The first production Corvette with a mid-mounted engine, the 2020 Corvette Stingray is also the first that will be factory-built in right-hand drive.
The engine position may be new, but the engine itself is a familiar V8, mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The LT2-spec 6.2-litre V8 produces a claimed 495hp and 470lb/ft (369kW and 633Nm), making it the most powerful production Corvette Stingray engine ever.
A 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds, quarter mile time of 11.2 seconds and top speed of 312km/h are all achieved in standard trim. Capability and performance is enhanced with option packs, like the Z51 Performance Package, which adds a performance exhaust system, upgraded cooling system, performance suspension, an electronic LSD, larger brakes and high-performance tyres, as well as specific aerodynamic body panels.
Inside, the dash layout is inspired by fighter jets, with a race-inspired steering wheel and easy-to-reach controls greeting the driver, with more practical additions including lockable centre console storage with dual USB ports.
For a two-seat, mid-engined sports car, there’s also an impressive amount of storage space, with a rear luggage well large enough to take a set of golf clubs and front storage that can hold overnight bags.
US-market examples of the MY20 Corvette will have reached dealerships by the time you read this, with Australian release expected in early 2021. US pricing starts at US$59,995 and rises to US$71,945 before things like premium paint and the various option packages are added. Australian pricing is unconfirmed, but is expected to start in excess of $100,000