The C8 generation of the Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most dramatic changes to the ‘Vette since its inception. For starters, it’s the first to sport a mid-engine design and not a front-engine layout.
Despite this, it doesn’t mean that the C8 isn’t an excellent choice for anyone looking to get behind the wheel of a high-performance sports car. HotCars digital artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel created this render showing what the C8 Corvette might look like if it stayed front-engined, rather than mid-engined.
Powered by a mid-mounted 6.2L LT2 V-8, the Stingray offers 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet claims it accelerates from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, making it the quickest Corvette to date.
The C8 Stingray is available in coupe or convertible body styles. The coupe features removable roof panels, available in carbon fiber or transparent, while the convertible has a power-folding hardtop.
With a mid-mounted engine, the Stingray has the potential to be a versatile performer. It is comfortable and civilized when you want it to be, then turns into a snarling sports car when the need arises.
Despite the Stingray’s wide width, it is not a problem for most drivers. It is a joy to drive and will quickly become your favorite ride.
The Z06 model is the most performance-oriented iteration of the C8 Corvette. This means it comes with a range of features that help it reach higher speeds than its Stingray sibling, as well as plenty of options to personalize it.
The engine powering the Z06 is a 5.5-liter small-block V8 that’s the first to use a flat-plane crankshaft, a design that reduces weight while improving airflow. This also creates a distinctive exhaust note that’s unlike anything you’ll find in a traditional Detroit V8.
Even when paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, this engine is more than capable of blasting the C8 Z06 from 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. Chevy claims it’s the fastest naturally aspirated RWD vehicle you can buy.
This car is track-bred, which means it’s a real-life racing machine that needs to be driven on the racetrack in order to be appreciated. That’s why it’s available with a range of aerodynamic enhancements, larger Brembo brakes and a wider set of gripper tires to keep you out of trouble on the track.
The E-Ray model is the quickest Corvette and one of the most affordable models in the C8 range. That’s thanks to the small-block V8 and electric motor powertrain that make 655 horsepower.
It also is the first Corvette to feature a feature called auto start-stop. The switch will shut off the engine when idling to save fuel.
Chevrolet says the Corvette Eray system also uses regenerative braking and coasting to recharge the batteries. The result is that the E-Ray doesn’t need to be plugged into a wall, unlike most hybrids.
The E-Ray’s intelligent eAWD system constantly reads the road and makes changes based on traction, such as applying more power to the front wheels. It works in conjunction with Magnetic Ride Control and all-season tires, making the car suitable for a variety of driving situations.
C8 Corvette Options
Choosing which Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray options you’ll want to add to your new car is important. You’ll find that there are several different trim levels to choose from, each offering a different level of luxury, convenience and performance.
Fortunately, you can narrow down the choices by focusing on what’s most important to you. For example, if you’re looking for a more sporty driving experience, you may want to go with the 2LT or 3LT trims, both of which feature upgraded leather upholstery and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
If you’re a true enthusiast, then you may also want to consider adding some of the more advanced safety features. These can help you avoid accidents and reduce your risk of injury during your drive. Also, other than some minor tweaks with the C8 Z06 vs the Stingray the Corvette C8 interior isn’t that much different other than the new Eray model that will have more data on the electrified system.
One of the best things you can do is add more carbon fiber to your C8 Corvette interior to stand out and give it more of a supercar feel.