- The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette marks the biggest change in Corvette history.
- The new C8 generation has a midengine layout, where every production Corvette before it has been front-engined.
- The Corvette is still powered by a V8 engine and is still a tremendous sports car value.
The midengine Chevrolet Corvette has been the Loch Ness monster of the automotive world for decades. Rumors have come and gone over the years about the iconic sports car moving its engine from in front of to behind the driver to optimize the car’s weight distribution and make it more competitive with more expensive exotic sports cars. Well, the rumors have finally come to fruition in the C8 generation of the Corvette, which begins in the 2020 model year as the first midengine production Corvette.
Let’s take a closer look at the similarities and differences between the 2019 and 2020 models of the Chevrolet Corvette.
Because the engine has moved, it makes a pretty big impact on the way the car looks. The 2019 C7 model has more of a traditional sports car shape, with a long hood and a short rear deck. The 2020 C8 model is a bit stubbier in the front and more bulbous in the back because of the new placement of the engine. See the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette models for sale near you
Each generation serves up styling that is distinctly Corvette, with a tasteful mixture of sharp lines and flowing curves. Each generation is available as a coupe or a convertible, but the new 2020 model has a retractable hardtop, rather than the more old-school soft top of the 2019 convertible. See the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette models for sale near you
Like every other Corvette, the 2019 and 2020 models are 2-seaters. They have interiors that are very driver-oriented and more premium than you might expect at their relatively affordable price points. Granted, some of the Corvette’s competitors have nicer interiors, but some are also double the price.
The new 2020 Corvette has an interesting interior design, with a wall-like center console between the seats that actually isn’t as intrusive as it would seem. The console has a row of buttons that’s easy to control. The C8’s square-shaped steering wheel takes a little getting used to, but it provides a great view of the car’s gauge cluster. We’re also very impressed with the quality of the leather in the interior of the 2020 Corvette.
The C7’s interior isn’t bad, but the C8’s interior is better in every way, and it’s easily the best Corvette interior ever.
This might come as a surprise, but, as of this writing, there’s only one engine available in the 2020 Corvette. There’s no doubt in our minds that crazier, higher-performance versions are in the works, but for now, we’re making do with the regular Stingray version of the new Corvette. The 2019 model is a different story, with much more variety available in its engines.
It’s worth pointing out that the 2020 Corvette is the first Corvette that’s not available with a manual transmission. The C8 is automatic-only not only because the transmission engineering has become so advanced, but because of a low take-rate for manuals in the previous generation.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Engines
- LT1 6.2-liter V8; 460 horsepower, 465 lb-ft of torque; 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy
- LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V8; 650 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque; 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy
- LT5 supercharged 6.2-liter V8; 755 hp, 715 lb-ft of torque; 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Engine
- LT2 6.2-liter V8; up to 495 hp, 470 lb-ft of torque
Unfortunately, there’s no official fuel economy rating for the 2020 Corvette as of this writing. If you want a really high-powered Corvette and don’t want to wait around for a new Z06 or ZR1 version of the C8, then we can promise you won’t get bored with a Z06 or ZR1 version of the 2019 model. However, if you’re planning on spending more time on the road than the track, then the base Stingray model with the base engine will make the most sense for most Corvette shoppers.
The 2019 Corvette comes with the MyLink infotainment system, and the 2020 model has the newer Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. Each has a nice-looking 8-in screen and features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. One stand-out feature of the new Corvette is the customizable 12-in instrument display, which replaces the analog gauges of the 2019 model. This is not only handy for seeing the information you want to see, but it makes the car feel more modern behind the wheel.
The new Corvette also features a drive mode selector that can change the character of the car pretty significantly. It can go from a comfortable highway cruiser to an aggressive track car at the turn of a dial. You can calibrate up to 12 performance variables, so you can dial in exactly how you want your Corvette to drive.
The Corvette has always been a value proposition in high-end sports cars, and that hasn’t changed for 2020. The 2019 Corvette has a starting MSRP of $55,900, and the 2020 model starts at $58,900. They’re fantastic values, but that the midengine Corvette still starts at less than $60,000 is almost as much of a shocker as the fact that it’s midengine. There’s simply no better value in midengine sports cars than the C8 Corvette.
When you add options, the 2020 Corvette goes into the mid-$60,000 range. The 2019 model can go higher than $125,000 with the ferocious ZR1 model.
There’s no denying that the 2019 and 2020 Corvettes are both fantastic sports cars, but the all-new C8 generation makes a good thing even better. We’re impressed with the execution of the midengine Corvette, and it’s delivered on its promises as a serious supercar that you can drive every day and buy at a price that’s nowhere near its direct competitors. Find a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette for sale or Find a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette for sale