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  • Bench Racing A C8

    Very interesting AutoWeek C8 article.

    Originally posted by AutoWeek
    BENCH RACING WITH THE 2020 CHEVROLET C8 CORVETTE

    Where will the midengine Corvette C8 fall in the pantheon of current supercars?


    JAKE LINGEMAN ​​​​​​

    The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will launch on July 18.

    July 18, 2019. That’s when 66 years of Chevrolet speed, engineering and know-how will coalesce at the reveal of the 2020 C8 Chevy Corvette. All we really have now is a bunch of rumors: There will be a few versions, including a hybrid that could top 1,000 hp and a few others at lower power outputs. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission will send power to the rear wheels, but boy, if Chevy dropped an all-wheel-drive powertrain on us ... anyway. Magnetic Ride will still available, the tires might be a little fatter and we’re guessing it’ll stick with a fiberglass body. Those are the deets so far, but that won’t stop us from speculating wildly.

    We stacked what we know about the new C8 Corvette up against some of the best in the world. We did leave off the million-dollar cars, but we think this list will be at least close to what 'Vette buyers might cross-shop with. We’ll also go on record now; the new Corvette will still be a hell of deal.


    Here is the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 power-to-weight chart, with our best guesses on the output of the new midengine supercar.

    So, in the weight-to-power ratio rankings -- makes more sense than power-to-weight -- the new C8 Corvette hybrid (and we’re estimating 1,000 hp, which is definitely possible) will beat even the Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 720S. If we bumped it down to 900 hp, and our curb weight guess is close it’s still at 4.22, which still beats the Ferrari’s 4.3 and McLaren’s 4.4.

    The new base C8 Corvette, which we’re rounding to 500 hp and 3,400 pounds, lands right around the new Aston Martin DB11 and Acura NSX; not bad company to be in. The middle C8, which we’re guesstimating has 800 hp and will weigh 3,600 pounds, would beat everything in weight-to-power besides the Ferrari and McLaren. As you can see the current, front-engine base Corvette is at the back end of the chart at 7.25. But when we add price into the formula, it’s still the cheapest speed you can get.


    The Lamborghini and Ferrari are some of the most expensive Italian horses you can buy.

    Moving to price per horsepower: The current-generation Corvette Z06 is top dog, charging only $124 and change per pony. The middle-powered C8 comes next and it looks like a killer deal if our predictions are correct. Those horses will only cost you $125. Actually, when looking at dollars-to-hp, the three upcoming and three current Corvettes take the top (bottom) six spots on the list. That just proves what I’ve been saying for the last 10 or 20 years, which is, at any price point the Chevy Corvette is bargain of the century.

    Midengine or not, it’ll still be that way after July 18. And we’ll be all over this reveal on the day of, and leading up to it, so keep checking back in.
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    The holy grail for Chevrolet is to be able to reduce the weight of the chassis and body, hopefully over all to under 3000 lbs. Then all of the weight to HP ratios, fuel economy and performance results will easily outshine most of the more expensive competition! They have managed to balance this in the C6 and C7's, I see the C8 as a golden opportunity to reset the playing field. I think they have pushed the weight up by several hundred pounds in the past several years along with the HP, a little trimming is due, and Chevrolet has the technology to do it!
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    • #3
      Most Corvette buyers won’t care how much it weighs. For me, the C8R performance is important. Adds to the “pride of ownership”. Seeing the Corvette go out and whoop up on the competition on the weekend is entertaining. I am sure the performance will be there, one way or another. Best bang for the buck as usual.
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      • #4
        Nice $$$ per horsepower chart

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jsmatt View Post
          The holy grail for Chevrolet is to be able to reduce the weight of the chassis and body, hopefully over all to under 3000 lbs. Then all of the weight to HP ratios, fuel economy and performance results will easily outshine most of the more expensive competition! They have managed to balance this in the C6 and C7's, I see the C8 as a golden opportunity to reset the playing field. I think they have pushed the weight up by several hundred pounds in the past several years along with the HP, a little trimming is due, and Chevrolet has the technology to do it!
          I agree. If the weight is down, then great. Great for acceleration. Great for braking. Great for turning. Great for economy. Wear and tear too. Great for all categories of performance. Great for owners .

          A problem with the FE car was that increased power required weight increase. McLaren has shown that the ME can up power and hold or drop the weight. Ferrari too. So that is key. Increase power and hold or drop weight.
          Last edited by SheepDog; 05-16-2019, 02:35 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SheepDog View Post

            I agree. If the weight is down, then great. Great for acceleration. Great for braking. Great for turning. Great for economy. Wear and tear too. Great for all categories of performance. Great for owners .
            Agreed! C8R dominating on the racetrack, maybe even better for sales.....
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