Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Chevy Unveiled its New Mid-engine Corvette Thursday in California

Chevy Unveiled its New Mid-engine Corvette Thursday in California

It is powered by the latest evolution of the traditional V8 engine, but it has been moved from beneath the bonnet to behind the driver in a set-up more akin to an exotic supercar than an American muscle auto.

The Corvette is going global. Prices of other versions weren't announced but the current vehicle can run well over $100,000 with options, still thousands cheaper most than European competitors.

The first ever mid-engined Corvette is here and it is also the fastest and the most powerful entry-level Corvette ever.

While the exact price hasn't been disclosed yet, Reuss said the Stingray model will start at around $60,000 in the U.S. You can reserve a model via Chevrolet's new online reservation program.

Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said GM had reached the limits of what could be done with the front engine, but that the new mid-engine design allowed a "quantum leap forward in driving dynamics". He drove three hours to the unveiling in his dad's 2017 Grand Sport - with his mom in the passenger seat.

The unveiling of the 2020 Corvette Stingray marks a bold, new chapter, with the iconic sports auto moving from a front-engine design for the first time in its long, storied history.

A few key Corvette elements remain.

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Is this little red Corvette the ultimate mainstream sports vehicle?

GM has teased the launch for months.

Even Elvis drove the Corvette Stingray Racer in the 1967 film "Clambake". The performance-enhancing optional Z51 package includes larger brake rotors, upgraded cooling, its own final drive ratio, front brake cooling and a performance exhaust. One enthusiast set to attend, John Elegant, 72, said he has been waiting since his teenage years for a mid-engine Corvette. Following GM's much publicised exit out of South Africa two years ago, though, the C8 will, sadly, remain forbidden fruit for local buyers.

"My wife turned to me and said, 'You waited 35 years, go get your Corvette'".

"It is now the best of America, a new arrival in the mid-engine sports auto class".

"There are other brands that make really good muscle cars, like Mustang, but a Mustang is not a sports vehicle".

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