TUSTIN, Calif. – The eighth generation of America's best-known and best-known performance car driving this Thursday night. The Corvette 2020 is finally a mid-engine two-seater, as its architects have dreamed it for over half a century. It features a strong dose of technology ranging from live updates to a 12-inch standard digital dashboard (LCD), to a larger head-up display and to a GPS database that raises the car at the low slope at approach a bump in the road or a steep driveway.
The cheapest Corvette 2020 will cost "less than $ 60,000" when it is delivered in early 2020, according to GM President Mark Reuss, one of the speakers. This represents a 6% increase over the cheapest Corvette 2019.
Corvette's 66 years of history include a long divergence of opinions between GM's sports engineers, particularly Zora Arkus-Duntov, and the cost-conscious financial staff. Duntov suggests better bases to make Corvettes start as good as they seemed. Fast forward half a century and the C8 – Corvette, generation 8 – finally has one of the distinctive features of high-end sports cars, the mid-engine configuration. Some say that GM had only bad experiences with its first mid-engined production cars, especially the 1960s Corvair, which was a) rear-engined, b) uncomfortable with the engine location, but by the low-cost rear suspension that caught the attention of a young Ralph (Nader "Unsafe at full speed") even though c) the VW Beetle had the same design "swivel axle" "and that did not stop Nader's curiosity.
Things you will read elsewhere on the C8 Corvette will often focus on mechanical differences, especially the move to the classic small block V8 Chevrolet with the same passage spacing (distance between the cylinders) as the first Corvettes, from the Forward towards the back. l & # 39; interior. The only gearbox choice is a Tremec eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a low speed for acceleration of smoking (our words, not Chevrolet), close-up gears 2-3-4- 5-6 to keep the car in the ideal position of the power strip and long 7-8 gears, meaning ratios that allow the engine to run at speeds below 2,000 rpm on the road, for savings fuel. Without transmission shaft, the old transmission tunnel is now a high-strength aluminum part with a carbon fiber finish panel (aero-smoothing). In addition, to save space, the gear lever gives way to gears: a Park-Reverse-Drive selector and shift paddles.
Magnetic dampers are an option. They adapt instantly to the changing conditions of the road; the same shock absorbers can be rigid for sporty driving, flexible for daily driving, especially with a spouse on board who loves Corvettes limo.
For 2020, each Corvette has a 12-inch LCD. It is associated with an 8-inch LCD central stack. So that the dashboard is not cluttered, the LCD only has a knob and a Home button; everything else is tactile or vocal. A head-up display is optional. The sound comes from Bose: 10 standard speakers on the input models, 14 speakers including woofers in the door panels.
A MyMode feature allows the driver to navigate between preferred driving style configurations. A single "Z mode" (named after the Z06, ZR1 and Z51 performance sets) is activated by a direction button on the wheel, it allows the driver to access the My Mode feature, adds Engine and transmission changes, and saves them in the Use Roads and Tracks button.
Corvette adopts GM's new "Digital Vehicle Platform" for next-generation technologies. It minimizes cabling, allows faster data transmission, and allows better resolution displays. The other features are Chevy's first one-touch Bluetooth coupling via the near-field communication patch, Qi wireless charging.
The Corvette Performance Data Logger has been upgraded. It is an integrated action / safety camera, which records lap times or lap times, and even knows where you are on a racetrack for automatic calculation of lap information. Do not trust valet parking? You can set it to record when the contact is set to valet mode.
The Corvette was launched in 1953, a decade before Porsche was marketed with the Porsche 911. Its best was in the 1970s, paradoxically at the time of the first oil embargoes in the Middle East. During this decade, production fluctuated between 42,000 in 2016 and just under 10,000 last year. Sales and production figures were also followed by aging models that worked between 5 and 10 years:
First generation (C1, 1953-1962)
Second generation (C2, 1963-1967)
Third generation (C3, 1968-1982)
Fourth generation (C4, 1984-1996)
Fifth generation (C5, 1997-2004)
Sixth generation (C6, 2005-2013)
Seventh generation (C7, 2014-2019)
Eighth generation (C8, 2020-)
In comparison, the Porsche 911, often considered the most iconic sports car, produces about 1.1 million units. (No Ferrari reaches nearly one million people.) Porsche sales are spread around the world, where Corvette salts are concentrated in North America. Porsche sold 35,000 911 last year worldwide. But where the car was 911, it was Porsche cars, it is more than a fraction of the 256,000 global sales made by the latter, outsourced by the Macaan compact SUV (86,000), the Cayenne SUV ( 71,000), or even the Panamera sedan (38,000). ). The 911 was launched in 1963, when Corvette had a head start of 70,000 units. The most important market of Porsche is China, followed by the United States and Germany.
More than a dozen songs were written on the car, including "Little Red Corvette", although the lyrics meant something else, "Riding with Private Malone", "Dead Man's Curve", " Shut Down "," The Best Day "," "Corvette Dreams", "The One I loved at the time" and "Corvette Crusin. "
The Corvette has been the pace car of Indianapolis 500 on 16 occasions (17 when the C8 defies the 2020 race). He has featured 20 times on the list of cars and drivers 10Best Cars (Honda Accord has been lit 33 times, BMW series 3 23 times). It was the motor car of the year in 1984 and 1998.
Chevrolet has produced 1.7 million Corvettes over seven generations since 1953. Production exceeded 50,000 in 1979 and 1984. This decade, production averaged 23,000 units per year. Note: The lowest figures, such as 1983, are when most 1983 sales were attributed to 1984.
The car will go into production later this year in its only production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. First sales are expected in early 2020. You will probably find few cars under $ 60,000 in the first few lots. Buyers will find profit margins because that is what the market will support. While 100 Corvette owners have staged their own polished cars on the outside of the launch site, there will be no grumpy owners who can not imagine the idea of a car. a Corvette with a centrally mounted engine, as if better weight distribution and handling was a bad thing. Their fathers have probably protested against the fuel injection.
The basic Corvette 2020 will call Stingray and will feature a 6.2-liter V8 (LT2) engine developing 495 hp (369 kW) and a 47-pound torque. The tires are 18 inches at the front and 19 inches at the rear, with front tires of the 35 series and rear tires of the 30 series. One of the options will be the first performance tire all seasons ranked Corvette.
Chevrolet will release more comprehensive prices in the fall. Be prepared for dealer price adjustments (surcharges) if the Corvette is in high demand. In the past, premiums on popular high-end sports cars reached more than $ 10,000 in their first few months on the market.
With all the other American journalists, we are eager to test the Corvette C8. Version 8 seems to be a leap forward.