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  • Favorable Italian Write-up on 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray

    Thought you all might be interested to read what at least one reviewer / publication from the home country of Lamborghini and Ferrari (and other exotic mid-engine marques) feels about the reveal of the mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray!

    https://www.motorage.it/2019/07/corv...re-posteriore/

    Google Translated:

    Corvette Stingray 2020: the revolution of the rear engine

    BY FABRIZIO ROMANO · JULY 2019 Now the new Corvette Stingray (C8) could become the black beast for the renowned supercars, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, McLaren. For the first time with the rear mid-engine, the "Vette" acquires a new structure and a design inspired by the sky fighters. For a price that promises to be very competitive.



    From today, the niche for two-seater sports cars is no longer the same. It was way back in 1953 when Corvette roots began to climb . At the time in Europe the GTs were the absolute dominators of the niche. See Alfa Romeo 1900 Aston Martin DB2, Fiat 8V, Ferrari 250, Lancia Aurelia B20, Jaguar XK 120, Maserati A6 G and Porsche 356. In America , in the development of a real sports power, she tended to admire the skill of '"On this side" of the Atlantic.

    A new sports car (not even qualifying as a GT because she herself had no ambition to qualify like this) entered the list. The new Chevrolet Corvette, animated by an "interesting" but not very volatile 6-cylinder 4.6. Engine used to reinvigorate the mechanics in some local "garetta", which however became an expression of American sportiness.

    "American" performance

    No goal to win the clash with the "furious" sportsmen of the Old Continent (other pasta, other emotions, other roads). Yet the Corvette, at least Beyond the Atlantic, has prospered and become a myth. At least in those latitudes: speed limits of a completely different kind, asphalt of a completely different kind (we remember a grinning Frank Ponciarello of the Chips having fun with his Camaro over Los Angeles in an afternoon of freedom. But he certainly didn't have the attitude of a Catherine Tramell who, with her Lotus Esprit, runs away having fun with Detective Nick Curran in Basic Instinct).

    For sixty six years the Corvette had the front engine. It has grown to become an eight-cylinder, has grown stronger but the soup has never changed. On the C6 of a decade ago came the Z06 with a powerful seven-liter naturally aspirated. In fact, the Corvette has never had serious intentions to manifest a "Europeanist" logic. Powerful, fast ... but all in all always comfortable, "paciosa", pacioccona. Until today.

    The engine in the middle: behind!

    With the Corvette C8, or Corvette Stingray, everything changes. General Motors introduces the new 6.2-liter V8 LT2 8-cylinder . It is placed in a central rear position , a revolution for lovers of the "Vette". The engine in that new layout allowed a new weight distribution and to reach a new balance.

    It delivers 495 horsepower , 640 Nm of torque and made it possible to bring the rider closer to the front, much closer to the wheels. In short, at the wheel these have a new vision of asphalt, with the nose now closer to the ground.

    Parallelepiped design

    Moreover, the shape of the bodywork has changed. It maintains a slightly geometric style but now this part with a minimalist shape on the front and, gradually, it widens towards the rear until it ends in a wide and powerful tail. To enhance the tones, the large air intakes for the engine and four generous exhausts in the tail.

    The volumes have an aeronautical appearance, deliberately inspired by the F22, F35 and other war jets.

    The new engine layout involved redesigning the frame with greater focus on the central tunnel area and torsional rigidity. Like the previous generation, the Corvette C8 also has a removable roof. Moreover, for the first time in its history, it is also available with a right-hand drive for the Anglo-Saxon markets.

    The aluminum frame has a trunk in front and behind. The structure also has carbon fiber rear bumpers.

    Performance and price

    Rear-wheel drive is combined with limited slip differential and dual clutch transmission. For now, the declared performances want to focus on the powerful shot from 0 to 100 km / h : only 2.8 seconds.

    The manufacturer announces that the price on the American list will be less than 60,000 dollars.

    The Z51 Performance Package set-up is available on request, which includes a more sporty set-up, modified gear ratios, improved brakes and small aesthetic adjustments.

    MotorAge.it - ​​Stefano Regina
    Last edited by Manta Ray; 07-23-2019, 01:59 PM. Reason: Cleaned up formatting
    1999 Coupe - Black
    2002 Coupe - Millennium Yellow
    2008 Jaguar XKR - Liquid Silver

  • #2
    Very good read!
    Black over Sky Cool Gray.....2LT.....Z51.....FE4.....E60.....

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    • #3
      I especially like this translated quote:

      Moreover, the shape of the bodywork has changed. It maintains a slightly geometric style but now this part with a minimalist shape on the front and, gradually, it widens towards the rear until it ends in a wide and powerful tail. To enhance the tones, the large air intakes for the engine and four generous exhausts in the tail.
      1999 Coupe - Black
      2002 Coupe - Millennium Yellow
      2008 Jaguar XKR - Liquid Silver

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      • #4
        Thank you MantaRay. Great find!
        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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        • #5
          Thank You Manta Ray. Great article. I can imagine reading this article that Porsche is not the only manufacture that may be hurt by this car. Jaguar and others will be as well.

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          • #6
            0 to 100 km / h : only 2.8 seconds.
            Well, not quite. 100 km/h = 62 mph, so that would take a bit longer than 2.8. But who's picking nits?
            Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

            Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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            • #7
              Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
              Well, not quite. 100 km/h = 62 mph, so that would take a bit longer than 2.8. But who's picking nits?
              Things are always lighter, more powerful and faster when in Italy
              2020 C8 Corvette.D.O.B 2/03/2020
              Shadow Grey Metallic on Black
              2LT, Z51 + MRC. GT1 seats.
              Spectra Grey Tridents.
              Carbon flash mirrors and spoiler.

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