GM details C8 Corvette performance specs; production stalled into 2020
The UAW strike has been blamed for the production delay.
General Motors has announced performance specifications for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette and confirmed a rumored production delay into 2020.
The C8-generation 'Vette can officially reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds at 121 mph when equipped with the Z51 package, while the base model still hits 60 mph in three seconds flat and completes the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds at 123 mph.
"Moving more weight over the rear wheels helps us get off the line quicker, but it's the integration between the powertrain and chassis that really takes the performance to new levels," says Chevy performance manager Alex MacDonald.
The LT2 V8 delivers an SAE-certified 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust, making it the most powerful base-model Corvette ever. A dry-sump oil system enables the car to exceed 1 g of lateral force in any direction, with a low-profile oil pan that allows the engine to be mounted lower in the chassis.
Power is delivered via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and a limited-slip differential, with gear ratios optimized for low-end torque. The standard Stingray is equipped with a mechanical LSD, while the Z51 edition switches to an electronic unit with a slightly higher final-drive ratio. The former is intended for straight-line acceleration, while the latter is said to be optimized for track driving.
Unfortunately, buyers will have to wait until February 2020 or later to receive their new Corvette, as the United Auto Workers strike stalled retooling and training operations. The 2020 model year was initially expected to begin rolling off the assembly line by the end of 2019.