Official 0-60 mph times confirm the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is supercar-fast

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November 07, 2019 11:30 AM

Official 0-60 mph times confirm the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is supercar-fast

0-60 in 2.9 seconds is a good start — and it’s just the beginning for the midengine C8 Corvette.

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Meet the new, midengine Chevrolet Corvette. Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that’s mounted behind the passenger compartment, the new Corvette is a major shift in Corvette history. 

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Gone is the familiar, long-nose Corvette styling. The shift to the rear mid-engine has radically changed the Corvette’s appearance.

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The new, rear styling is a departure from the last few generations of Corvette, with the design team venturing away from the center-exit exhaust. 

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Even though the new Corvette is mid-engine, it looks like the obvious evolution from the C7 ‘Vette.

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The heavily sculpted bodywork falls away when looking at the car’s silhouette. 

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The rear-midengine layout has been on the Corvette’s radar for nearly as long as the Corvette has been in production. 

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The huge side intakes help feed the 6.2-liter LT2 V8, as well as provide cooling to the radiators and other heat exchangers. 

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The new Corvette will also feature a nose lift: that’s a Corvette first.

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As different as it might look, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette still has its roots settled deep in Corvette lore.

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The eighth-generation Corvette body panels are still composite, which shouldn’t be too big of a shock.

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The new Corvette is actually longer than the C7 it’s replacing. The midengine ‘Vette is 4.4-inches longer than the front-midengine C7 models.

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Meet the new, midengine Chevrolet Corvette. Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that’s mounted behind the passenger compartment, the new Corvette is a major shift in Corvette history. 

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Meet the new, midengine Chevrolet Corvette. Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that’s mounted behind the passenger compartment, the new Corvette is a major shift in Corvette history. 

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Meet the new, midengine Chevrolet Corvette. Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that’s mounted behind the passenger compartment, the new Corvette is a major shift in Corvette history. 

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Meet the new, midengine Chevrolet Corvette. Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that’s mounted behind the passenger compartment, the new Corvette is a major shift in Corvette history. 

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Meet the new, midengine Chevrolet Corvette. Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that’s mounted behind the passenger compartment, the new Corvette is a major shift in Corvette history. 

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Meet the new, midengine Chevrolet Corvette. Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that’s mounted behind the passenger compartment, the new Corvette is a major shift in Corvette history. 

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Meet the new, midengine Chevrolet Corvette. Powered by a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that’s mounted behind the passenger compartment, the new Corvette is a major shift in Corvette history. 

We knew the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette’s switch to a rear midengine format was going to result in a very, very quick car; our first impressions behind the wheel were confirmation. But it’s always nice to have official figures from Chevy to back all that up, so here they are: The base model Corvette coupe does 0-60 mph in an even 3.0 seconds. Coupes equipped with the Z51 performance package do it a little quicker: 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. (We wouldn’t be surprised if, under the right conditions, you could do a touch better than that.)
Consider: When equipped with the Z51 package, the “basic” 2020 Corvette is as quick to 60 mph as the outgoing C7 ZR1, king of the front-engine ‘Vettes — and this is just the beginning of the new model’s development cycle.

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The Z51 package, remember, adds Magnetic Ride Control magnetorheological suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential (contributing to a 5.17 final drive ratio, versus the 4.89 on the mechanical limited slip diff-equipped base car) and bigger brakes, plus a package-specific front splitter and rear spoiler and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, for an extra $5,000.
It’s a fairly extensive upgrade over the base car, but we’d bet it’s ultimately a combination of the different final drive and sticky summer performance tires that gives the Z51 that slight edge. Either time is impressive.
To consistently nail those sprints, you’ll want to use the Corvette’s performance-launch feature. Turn it on by switching the car to track mode, then press the traction-control button twice — the double-press is to ensure that you really meant it — to enter either Competitive mode (on non-Magnetic Ride Control-equipped cars) or Performance Traction Management (on cars with the fancy suspension).  
From there, it’s a fairly standard launch-mode procedure: Depress the brake, then mat the accelerator until the revs build and stabilize at about 3,500 rpm. Then, quickly release the brake pedal and off you go at terrific speed.

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Along with the acceleration figures, Chevrolet has released its official quarter-mile times: 11.2 seconds at 123 mph for the base car…and 11.2 seconds at 121 mph for the Z51 (largely due to the Z51’s extra aero, which increases drag).
Anyone out there think they can do better than that? Once you take delivery of your car next year and stretch it out — safely, on a closed course, naturally — let us know. We’ll be doing the same as soon as we get our hands on a production model.

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