2020 Corvette C8 vs C7: Let’s See How They Compare

From now on, the Chevrolet Corvette will no longer be known as a simple sports car, something that was once a rival to the Dodge Viper and even an alternative to mainstream muscle cars in its base form(s).

Now begins the age of the mid-engine Vette, a machine capable of giving an Acura NSX a run for its money as far as 0-60 times, and will do so even in base spec. But is it a completely superior car to its predecessor, the C7? Let’s try and figure that out.

Who’s got the looks?

Both models feature an aggressively-styled front end, with similar design elements. However, everything is sharper and more tucked in on the newer model, which was to be expected seen as how the engine is no longer at the front – so the long hood could be ditched in favor of a smaller one, giving the C8 Vette a more exotic, supercar-worthy nose.

Move away from the front and the two models only become more and more different. The C8 boasts a rakish windscreen, sculpted side skirts that channel air into those massive scoops at the rear, muscular rear fenders (even a little more so than before), and a double bubble roof.

However, Corvette designers also made sure that the C7 and C8 retained a few basic common styling cues and details (albeit in an evolutionary form), such as the lights on both ends, to keep a sense of continuity and familiarity.

Who’s got the grunt?

This is a simple one, really. The new C8 was launched in base Stingray spec, rocking a mid-mounted 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine, good for 490 HP (497 PS) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque. You can also go for the optional Z51 Performance Package, which raises the output ever so slightly to 495 HP (502 PS) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque.

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According to Chevy, their all-new Corvette will be able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under three seconds, with the Z51 package putting it on par with the 755 HP 2019 ZR1 and its 2.85 second 0-60 time. So yeah, it will blow the old Stingray out of the water when it comes to performance (3.7 sec), despite having just 35 HP and 5 lb-ft of torque more than the latter, and weighing about the same at 3,366 lbs (1,527 kg) vs. 3,444 lbs (1,562 kg).

As for shifting gears, you’ll be doing that with the help of an eight-speed dual clutch automatic, sending its power to the rear wheels.

What about tech?

Well, this is a brand new car so, what do you expect? Of course the C8 is going to one-up the C7 when it comes to on-board goodies. You get a squared-off steering wheel, 12-inch digital gauge cluster, a higher resolution infotainment system, voice recognition tech, wireless smartphone charging, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system as standard, among other things.

If you pay extra, you can also get a heated function for the steering wheel, memory seats, a better Performance Data Recorder and plenty of seat customization options. Overall, the new model’s cabin appears more modern and of a higher quality than its predecessor’s.

You haven’t heard the best part yet

The 2020 Corvette C8 will set you back less than $60,000 in entry-level spec, which is astonishing seen as how you can get a 2019 Vette right now for $55,900. Now that’s what we call value for money, not to mention progress.

  • J-Triumf

    The C8 looks so much better than the C7, specifically because of the shorter hood and more balanced cab-forward proportions (I’ve said many times that I wish we could kill the old boring dogma about cars “needing” to be awkwardly front-long to be sporty or stylish). I’m also really loving that high-tech cockpit as well. I already loved the C7’s design because of it’s futuristic sharp stylings but I think the C8 is going down as the most stylish, beautiful, coolest Corvette ever…especially if it offends stuck-up purists.

    • KenjiK

      I disagree. C8’s proportions look completely off. And that rear is absolutely atrocious

      • J-Triumf

        The proportions are better. And the rear isn’t atrocious at all, it also is an improvement over the C7.

        • Bo Hanan

          I agree and I’ve been a tough critic of this Vette. IMP, overall, GM did an excellent job with what wasn’t an easy task. And the switch from side outlet (C7) to side inlet (C8) is cool.

        • Mynameis Taylor

          its not

          • J-Triumf

            It is, though

        • KenjiK

          IMO it is. Looks like they took the rear part straight from a camaro, and those exhaust tips make the whole thing looks crazy cheap. To each it’s own, but the C7 looks a lot better IMHO, especially the Z06 and GS.

          • SteersUright

            Fully agreed, the rear lights are straight Camaro and atrocious. Should be junked asap and replaced. They look so cheap and tacky, not at all befitting a beautiful, mid-engine sports car.

      • kachuks

        She won’t win any beauty contests, but GM is offering a lot of value with the C8.

        • KenjiK

          Can’t argue with that. $60.000 for a mid engined v8 is hard to beat

      • Mynameis Taylor

        i agree. That back end is not attractive. Neither are pretty designs, but the C7 is much better looking and undeniably corvette. The C8 is very contrived

      • SteersUright

        The rear is way, way bigger than it ever should be, from a design perspective. I can only imagine this was done to offer a good size trunk. They really should’ve worked on the design more through. The back is by far the absolute worst part of the car’s overall design.

      • JC

        I like big butts and I can not lie

    • JC

      Dude you said exactly what I was thinking. This is a huge leap forward for Corvette.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Can I highly doubt the under 3 sec on the 0-60?

    • Astonman

      Remember – the weight of the engine is on the rear axle now instead of the front. More weight there means better traction and launch. That’s been part of Porsche’s secret for a long time. Their Turbos were getting hight 2’s with around 500-550 horses. And in this litigious world, they’re not going to claim something they can’t prove.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    My goodness! There’s not a new Corvette is there?
    When did this happen?
    Why didn’t you tell us about it sooner…

  • BlackPegasus

    The is no comparison. The C8 enters a new breed of the Corvette.

    • TruthSlayer

      The C8 enters a new breed for AMERIKA Fcuk Yeah!

  • no25

    wow. what a big difference…😒 (aka i hate this dumb sponsor video thing in the middle of articles) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fca091a605e59b82d85753c6a2ca0bed04873694fbe41b30978c3f0e4ab9bad1.png

    • Ermal Morina

      second that big time

    • TheAmerican2point0

      I don’t even get why they call it a “sponsored video” when it’s a video by themselves lmao

    • Eagle By Singer

      I agree with you…. But that’s not how ‘aka’ is generally used…

      • no25

        that’s not how “…” are generally used, sweetie.

        • Eagle By Singer

          Lucky for you I didn’t use quotation marks, sweetheart.

          • no25

            I’m talking about the ellipses (the …), dummy. Not quotation marks.
            Who cares? Stop being a damn grammar police on a comment section, loser.
            And the funny thing is that you can use “aka” the way I did if you actually understood what I meant, but I can tell basic reading is hard for you.

      • Arct1c

        This is one of the stupidest comments I have ever seen on this comment section especially from an idiot like you who does not know how to use an ellipse properly. Let me fix your sentence for you: I agree with you, but that is not how “aka” is generally used.
        Don’t call other people out if you’re too stupid to properly type yourself.

  • kachuks

    They really messed up with the tablet glued to the dashboard look. No idea why manufacturers think it’s a good idea.

    • Matt

      Because ergonomically it is a good idea. It allows allows for more creative dashboard designs.

    • TheBelltower

      Because automakers are attempting to design these infotainment screens to be as intuitive as an iPad. It’s what people want. This looks less “tacked on” than most.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Proves what I have been thinking for the past few days, the C7 looks much sleeker, cleaner and well resolved. The C8 looks far less elegant, bulkier and busy, doesn’t flow nearly as well , BUT it’s a mid engine super sports car starting from $60k USD which is the headline I suppose, but for me, it’s lost it’s ‘Corvette-ness’

    • Ben

      Those things may be, but Corvette has lost something, its buyers. Year by year, the Corvette’s target base is getting older and not buying as many. This was one of the large factors that went into green lighting a mid engine corvette. Just be thankful it didn’t come out as a two seater cross over.

      • Seats & a steering wheel

        Ha ha, yes! Didn’t think of that with all this SUV/Crossover lunacy gripping the globe.

      • ErnieB

        Arthritis sucks!

  • SteersUright

    They should revamp the interior, drop the price $15k and keep selling the C7.
    I always thought the C7 had loud design but it looks positively tame next to the C8. I like them both quite a lot though, some of the few and finest GM products. The new interior is leagues better too, thank goodness.

    • ErnieB

      I agree with this.. the C7 still has a fresh look.

    • Ben

      The C7 still looks good and to be honest, so does the C5. IMO, the C6 headlights bug me for some reason. However, I don’t see them dropping the price of the C7 by $15k. The Corvette is all about being affordable, but its not a ‘common vehicle’ and I think it should stay that way.

    • Thunderbolt

      It costs money to revamp something, and Selling C7 along side with C8 means low volume sale for sure, and low volume sale with lower price doesn’t make sense in term of profitability. It would be a loss in revenue, and investors don’t like that.

  • MAYBE THE C9 WILL BRING BACK THE ROUND TAIL LIGHTS AND CENTER EXHAUST. CLEAN UP THE MESSY REAR SIDE WINDOW AND GRACELESS FRONT END.

    • Ben

      I really miss those four cannons centered. Hopefully they’ll bring that back for the Z06 trim and higher. Considering how huge the Corvette aftermarket is maybe there will be a new exhaust and bumper made to give us that set up if GM lets us down.

      • Astonman

        When the C7 came out and a lot of people were offended by not having the rounded lights. Immediately a company came out with a replacement rear with the round lights for around $2K. The only car I’ve seen it on was a company the converted the C7 to all electric. So the take rate was not much to zero.
        I don’t care for the rear of the new C8. It is very busy – trying too hard. Everything else I love -especially that interior. To think I kinda pooed-pooed that interior at a car clinic.

    • wait a minute

      Yes- bring back the centre exhausts and round rear lights, also a few less creases on the side and hood panels.

  • Clayton Olson

    It sucks being the one who notices bad grammar, but my OCD won’t let me let it go. “Seeing as…..” NOT “seen as….”

  • Craig

    The C7 is the better looking car. But I would buy the C8. And I would buy the most basic version I could find. Part of the joy of owning such a car would be the fact that I got one for under $60,000. [Or whatever the base will sell for in Canada]

    • ErnieB

      Or you can get the C7 for under $50k..

  • brn

    I’m blown away by the new C8, but that doesn’t make the C7 any less hot.

    • db

      Well put brn.

  • An Existing Person

    The C8 without a doubt may be a new world for the Corvette, but the C7 is unmistakably a Corvette through and through. The C7 has and will continue to age well. It also got its proportions right, which is something that can’t be said for the C8. The interior for the most part is well done minus a few caveats. I prefer the C7 overall.

  • Big Black Duck

    i Like the side profile of the C8 but prefer the rear and front end from the C7

    • Six_Tymes

      for me, its the exact opposite. but I absolutely love the interior, that is fantastic. I am really looking forward to seeing the video reviews of this Corvette.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m really not excited about the fake side windows, in all honesty but otherwise the C8 is a winner for me. $60K for all of that? Wow. And if you like the C7 better, now’s a great time to get a smokin’ hot deal. I’d actually consider a nice convertible.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    i haven’t seen it yet in the real world & maybe my mind will change as a consequence (it happens sometimes..) but as it is for now the styling is a total let down & sooo annoying! the 1st ever mid mounted Corvette is over styled & detailed,horribly proportioned & shouty in a bad way & very toy like.i remember the ‘corvette Indy’ concept from the 80s which was & still sublime & the 2009 ‘stingray’ concept which was also gorgeous in its own right. the interior though is the total opposite with cool,modern & sexy interpretation of past themes

  • Miknik

    To me, the C8 doesn’t really look more modern, just very obviously mid engined; Like two different cars form the same company produced at the same time; And after decades of a certain Corvette profile (basically, the fastback/long nose has been around since the C2), I can’t say I prefer the rather anonymous looking mid engine profile.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l
  • Wandering_Spirit

    Frankly, C7. The “Ferrarization” of the C8 twists the design of the model. Not ugly. Just not my thing.

  • William Charles

    The C8 is a truly astonishing vehicle for the money. I was in almost disbelief at the entry level asking price. I hope that the C8 is a complete success for Chevrolet and this comes from a Ford man.

  • Blanka Li

    I love them both.

  • wait a minute

    The cab forward design give it a new side profile, but there are many similar mid engine cars with the same proportions.
    There’s everything to like and will be an unbeatable package, with plenty of room in the trunk for future badass turbos or eco friendly hybrid motors.

  • mas921

    the C8’s weight is wrong. 3366 for the 490*hp base, DRY weight, the under 3.0 seconds 0-60 version, the 495hp/Z51, with all fluids should be over 3700 lbs

  • charlotteharry57

    Well, in this context, the new one is just plain ugly, while the C7 is MUCH better looking.

  • getoffme

    The C8’s weight is much higher than that, way to go hyping this up with its dry weight.

  • meyerweb

    The C8 is more aggressive, more brutal. The C7 more elegant and prettier, if you will. I like them both.

  • Maisch

    But only one comes with a manual box, im glad there are many manual corvettes out there for me in the future. But this will sell well i think, when prices are creeping up for the competition. How much is 60k usd when you actually buy it, 68?

    • meyerweb

      If you buy it without options, it’s “Under 60K” plus destination of about $1000 – $1200. Lot’s of dealers have pledged to sell it at MSRP. If you add a bunch of options, the cost will certainly rise.

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