When the Chevrolet Corvette made its debut more than 60 years ago, engineering consultant Zora Arkus-Duntov, considered the “father of the Corvette,” designed multiple theoretical ways the Corvette could make use of a mid-engine construction. That construction never came to be — until now. The first mid-engine Corvette was just revealed for the 2020 model year.
Arkus-Duntov unfortunately didn’t get to see his original vision for the Corvette become a reality, but enthusiasts everywhere are hotly anticipating the sale of the “C8,” the colloquial name for the eighth-generation sports car.
Chevrolet made the reveal on July 18th, showing off the iconic Stingray model. The mid-engine design offers better weight distribution, as well as a more responsive ride. With the driver’s seat moved further forward, the driver gains more control due to being nearly on top of the front wheels and close to the front axle.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in particular will also be the fastest-accelerating Corvette, going from 0-60 mph in as little as 3 seconds when equipped with the Z51 Performance Package.
Not only will the first mid-engine Corvette be track-ready, but it’s also designed for even more utility. Its dual trunks offer up to 12.6 cubic feet of storage space, and the low hood offer drivers and passengers more visibility.
K&J Chevrolet is excited for the mid-engine Corvette to finally become a reality.