This Is Why The C8 Corvette Is So Quick Off The Line

There were many things which captured the world’s attention following the global premiere of the C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette a couple of weeks ago. One of these was the company’s revelation that the 2020 Corvette Stingray with the optional Z51 Performance Package would reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in under than 3 seconds.

Chevrolet hasn’t released an exact 0-60 mph time just yet but anything below 3-seconds is extremely quick. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that the Corvette Stingray ‘only’ has 495 hp with the Z51 pack, significantly less grunt than one may think is needed to accelerate off the line so quickly.

Just how has Chevrolet developed a mid-engined rear-wheel drive supercar with under 500 hp so quick? This video from Engineering Explained tells you how.

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The current quickest Corvette, the C7 ZR1, pumps out 755 hp and hits 60 mph in 2.85 seconds. However, that car is front-engined and sticking the rear tires to the pavement is difficult. By comparison, the C8 Corvette is mid-engined meaning it has more weight over the rear, resulting in improved traction.

In addition, the 2020 Corvette Stingray uses a new dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission which can change gears in under 100 milliseconds. When combined with aggressive gearing and Michelin PS4S tires, Engineering Explained believes the theoretical best 0-60 mph time of the C8 Corvette is 2.76 seconds.

It remains to be seen when Chevrolet will drop all the important details about the C8 Corvette, including its acceleration times and pricing, but it will likely be before the end of the year.


  • designer_dick

    I have to admit, the C8’s styling might not have wowed me, but I’m impressed by the depth of engineering GM have put into the car.

    • FFEMT6

      I thought the same thing at the revealing, but since there have been camouflaged free sightings of the car out in the real world, and that design imo is amazing. Especially the truck driver’s video of the blue one on the interstate. Wow!

  • GobbleUp

    Still can’t design a cohesive and inviting interior. 40+ years and waiting.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I actually love the interior. It’s clean and focused to me. I’m getting mine in re but that tan makes the interior look luxurious.

  • db

    After watching this video, it reminds me of a line out of Elton John’s song “Rocket Man”:
    that goes “all the science that I don’t understand, its just my job five days a week”.

    It contextualizes how driving today’s modern sports cars are so enjoyable to drive yet many of us have little idea of how much research, engineering and designing has gone into them.

  • Giziclown

    Bla-bla-bla, let’s see how it perform against other sportscars.

  • Brilliant engineering gimped by a terrible Ferrari/NSX mutation exterior and carnival interior designs.

    • Six_Tymes


  • JBsC6

    Mark. ruess said at the launch only the C7 zr1 accelerated quicker so 2.95x seconds seems provable?

  • john1168

    I’m not sure if he took this into account or not but the next ZR1 is rumored to have electric motors driving the front wheels so weight distribution will change a bit and you’ll have extra hp and torque driving those front wheels. Soooo…..quicker?

  • jimie orleg

    Imagine if it had AWD……………

    • john1168

      It will in the next year or two. Along with up to 1000hp.

      • jimie orleg

        Haven’t seen that confirmed anywhere, Hybrid??

        • Six_Tymes

          its been written about many times, on many sites. and some of the plans came from one of the engineers as “possibilities, we are thinking of doing at one point”
          I read that on a Corvette blog back in 2016, You are asking for confirmation on that now, you wont find it, the base car and upgrades just got released.

          • jimie orleg

            OK, thought maybe there was actual confirmation………

  • Big Black Duck

    C8 would have looked better with exhaust tips in center

    • B.Stokes

      I’m thinking they’re saving that for the Z06 or ZR1 models. At least hopefully they are.

    • Leconte Dave

      They couldn’t do it supposedly

  • iggination

    Love it or hate it, there’s not another car on this planet that offers everything that the Corvette C8 gives you.
    I love it!
    Told the wife I’m buying one. She looked at me and said, “fine with me as long as I get a red one too.”
    I replied, “that’s not a half bad idea!”

  • joe

    2X the displacement, and STILL underpowered compared to the 3.5l Ford GT….undisputable numbers.

  • Kagan

    Not the prettiest sports car but very tempting for the money. Unfortunately it will be much more in europe.

    I hope they do not a Nissan gtr and up the price along the way!

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