2020 Corvette C8: GM Claims It Has Yet To Test Its Top Speed

GM took off the covers to the 2020 Corvette Stingray late last week, but it has yet to announce any performance specifications.

Speaking during the car’s launch, Chevrolet confirmed that it will accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under three seconds in Z51 guise – but that’s all we know so far. When it comes to the car’s top speed, not even the carmaker itself knows what the new Corvette is capable of. Or so they say…

Speaking with members of the press at the car’s debut, GM president Mark Reuss said Chevrolet still needs to “test” the top speed of the C8.

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Looking at the top speeds of various C7 Corvette models offers us an indication of where the C8’s top speed will roughly sit. Given enough room, the entry-level C7 Stingray can accelerate through to an impressive 187 mph (301 km/h), while the Z51 Performance Package gets 186 mph (299 km/h) due to the added drag created by the various downforce-enhancing aero parts.

Whereas the C7 Stingray’s 6.2-liter V8 pumps out 455 HP, the engine fitted to the entry-level C8 Stingray offers up 490 HP. However, peak power isn’t the only important thing for a vehicle’s top speed. As GM Authority points out, the gearing of the C8 will largely determine how fast it will go and, so far, Chevrolet has yet to offer any details about the gearing of the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

If we were to guess, we’d say the entry-level C8 Corvette’s top speed will probably sit at around 190 mph (305 km/h). Which, for a s$60k car, is more than enough (and what anyone should ever need…).

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  • getoffme

    Top speeds aren’t that important. How much do you really need on public roads?

    • Nastinupe1911

      Yeah… but it’s a sports car… and it’s a car. You would assume that these types of tests would have been performed to at least ensure stability of the vehicle and the tires. It scares me to consider that I can purchase a vehicle where the top speed hasn’t been thoroughly tested to assume that the damn thing won’t fall apart.

      Also, you assume that people don’t take sports cars to track days? Public Roads? SMDH. Who are you and why are you on this board?

      I’ll tell you what an egotistic shortcoming is… purchasing a sports car with the intent of NOT taking it to the track and keeping it on public roads. Then you’re just buying one for a pissing contest to satisfy some bragging rights.

      • Netsphere

        they tested it on the ring plenty, you will never reach top speed unless you are drag racing, even then you will run out of the strip before you hit it. so like @disqus_hsjc88gjJR:disqus said, not important

        • Nastinupe1911

          Again… I believe that the limits of any car, especially a sports car, should be tested. Who’s to say where this vehicle will end up. Perhaps on the Salt Flats or a long stretch on the Autobahn or some large speed oval. I don’t know, but if it’s made for speed, it should be tested for speed.

          • birdlives

            They know how fast it will go plus or minus 2 mph.

        • iddqd

          exactly…actually i’m pleasantly surprised, they didn’t even test this pissing contest-figure, as the true qualities lie within general track performance, for which this car must have been intensely set up for…has been here in Germany at the Ring for quite some time…

      • getoffme

        Who says that people do not take these kind of cars on track? Most people would not get near the limits of this car for the most part. Get a clue and talk about being triggered.

  • Six_Tymes

    Pretty much a performance bargain, that is if dealers don’t gouge buyers when it becomes available.

    • XtremWize

      $ 60.000 for a fiberglass kit car with a 1950’s engine block doesn’t seem a bargain to me.

      • Nastinupe1911

        Yeah… it’s definitely a kit car. I’m sure you could build it in your back yard with some spare parts and a crate engine. Let me know how that works out for you.

      • DaruniaG

        Stupid comment bro

      • john1168

        OK. This is where I ask you what cars you like and this is where you don’t reply…

      • birdlives

        Let me guess you drive a Prius?

    • john1168

      I’m sure there will be at least $20k mark ups the first year they come out.

  • john1168

    I’m guessing it will hit 185 mph.

    • brn

      My Maserati does that.

      • john1168

        It might go faster, maybe 190-ish but with 490hp, I’d be surprised if it breaks 200. Aerodynamic drag is a beeoch!

        • brn

          Sorry, I thought we were doing Joe Walsh references.

  • Leconte Dave

    The engine might blow up

    • birdlives

      Doubt it the GM LS is pretty bullet proof.

  • brn

    Given the HP vs acceleration times, I’m guessing it’s geared a bit on the short side. Top speed may not be all that high, but I’m OK with that. It’s not all that often I need to exceed 170mph.

  • MultiKdizzle

    It’s growing on me. Nice mid-engine proportions as well.

    That back tho…

  • cat

    Maybe 180 mph (289 km/h)

  • The Capatin

    My guess will be about 190 mph. The low ceneter of gravity and areodynamics will reduce drag and allow it to achieve higher speeds. Fuel mileage at standard freeway speeds (cruising at 65-70 mph) should run right about 24-26 miles per gallon of premium fuel.

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