the reveal of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The base price is going
to be less than $60,000. That’s incredible. This is the eighth generation
Corvette, and of course now it’s mid-engine. There is a 6.2-liter
V8 right about here. Now, that’s a big deal
for a lot of reasons. Well, one, it’s the first
time that a Corvette has gone mid-engine. Two, it brings a ton
of performance benefits and it makes a pretty radical
change to what Corvette is. Really quick, that engine
is still a pushrod V8. That means it’s low, it’s
sacrificing a little bit of valve train sophistication
for sitting low in the car itself. It’s attached to an 8-speed dual
clutch automatic transmission. The only transmission
offering, and of course, it drives the rear wheels. Now, it makes 495 horsepower
with the performance exhaust, and with Launch Control, and
with the performance options, like the Z51 track package
that was on the C7, and so on, enables 0 to 60 in less
than three seconds. Push is pretty spectacular. Now, one of things
that happens when you switch to a
mid-engine configuration is of course all that space that
was once cargo volume is now engine volume, I guess? But there’s still
a trunk behind it, which Chevy says can
fit two golf bags, which is pretty impressive. It shows Chevy’s
commitment to understanding the practicality
aspect of the Corvette, and why owners really
appreciate that. It makes this car more
usable for more people. On top of that, there’s also
a front trunk, or frunk, up front. Combined, both of those
compartments make 12.6-ish cubic feet of cargo space,
which is pretty important. Let’s go a little
bit further up. One of things they maintained
was the removable roof, which has always been a
highlight of Corvettes. It’s nice to be able to
take the roof off and just go for a cruise. There are a couple of
other big, dramatic changes to the rest of the car, as well. Gone are the
transverse leaf spring setup that used to underpin
Corvette for a long time. Now we’re just down
to coil overs, which is more traditional,
and should make for a really sophisticated
ride and handling, especially when paired with the
magnetic fluid-filled shocks that Corvette’s been using
in recent years, and those, we’ve really liked a lot. Chevy says in the
press materials that the Corvette equipped
with all-season tires can generate 1 G laterally. That’s ridiculous
for all-season tires, and that’s such a high
amount of grip capability that actually all Corvettes
now will have a dry [INAUDIBLE] oiling system to ensure constant
lubrication to important engine bits when you’re
cornering really hard. A lot of really
exciting stuff there. Let’s move our way to the front. And one of the real advantages,
beyond all the performance headroom, of having the
engine in the middle, because it’s putting more
mass on the rear tires, giving them more traction to
brake, accelerate, and handle, but you also move the passenger
compartment quite a bit forward in the cabin. And that means you can
put the hood down lower, because there’s no
longer an engine there. You can make the
windshield bigger. That gives you a
better sight line. And because there’s no
longer an engine blocking it, you can have a shorter
and more direct steering system, which makes the
whole thing feel more direct. It also helps when you’re
closer to the front wheels, too. It makes the process
feel a little bit better. Let’s find a way to
hop inside and talk about what’s going on in there. The interior’s a
pretty dramatic change, like the rest of
the car, I guess. Two seats, of course. Squared-off steering
wheel, which looks interesting, but
in my experience, cars that use this design work
pretty well because you have four unique points
of contact that help in doing hand-over-hand
steering around tight corners, or when you’re in a power
slide, as I like to do, it helps you locate where
the center of the wheel is really quickly. Big digital gauge cluster
behind that, infotainment display here, all
very driver-oriented how it wraps around you,
especially this little trim piece of HVAC controls. Very interesting decision. It’s going to be a while
before we actually figure out if we like it or
not, but I will say, I like having physical buttons
rather than digital ones buried in the menu. One of things we
haven’t talked about is something that’s
really impressive, and that’s a button
hidden up here that lifts the front
end of the car when you’re approaching like a
speed bump or your driveway. And the cool thing is when
you do that, you can actually have the GSP system
remember where that was, so when you get home, you don’t
have to always hit that button. Or if there’s always a speed
bump or a pothole on your drive home, the car will just
learn that as you use it. And that’s a really cool
thing to have in a sports car. There’s nothing more
embarrassing than scraping the nose on your sports car
as you leave your driveway in the morning. Very, very embarrassing. There’s a lot here that we’re
going to learn, and experience, and talk about. But for the time being, this
Corvette looks really cool, and we can’t wait to drive it.

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