This article is about the eighth generation of the Chevrolet Corvette sports oto. For general Corvette information, see Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette (C8) is the eighth generation of the Corvette sports car manufactured by American automobile manufacturer Chevrolet. It is the first rear mid-engine Corvette since the model’s introduction in 1953, differing from the traditional front mid-engine design started in 1963. The C8 was announced in April 2019, and the coupe made its official debut on July 18, 2019, in Tustin, California. The convertible made its debut in October 2019 during a media event at the Kennedy Space Center to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The racing version, the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, also made its debut that same month. Production officially began on February 3, 2020, delayed by the 2019 General Motors strike.
Following several experimental CERV prototype vehicles, the C8 is GM’s first production rear mid-engine sports oto since the Pontiac Fiero was discontinued. It features a vastly different kiến thiết from previous Corvettes, with an all-new aluminum architecture & coil-over springs in place of leaf springs used on prior models. The exterior features more aggressive aerodynamics including larger air intakes & prominent side scoops. A trunk is located at the rear, with additional storage space at the front of the oto. Combined, these provide 13 cubic feet ( 370 L ) of cargo space, 2 cubic feet ( 57 L ) less than that of the C7. [ 9 ] As a result of the switch Khủng a mid-engine layout, the passenger cell has been shifted forward by 16.5 inches ( 420 milimet ). [ 10 ] The cockpit has been designed bự be driver-centric, with numerous controls mounted on the center console as well as utilizing a mới nhất hexagonal steering wheel. A 12 in ( 30.5 cm ) digital màn hình hiển thị replaces the instrument cluster và reflects one of the six driving modes selected, & is accompanied by an tám in ( 20.3 cm ) touchscreen. A special Z button ( a homage lớn Zora Arkus-Duntov ” Father of the Corvette ” ) is also mounted on the steering wheel ; this can quickly activate customized performance settings. [ 11 ]
- Corvette C8 Convertible
Trim levels & options
GT1, GT2, Competition Sport seat optionsThree trim levels are currently available, 1LT, 2LT & 3LT, augmented by three suspension setups, FE1, FE3 và FE4 which correspond with the two Z51 Performance packages. In addition, three seat options are also available : GT1, GT2 & Competition Thể Thao. The interior is upholstered in leather, microsuede or performance textile with carbon fiber or aluminum trims. A Performance Data Recorder has been upgraded with a higher resolution camera as well as a mới nhất interface. GM’s virtual camera mirror is optional, which projects đoạn phim from the backup camera onto the rear view mirror. [ 12 ] [ 13 ]
The LT2 V8 engine
The Stingray uses a new version of the LS-based GM small-block engine derived from the C7 Stingray’s LT1, now called the LT2. The new naturally aspirated 6.2 L V8 is rated at 490 hp (365 kW; 497 PS) at 6,450 rpm and 465 lb⋅ft (630 N⋅m) of torque at 5,150 rpm, an improvement of 40 hp (30 kW; 41 PS) and 10 lb⋅ft (14 N⋅m) over the outgoing C7 Corvette Stingray. The engine uses dry sump lubrication system. Like the C7, the C8 features Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, which is used when the car is subjected to low load scenarios such as highway cruising.
The engine has two radiators, one on each side in the front. The Z51 package includes a third radiator, a water-to-water và water-to-oil radiator on the rear driver’s side, cooling both engine oil & transmission lubricant, taking air in through the rear quarter panel opening. [ 19 ]
The optional NPP sport exhaust system brings the total power output to 495 hp (369 kW; 502 PS) and torque to 470 lb⋅ft (637 N⋅m). Chevrolet claims that the C8 can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.9 seconds when equipped with the optional Z51 package; Car and Driver recorded a time of 2.8 seconds (by subtracting a 1-foot rollout).
Transmission cutoutThe Stingray is only offered with an tám – tốc độ dual-clutch automated transmission [ 22 ] made by Tremec, with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. [ 23 ] No manual transmission option is available. The only other Mã Sản Phẩm years not offered with a manual transmission were the 1953 – 1954 C1 & the 1982 C3. [ 12 ] [ 24 ]
The base Mã Sản Phẩm of the Stingray comes with unequal length double wishbone suspension at the front & rear axles made from forged aluminum. [ 25 ] Monotube shock absorbers are standard at all four wheels. The oto can be equipped with a front-axle lifting height adjustable suspension system that can add 2 in ( 40 milimet ) of ground clearance at speeds under 25 mph ( 40 km / giờ đồng hồ ). [ 26 ]The Z51 package adds a performance-tuned adjustable suspension with higher front và rear spring rates và firmer dampers. [ 27 ] The front shocks, on vehicles without hydraulic front lift, và the rear shocks, have threaded spring seats that allow adjustment of the preload on the coil springs. [ 28 ] Additionally, the spring seat can be adjusted approximately trăng tròn milimet ( 0.8 in ) up or xuống dốc from the nominal position. [ 28 ]Magnetic Selective Ride Control is an available option for all trims và levels. On Z51 equipped Corvettes, Magnetic Selective Ride Control includes Performance Traction Management và electronic limited-slip differential ( eLSD ). [ 29 ]
The Stingray is equipped with 19 in ( 48 centimet ) ( front ) và đôi mươi in ( 51 centimet ) ( rear ) alloy wheels & Michelin Pilot Sport ALS tires, with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires available as a part of the Z51 performance package. All-season tires are used on base models for better grip. [ 30 ] The exact tire dimensions are 245 / 35ZR-19 at the front và 305 / 30ZR-20 at the rear. [ 12 ] The standard brakes are four-piston Brembo ventilated discs with diameters of 12.6 in ( 320 milimet ) at the front và 13.6 in ( 345 milimet ) at the rear. The Z51 package provides upgraded & enlarged brakes measuring 13.3 in ( 338 milimet ) at the front & 13.8 in ( 351 milimet ) at the rear. [ 25 ]
The C8 Corvette debuted with an tám – inh infotainment màn hình hiển thị in a driver centric cockpit. It comes standard with Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 Plus system. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, 4G hotspot, và both Android Auto và Apple CarPlay. Higher trims are equipped with a 14 – speaker Bose audio system và navigation options. Additional công nghệ features include a performance dữ liệu recorder package for 2LT & 3LT trim levels as well as a camera based rear view mirror. [ 31 ] The 2020 Corvette was the first year Chevrolet introduced kết thúc the air updates mập the Corvette line-up. This allows Chevrolet lớn send updates bự the vehicle remotely. Chevrolet used this capability phệ resolve a front trunk recall for the 2020 Corvettes. [ 32 ]
For the first giây phút since the 1953 introduction of the Corvette ( C1 ), the current generation Corvette is offered in right-hand-drive configuration for the Australian, New Zealand, Japanese, and UK markets. [ 33 ] [ 34 ] The Corvette ( C8 ) is General Motors ‘ only RHD vehicle bự be assembled in the factory rather than converted from left-hand-drive. After the pre-sale announcement, 300 RHD Corvettes were sold within sixty hours : a record for the Corvette sales in Nhật Bản và three times the annual sales number for its left-hand-drive predecessor. [ 35 ] The introduction of RHD Corvette for Australian market was delayed béo the middle of 2021 due lớn the reorganization of Holden Special Vehicles ( HSV ) into GMSV ( General Motors Special Vehicles ) which also brings GM vehicles into New Zealand. Only 200 RHD Corvettes will be sold in nước Australia per year, và the price is mix at $ 149,990 AUD with higher performance versions above $ 200,000 AUD. The first sales of the RHD C8 in New Zealand were 28 cars in 2022. [ 36 ] [ 37 ]
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at 2022 Chicago Auto ShowThe performance phiên bản of the Corvette, the Z06, was unveiled on October 26, 2021. The Z06 entered production as a 2023 Mã Sản Phẩm year as a homologation vehicle. [ 38 ]
Trim levels & options
The Z06 has three trim levels adding various interior comfort & công nghệ upgrades : 1LZ, 2LZ, & 3LZ. Additionally, the Z07 Performance Package can be applied bự any trim that adds improved brakes, carbon fiber aerodynamic elements, suspension tuning, và performance tires. [ 39 ]
Chevrolet LT6, flat-plane crank V8
The Z06 uses a new naturally aspirated 5.5 L V8 producing 670 hp (500 kW; 679 PS) at 8,400 rpm, 460 lb⋅ft (624 N⋅m) of torque at 6,300 rpm and has a redline of 8,600 rpm. This engine, dubbed the LT6, features a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and a flat-plane crank, and surpasses the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series’ M159 engine to become the most powerful naturally aspirated production V8. A modified version of this engine has powered the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R since 2019, and many features in the racing engine carry over to the road engine. Other features of this new engine include a cast aluminum block, dual coil valve springs supporting titanium intake & sodium filled exhaust valves, forged aluminum pistons, forged titanium connecting rods, active split intake manifold with twin 87mm throttle bodies, four-into-two-into-one stainless steel exhaust headers, and a factory six-stage 10-quart dry sump oiling system with individual crank bay scavenging. A feature the LT6 shares with other Chevrolet small blocks is the bore spacing of 4.4 inches.
The Z06 uses the same tám – tốc độ dual-clutch transmission used by Stingray models, albeit with a shorter 5.56 : một final drive ratio for improved acceleration. Chevrolet claims this allows the Z06 mập accelerate from 0 – 60 mph ( 0 – 97 km / giờ đồng hồ ) in 2.6 seconds. [ 44 ]
The Z06 features the same basic suspension thiết lập as the Stingray, however the electronic limited-slip differential & magnetic ride adaptive suspension system are now standard for all Z06 trims. The Z07 Performance Package includes the FE7 track-oriented suspension thiết lập. [ 39 ]
The Z06 ‘ s body toàn thân has been widened béo accommodate larger wheels & thicker tires. The wheels have diameters of đôi mươi inches ( 51 centimet ) at the front và 21 inches ( 53 centimet ) at the rear, & are available with standard alloy or optional carbon fiber rims. The tires have dimensions of 275 / 30ZR20 at the front và 345 / 25ZR21 at the rear, & the Z07 Performance Package comes standard with Michelin Cup 2 R ZP performance tires. [ 45 ] Chevrolet claims that the optional carbon fiber wheels, supplied by Australian manufacturer Carbon Revolution, [ 46 ] shave off 41 lb ( 19 kilogam ) of unsprung weight. [ 47 ]
The base Z06 comes with a front splitter & a rear spoiler. Under the splitter are stall gurneys Khủng reduce drag. [ 48 ] Included with the rear spoiler is an installable fixed Gurney flap, which when installed produces 365 lb ( 166 kilogam ) pounds more downforce at 300 km / giờ ( 186 mph ). The Z07 carbon fiber performance package adds a larger front-splitter, front corner canards ( dive planes ), a pedestal mounted rear wing, & underbody aero strakes, và removes the stall gurneys under the splitter for additional downforce. [ 41 ] Chevrolet claims that with all these equipped và in the track configuration, the Z06 is capable of 1.22 g lateral acceleration on a skidpad. [ 41 ] [ 49 ]
Chevrolet claims a 10.6 – second quarter-mile thời gian for the Z06 Model when equipped with the Z07 package. The C8 Z06 is able phệ reach top speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour ( 320 km / tiếng ). [ 50 ]
Chevrolet Corvette E-RayThe performance hybrid phiên bản of the Corvette, the E-Ray, was unveiled on January 17, 2023. The E-Ray will enter production as a 2024 Mã Sản Phẩm year & will be the quickest Corvette ever made as well as the first with all wheel drive & the first hybrid. [ 51 ]
Trim levels & options
The E-Ray has three trim levels adding various interior comfort và công nghệ upgrades : 1LZ, 2LZ, và 3LZ. Additionally, there will be a ZER Performance Package that can be applied lớn any trim và It will include summer only tires as well as chassis tuning. The E-Ray will come standard with Carbon Ceramic brakes & an eAWD drivetrain. [ 52 ]
Chevrolet claims a 10.5 – second quarter-mile phút giây và a 0-60 phút giây of 2.5 seconds making it the quickest Corvette phệ date in those categories .
Stealth Mode allows for all-electric driving at a maximum tốc độ of 45 mph. Designed for quietly leaving the neighborhood. [ 53 ]
mã sản phẩm year changes
2020 Model year
The first production model of the C8 Corvette was the Stingray with a new mid-mounted 6.2 L LT2 V8 engine. It was available as a 2-door targa top or a retractable hardtop convertible. The targa top was available in body color, transparent, or visible carbon fiber.
2021 Model year
Trim levels & options
2021 saw a danh sách of changes following the 2020 launch year of the C8 Corvette. Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat và Blade Silver Metallic were retired. Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat & Silver Flare Metallic were added as premium màu options. Additionally, đầy đủ length racing stripes saw bốn mới nhất màu sắc options. [ 54 ]The interior saw the addition of Sky Cool Gray / Strike Yellow màu sắc available only on the 3LT. [ 55 ] Magnetic Ride became available separate béo the Z51 package for the 2021 Model year. The Z51 package saw a price increase from $ 5,000 mập $ 5,995 starting 2021. The front lift saw an increase from $ 1,495 lớn $ 1,995 as well. [ 56 ]Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto became standard options in 2021. Black Trident Spoke wheels, all weather floor liners, & carbon fiber mirror covers all saw minor price increases as well. [ 57 ]The 2021 C8 received a base price increase, mid way through the production cycle. Chevrolet raised the base price by USD 1000, putting it kết thúc the $ 60,000 threshold. The price increase was effective for all orders entered after March một, 2021. The increase was attributed lớn a fluctuation in supplier parts costs as well as the global chip shortage which has delayed production in the automotive sector as a whole. [ 58 ]The over of the 2021 production year also saw the over of Sebring Orange, Shadow Gray, và Zeus Bronze as exterior màu sắc options. [ 59 ]
The 2021 Corvette started production on December tám, 2020, due bự extended production of the 2020 Model year. [ 60 ] The 2021 Mã Sản Phẩm year saw production issues due mập parts constraints. [ 61 ] Chevrolet also increased the base price of the Corvette by $ 1,000 in the middle of the 2021 Mã Sản Phẩm year, bự $ 60,995. [ 62 ]
2022 Model year
The LT2 saw fuel management system upgrades for the 2022 Model year which featured a mới nhất fuel pump & injectors. The base price was also increased USD 1200 phệ compensate for increased supplier costs. A new IMSA GTLM Championship Edition package, limited Khủng 1000 units, was introduced for 2022. [ 63 ]The 2022 Model year saw the introduction of Caffeine Metallic, Amplify Orange Tintcoat, & Hypersonic Gray as hot nhất màu options. [ 64 ]
2023 Model year
GM & Chevrolet started production of the 2023 Mã Sản Phẩm year in the spring of 2022. 2023 saw multiple price increases early into the production year. In March, it was announced that the 2023 Model year would see a $ 1000 base price increase. In May, the destination charge saw a minor USD 100 increase. During the start of production & launch of the 2023 configurator, GM raised the base price of the 2023 Corvette by USD 2300 making the mới ra base price $ 65,595. [ 65 ] [ 66 ] Several packages & options saw increases & adjustment bự pricing .2023 also received a special edition variation of the Corvette béo commemorate its 70 th anniversary since the launch of the Corvette Mã Sản Phẩm. The 2023 Corvette Stingray 70 th Anniversary Edition is a $ 5995 package atop the 3LT trim cấp độ. The special edition was offered in two exclusive colors of White Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat và Carbon Flash Metallic. Additionally, the package came with special wheels, badging, và VIN sequence mập commemorate the vehicle’s 70 th year in the US market. [ 67 ]
In addition to changes to the base Corvette, the Corvette Z06 was introduced with a 5.5 L LT6 V8 engine.
Model Year Stingray Total Coupe Conv. 2020 16,787 3,581 20,368 2021 15,112 11,104 26,216 2022 13,451 12,380 25,831
The Corvette C8 was named 2020 Motor Trend Car of the Year, and was also featured on 2020 Car and Driver 10Best. The C8 was also named 2020 North American Car of the Year, 2020 Detroit Free Press Car of the Year, and 2020 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Best of the Year.
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