See If The 2020 Corvette Stingray Lives Up To The Hype In First Reviews

Reviews of the long-awaited 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have finally started to find their way online. Unsurprisingly, journalists are already rather fond of the mid-engined Corvette.

In the videos below we have gathered together some of the first C8 Corvette reviews published on YouTube from the likes of Roadshow, The Smoking Tire, Kelley Blue Book, Road and Track, Roadshow and Car&Driver. It appears as though journalists have only so far had the opportunity to test range-topping Z51 models with the available 3LT package as opposed to the entry-level $59,995 ‘Vette.

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Matt Farah’s review of the sports car is filled with excitement at just how good the car is. He had the opportunity to drive it on a race track and says that it has beautiful balance, excellent front-end grip, a great transmission, and is a performance bargain. He concludes the review by describing it as “extraordinary.” The second half of the review features Farah clarifying some of the comments he made during his onboard review where he admits that as he spent more time with the car, the shine began to fade.

Over at Road and Track in a written review, experienced auto journalist Jason Cammisa describes the C8 Corvette as good but not great. One of his biggest issues with the car is the understeer that it can experience. During skidpan testing, it pulled 1.03 g and while that’s impressive, it is down on the 1.08 g that the C7 Corvette Z51 recorded some six years ago. In addition, he says “the steering doesn’t communicate the handling limits.” As a starting point, he says, the Corvette Stingray is good and has all the right ingredients to be improved with subsequent variants.

See the other reviews, first impressions and  below.

  • Arthur

    On the face of it it looks like you’re getting a lot of car for the money (and you are for the most part) but it’s the small details that don’t show up on a spec sheet that set apart a $65K mid-engined C8 from a new NSX (granted costing at least double the price of a base C8) or a base 911 Carrera that starts around $80K-$90K.

    • Dennis James

      If you want to buy small details for $30k to $60k, it’s your choice 🙂

    • ErnieB

      MT just did a comparo between the Z51 and 911S and the corvette came on top.. food for thought.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I’m sure if GM had developed the Corvette for those pricepoints, those small details would have been easily and quickly addressed. However, it is very difficult for Porsche and Acura to offer a car like the Corvette for 65k without also sacrificing some of those details. If those details are worth it for you and you have 90k or 120k, there’s more than those two options for you.

      I’m only responding because it does annoy me when reviewers knock the Chevy Camaro ZL1 for not focusing on the details, unlike the BMW M2 or M4, when a BMW with specs nearing the ZL1 would cost twice as much, such as the M4 GTS. Had GM prepared the Camaro or Corvette for much higher price points, it would also come with CTS-V levels to interior niceties, at the pricepoint of the cars that they’re often viewed unfavorably against.

  • db

    You got to love the little “hop” at the 0:50 sec. on the C&D video. I bet that would throw you belly for a loop.

    • donald seymour

      I saw that and almost dropped my pad.

      • db

        I had to go back and freeze it. I almost never caught it first time around.
        I could just imagine the feeling it must have given the driver.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Worse in the corners… Ok.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Can’t wait for the hotter versions to come.

  • ErnieB

    MT just did a comparison between the C8 Z52 vs the Porsche 911s and.. well the C8 came on top. For the price of admission the C8 is just brilliant. “The Corvette isn’t good enough for the price. It’s unbeatable.”

    • Big Black Duck

      Totally agree…I love the interior center stack too…

      • ErnieB

        The interior alone makes this Vette the best ever. I really don’t understand the folks that dismiss this car— easily should win car of the year!

  • LAST WE IT WAS REPORTED HERE THAT THEY HAVEN’T TOOLED UP YET. ARE THEY REVIEWING PRE-PRODUCTION CARS?

    • :/ Yurr

      I think so

    • performante

      Matt Farah mentioned that the car he drove was an early production model.

  • BlackPegasus

    Those Kelly Blue Book videos are seemingly made for soccer moms.

    • willhaven

      LOL!

    • :/ Yurr

      ??

    • john1168

      Socks with sandals… DAMN! I did that the other day… LOL I’ll try to do better:)

  • SteersUright

    He’s dead wrong. Its not just a Corvette. For obvious reasons he’s comparing to McLarens, etc. but when you compare this to what directly within its price range the C8 is utterly impressive. I’ve never been a huge American car fan (due to the shoddy build quality, panel gaps, etc) but any car enthusiast has to be awestruck by what GM is offering here for $60k starting.

  • CoolyHi

    I give GM a lot of credit for going mid-engine with the Vette. At the same time, getting it done at the 60K price point isn’t a big feat when you really look at the engineering behind it. A lot of the development costs have been spread across multiple generations. GM is great for spreading development costs across multiple vehicles. The engine didn’t require any extensive modifications (literally turned around), the platform already allowed for a ME configuration, and the transmission has been in development for quite a while. Now… the big cost increases will come once they introduce the newer engine, alongside some other innovative features. Ferrari and others normally don’t have multiple vehicles that share development costs with. P-Cars are expensive just because they want to/can. The car will sell like hotcakes, so I am excited for GM, but not wow’ed by something they’ve previously done and planned quite some time ago.

  • getoffme

    It did not really live up to the hype. The 50-60 year old crowd rejoice however.

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