2020 Corvette Stingray To Hit 194 MPH In Base Guise, Drop To 184 MPH With Z51 Pack

Chevrolet has confirmed that the 2020 Corvette Stingray can run through to a top speed of 194 mph (312 km/h) in entry-level guise.

Chevrolet recently announced pricing details for the mid-engined C8 Corvette and confirmed that as many had expected, it will start at $59,995. For that price, customers will find themselves in the cabin of a supercar that can almost hit 200 mph (320 km/h).

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That’s impressive but the base Corvette Stingray isn’t the one we would recommend people buy. Instead, fitting the new car with the available Z51 Performance Package is probably the way to go if you’re looking for the best track-performance and handling characteristics. The Z51 pack can be added to any Corvette trim level for $5,000 and includes a performance exhaust, performance suspension, electronic limited-slip different, enlarged brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, enhanced cooling and new front brake cooling inlets.

The Z51 Performance Package also includes a front splitter and rear wing that combine to deliver 400 lbs (181 kg) of downforce. While improving handling, this does drop the top speed of the Z51 to 184 mph (296 km/h), but that’s still more than enough for street use and pretty much any track in the United States.

All 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray models are powered by a 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine pumping out 490 hp and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque. Should customers opt for the available $1195 performance exhaust system, grunt increases to 495 hp and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm). Power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and the Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray can hit 60 mph (96 km/) in under three seconds.

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  • db

    194 mph top end? That’s about 100 mph more than most people could handle.
    What can go wrong?

    • SgtBeavis

      Most people won’t be buying this car. Most of the people that do buy it won’t be going anywhere near that top speed. Of course, if they do, they risk a Darwinian result.

      That top speed is for the few that do.

      • javier

        how hard it is to go fast on a straight empty 4 lane freeway, who wouldn’t get one of these and wind it out at least once

        • john1168

          If James May can do it in a Bugatti Veyron then anyone can do it. LOL

        • Bobby Tucker

          Hence the old saying, It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

  • Six_Tymes

    I wonder if the rear wing is easily removable? why eat and waste gas driving around town. Wings, add drag and reduce economy.

  • Mr. EP9

    So, does that mean we should expect close to 220 mph for the Z06?

    • willhaven

      I doubt you’ll get much over 200mph considering the aero that’ll prohibit such a speed.

    • john1168

      If the Z06 has 700 to 800 hp and active aero, I’d say 200mph sounds about right. But if it comes with the big and inefficient wicker bill spoiler like what’s on the current Z06 then no. That thing is like a drag chute so maybe right at 200 to 205?

  • aces928

    $1195 performance exhaust system for 5 more hp and 5 more lb-ft torque? Really?

    • Alex87f

      For a road legal active exhaust, it’s a great deal!

  • Kagan

    hmm what a dilemma, I would have Z51 but then I drop below 300km/h hmm. Very delicate problem for europé!

  • sidewaysspin

    Looking good the interior.

  • john1168

    THIS is why you need active aero on this car! Granted only maybe 1% of all Corvette buyers are going to be hitting the top speed of this thing but if there was an active aero option (I’m sure there will be in the future) one could have the benefits of both great handling AND higher top speed.

    • brn

      I suspect the number is even below 1%. There are very few places you should consider 194mph, regardless of vehicle.

      Active aero would increase the weight, cost and complexity. Maybe on the ZR1. Go nutz with that thing.

  • derac48

    The sticker price is $59,900.. what is the going out the door price ? Dealers are going to gouge customers unless GM acts… and I doubt that they will.

  • Ermal Morina

    super impressive with this car so far honestly, let’s wait for the reviews and see what is it really.

  • SteersUright

    Strange, though this would easily break 200mph.

    • Kaisuke971

      Well it « only » has 490 hp

    • TheBelltower

      There will be “more better” versions on the way. No doubt.

  • Bobby Tucker

    I’m still “Old school”, don’t want or need a mid-engine Vette. I’m looking at a C-7 hardtop, I’ll be putting some miles on.

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