Chevrolet has taken the wraps off a its first ever production Corvette with a mid-mounted engine.

Equipped with Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray will do the dash from 0-100km/h in less than 3.0 seconds.

Former Holden boss and now President of General Motors, Mark Reuss, explained the traditional front-engine layout had reached the limit of its performance potential, necessitating the change.

“In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but drives better than any vehicle in Corvette history,” he said.

“Customers are going to be thrilled with our focus on details and performance across the board.”

Power comes from Chevy’s next-generation 6.2-litre Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment.

It produces 369kW and 637Nm of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most power and torque for any entry Corvette.

The next generation LT2 is paired with Chevrolet’s first 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, which provides lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfer.

Driver modes have been expanded from four to six, allowing drivers to tweak the feel to their personal preference.

The familiar Weather, Tour, Sport and Track modes remain, and there are two new modes:

  • MyMode, a configurable setting for preferred driving style that can remain between key cycles.
  • Z mode, named after the famed Z06, ZR1 and Z51 Corvette performance packages, is activated through a “Z” button on the steering wheel. This is a single-use mode that takes MyMode configurations one step further, allowing drivers to adjust the engine and transmission as well.

Chevrolet says the new mid-engine layout provides several advantages:

  • Better weight distribution, with the rear weight bias enhancing performance in a straight line and on the track.
  • Better responsiveness and sense of control due to driver positioning closer to the front axle, almost on top of the front wheels.
  • The fastest 0-100 time of any entry Corvette ever — under three seconds when equipped with Z51 Performance Package.
  • A race car-like view of the road due to lower positioning of the hood, instrument panel and steering wheel. Excellent forward sightlines throughout the vehicle for both driver and passenger.
  • An enhancement of Corvette’s traditional utility strengths, with dual trunks for a total of 357 litres of cargo volume, ideal for luggage or two sets of golf clubs

True to its aeronautical and racing roots, Stingray’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets and Formula One racing.

The look is a bold and futuristic, with mid-engine exotic proportions — but still unmistakably Corvette.

Vice president of Global Design and another Holden expat Aussie Mike Simcoe said the redesign had presented the team a historic opportunity, something Chevrolet designers have desired for over 60 years.

“It is now the best of America, a new arrival in the mid-engine sports car class,” he said.

“We know Corvette can stand tall with the best the world has to offer.”

A supercar level of craftsmanship, premium materials and attention to detail were critical in designing every component of the Stingray.

The new location of the engine is the focal point and sits like a jewel in a showcase, visible through the large rear hatch window.

The added attention to detail optimised the appearance of every wire, tube, bolt and fastener, similar to those found in modern track and all-road motorcycle design.

The Z51 Performance Package introduces a host of new technology:

•   Performance suspension with manually adjustable threaded spring seats
•   Larger brake rotors with Z51 logo on calipers
•   Enhanced cooling
•   Specific axle ratio
•   Front brake cooling inlets
•   Performance exhaust

Corvette has always represented iconic American design, performance, technical ingenuity and attainability.

The entry 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise value proposition, as it will start under $US60,000.

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2020 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY PRELIMARY SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

Type: LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)
Bore & stroke
(in / mm):
4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block Material: A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps
Oiling System: Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling
Oil Type: Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic
Cylinder Head Material: 319-T7 cast aluminum
Combustion Chamber volume: 59cc
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.
Valve Size (in / mm): 2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)
Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)
Firing Order: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)
Throttle body: 87mm single bore (electronic)
ECU: GM E99 (32-bit processing)
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
SAE-certified to 495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm (with performance exhaust)
Torque
(lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm):
SAE-certified to 470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm (with performance exhaust)

 

TRANSMISSION & AXLE

Type: M1L 8-speed dual clutch (DCT)

 

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; monotube shock absorbers (46mm /); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available on Z51. Adjustable front lift with memory is available
Rear Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; direct-acting stabilizer bar; monotube shock absorbers (46mm); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available with Z51
Steering Type: Bosch/ZF variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist; includes Active Steer Stops with available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0
Steering ratio: 15.7:1
Turning Circle
(ft. / m):
11.6 m (std.)
11.1 m (with FE4 Magnetic Ride Control)
Brake Type: Front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston/two-piece front calipers and four-piston/monobloc rear calipers
With Z51 – Front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc caliper at front and rear
Brake Rotor Size
(in / mm):
Front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30)
Front: 13.3 x 1.18 (345 x 30) – with Z51
Rear: 13.6 x 1.02 (339 x 26)
Rear: 13.8 x 1.06 (350 x 27) – with Z51
Wheel Size: Front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)
Rear: 20-inch x 11-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)
Tire Type and Size: Stingray: Michelin Pilot Sport ALS
Stingray with Z51: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Front: 245/35ZR19
Rear: 305/30ZR20

 

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase
(in. / mm):
107.2 / 2722
Overall Length
(in. / mm):
182.3/ 4630
Overall Width
(in. / mm):
76.1 / 1934
Overall Height
(in. / mm):
48.6 / 1234
Track (in. mm): (front) 64.9 / 1648
(rear) 62.4 / 1586

 

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Headroom (in. / mm): 37.9 / 962
Legroom (in. / mm): 42.8 / 1086
Shoulder Room
(in. / mm):
54.4 / 1381
Hip Room (in. / mm): 52.0 / 1321

 

WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES

Dry Weight
(lb. / kg):
3366 / 1530
Cargo Volume
(cu. ft. / L)^:
12.6 / 356.8

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.