    Don’t be surprised if the C8 drags behind it a price tag five or ten grand heavier than its front-engined predecessor. The hotly-debated decision to switch to a mid-engine layout reflects that the ambition for higher performance outweighs the arguments for tradition, which could result in an elevated price point for this new kind of ‘Vette. The current C7 Stingray coupe starts at $56,995 including destination fees, and we project the C8 could command as much as $70,000 when it finally hits showrooms.

    Back in 2018, previous Corvette chief engineer Dave McLellan told Don Sherman that he saw upcoming hybrid versions of the C8 as “GM’s version of a Porsche 918 Spyder,” arguing that “Chevrolet needs to show potential buyers what it’s capable of delivering with a potent V-8, a hybrid-electric powertrain, and all-wheel drive.”

    McLellan said he’s well aware that the market for mid-engine cars is well populated, and wants the price point of the C8 to draw attention to the newest ’Vette as a major mid-engine player.

    More than 40 years after Zora Arkus-Duntov left his successors to fulfill his dream of a mid-engine Corvette, the car is finally on the cusp of becoming reality. Both the C8’s internal GM code name (ZERV—a Zora-themed play on the prior CERV concepts) and camouflage give a nod to him.

    There’s no question the C8 marks a new chapter in the story of America’s sports car. With the new mid-engine layout, the Corvette will go up against European rivals, and we’ll be right there watching as the rivalries play out on the street and on the track.

    Mid Engine Corvette C8 To Go On Tour After This Month’s Reveal

    Not surprisingly, there is already massive customer interest in the forthcoming 2020 mid engine Corvette C8. Chevrolet recently added 400 jobs at the Bowling Green Assembly plant to prepare for the car’s arrival (enough workers to support a second production shift), strong evidence that the automaker is predicting the sports car will be a sales success from the get-go.

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