For anyone in the market for a mid-engined supercar, 2020 is going to be a good year. We’re getting the new McLaren GT, Hennessey’s Venom F5, and the Porsche 718 Cayman. And now, 2020 will see the first ever mid-engined production Corvette. Despite getting a complete redesign, from the tires to the removable hard top, the 2020 Stingray is still unmistakably a Corvette — it just happens to be the most powerful production Stingray ever built.
The bulk of the big changes stem from the repositioning of the engine. Moving it back behind the driver, the sense of control and responsiveness is improved, as is the straight line performance thanks to that rear weight distribution. And the engine itself? A 6.2 liter small block V8, known as the LT2. It’s an engine capable of 495 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque and if you want to get a good look at all that power, just gaze through the giant rear hatch window.
As Chevrolet said, only one part was carried over from the last generation Corvette, so just about everything is new here. Large side air intakes. Hidden door handles and hatch latches. A dual-clutch automatic transmission. Not one, but two trunks, one in the front for a carry-on suitcase and a laptop bag, and one in the back for two golf bags. A push of a button will raise the nose nearly two inches to get over speed bumps and angled driveways, and the GPS will remember up to 1,000 places those obstacles occur to automatically adjust. All of this comes packaged in a mid-engined sports car that starts in the $60,000 range, not house-in-the-suburbs range.