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    Another award for the C8!

    Originally posted by freep
    Free Press Car of the Year: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette delivers on decades of promises

    After countless false starts, the mid-engined ‘Vette arrived as a 2020 model. If possible, it’s better than those who dreamt of it could have expected.

    Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press3:00 a.m. PST Dec. 29, 2019Generations of car lovers — not to mention GM engineers and executives — came and went waiting for Chevrolet to take the plunge and convert America’s greatest sports car to the mid-engine layout used by the world’s legends.

    If it was good enough for Ferrari, Porsche, the Audi NSX and Audi R8, why not the Corvette? Legend has it that proposals for a mid-engined Corvette date back to Zora Arkus-Duntov, the car’s hallowed first chief engineer.

    After countless false starts, the mid-engined 'Vette arrived as a 2020 model. If possible, it’s better than those who dreamed of it could have expected. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
    • Base price: $58,900
    • Engine: 495-horsepower 6.2L V8
    • Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic

    The eighth-generation Corvette C8 looks like no 'Vette before — it has to, since there’s no need for a long hood over a V8 — but remains recognizably a 'Vette, thanks to familiar lights and fenders.

    Putting the engine directly over the rear wheels makes gravity the 'Vette’s friend: The engine’s weight holds the rear wheels down, transferring more power to the road without spinning the wheels. The result? Zero-60 mph times under 3 seconds for a base model with the Z51 performance package.

    It may be jarring to consider a car that starts at $58,900 a bargain, but compared with sports cars of similar performance, technology and style, the 2020 Corvette is a steal.

    Redistributing mass — nearly 60% of the vehicle’s weight over the rear wheels — also pays off in sharp, responsive steering and confident handling.

    In a car full of surprises, the biggest may be the 2020 Corvette’s comfortable, quiet ride. Adaptive magnetic control shocks and active noise cancellation make the 'Vette a road-trip-ready super car. Route 66, here I come.

    The Chevrolet Corvette also gets my vote for 2020 North American Car of the Year.
    A thought if I might ...

  • #2
    Thanks Ssscooter66 for your find and post. Nice to see the C8 win another one.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 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. Separately getting from my dealer RCC Edge Red engine cover, 5JR vis CF mirror caps, and VJR illuminated sill plates.

    Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20+ year members of National Corvette Museum.

    Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


    • #3
      Nice post Scooter. Thanks.


      • #4
        Thanks for that. Another in a growing list of well deserved accolades for a car that will soon be in our garages.


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          Upcoming Vette:
          '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status on December 27, 2019, 3000 Status on January 2, 2020, TPW of March 16, 2020

          Current Vettes:
          '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
          '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
          '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust


          • #6
            LOL, I'm surprised he hasn't taken credit for designing the C8!
            Murray - Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada
            Torch red coupe, Adrenaline red 2LT Q8Q E60 NPP


            • #7
              What?....I thought he did design it. He knows more about 'Vettes than anyone.