2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review: A Lot Of Perfect, A Lot Of Poor

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review: A Lot Of Perfect, A Lot Of Poor

We're hard on GM products for packaging, design, quality, and material problems, but there's little arguing that most of its cars, and especially the performance products, are joyous to drive. The Corvette is at the top of that list. The 6.2-liter V8 and new eight-speed dual-clutch are a match made in heaven. The LT2 V8 packs 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, helping the 3,366-pound C8 scamper to 60 in around 3.0 seconds (the Z51 package enables a sub-3.0-second sprint), but numbers are a poor substitute for experiencing this engine. The C8 dazzles out of the box. From a standstill, the power delivery from this naturally aspirated engine is a joy. Free of the urgency provided by turbochargers, the LT2 pulls off the line in a way that only a big engine can, with progressive and predictable behavior that builds rather than explodes. Winding out a Porsche 911 Carrera S is an exercise in responding to the sudden increase in engine speed, but while the Corvette revs quickly, there's more time to savor it. It's the difference between slamming a shot of whisky and sipping on one – more enjoyable, even if the process isn't as immediately intoxicating. The C8 sounds stunning, too. Be sure to tick the box for the $1,195 dual-mode sport exhaust, then grab a drive mode that lets it sing at all times. This car's sound is rich and sonorous and, unlike past Corvettes, mostly free of annoying valve train ...
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