2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray Leaked Ahead Of Debut

AnarticlefromEsquirecould'vespilledthewholebeans,includinga495-horsepowerV8.

ThreeyearsagowecaughtourfirstblurryglimpseofanearlyC8Corvetteprototype,heavilycoveredincamouflage.Now,thecoversarecomingoffthe2020ChevroletCorvetteStingrayabitearly.AnarticlefromEsquiremagazinewasapparentlyupbriefly,revealingthefinalproductandsomekeystats.ItwenttoApplenews,butthearticlehassincebeentakendown.However,wegrabbedtheinfobeforeitdisappeared,andthoughit'sunofficialatthispoint,itseemsthisisindeedthemid-enginedCorvettewe'vebeenwaitingfor.

Firstup,theengine.AccordingtotheleakedinfofromEsquire,it'sa6.2-literV8dubbedLT2asweexpected,developinganimpressive495horsepowerand470pound-feetoftorque.EquippedwiththeZ51PerformancePackage,thiscarisexpectedtohit60mphinlessthanthreeseconds.Mindyou,thisisthebasemodelCorvetteandifyouwantacomparison,thecurrent755-hpC7ZR1doesthesamesprintin2.8seconds.That'snotabadwaytointroduceacompletelynewplatform.

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Thereissomebadnewsforrow-your-ownenthusiasts,however.Asexpected,thereisnomanualtransmissionoption,atleastforrightnow.Shiftingisdonebyanew8-speeddual-clutchautomaticwithamanual-shiftmode.Niftypaddleshiftersbehindthesteeringwheelallowdriverstoswapcogsatwill,andhonestly,thegearchangesshouldhappenmuchquickerthaneventhebestthree-pedalprocouldmanage.

Sincewe'reonthesubjectofperformance,somethingsarefamiliartolong-timeCorvettefollowers.TheleakmentionsanoptionalZ51PerformancePackagethatincludesupgradedbrakes,cooling,andathroatierexhaustsystemsoyoucanheartheV8doingitsthing.Sadly,wedon'thaveanyinfoaboutelectronicassiststhatcouldfurtherenhanceperformance;forthatwe'llneedtowaitforfurtherofficialinformation.

TheleakdoestalkaboutsomeoftheC8'saesthetics.Corvettefanswillbehappytolearnthattheremovableroofoptionisstillthere,andforthosewhoenjoyroadtrips,therearetwostorageareas.AfrunkattheStingray'snoseissaidtocarryacouplesmallbags,whilealargercargoareaattherearcanfitacouplebagsofgolfclubs.Asforcolors,itlookslikenolessthan12shadeswillbeavailableincludingoldfavoritesandthreenewoptions:RapidBlue,ZeusBronze,andAccelerateYellow.

Lastbutnotleast,thisleakdoesmentionanestimatedpriceandfrankly,thisiswherewewonderiftheinformationislegit.Nothingisconfirmed,itislistedasanestimate,butthisnewC8Stingraycouldbepricedinthe$70,000range.Ifthiscarisabletohit60mphinunderthreeseconds,theC8Corvettecouldverybethebargainperformancesupercarofthedecade.

Theofficialdebuttakesplaceat8:00PMPacifictime/11:00PMEastern.We'llbeabletoconfirmthisinformationandhopefullyhavemuchmoretobringyouthen.

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