Are We Really Surprised?
The performance numbers from recent reviews have been out for a while now, but Chevrolet had yet to reveal the official numbers for the 2020 Corvette. Horsepower and torque numbers were out, other specifications were out, but the official 0-60 mph time and the quarter-mile time were not. Now they are.
When you look at the 0-60 mph time of the 2020 Corvette Stingray you’ll see that Chevy marks the car at three seconds. That’s just the standard model. If you get the 2020 Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package, the number dips below three seconds to 2.9 seconds.
In terms of the quarter-mile time, you’re again looking at two sperate numbers depending on whether or not the car gets the Z51 Performance Package. The regular Stingray does the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 123 mph. The Z52 does it in 11.2 seconds at 121 mph.
According to Chevy, the car can pull these numbers due to a variety of factors. Chief among them are the rear-weight bias, tire technology, and the powertrain. Of course, aerodynamics and chassis tuning play a part, too.
“The LT2 is one of our best efforts yet in Corvette’s history of naturally aspirated high-performance Small Block V-8 engines,” said Jordan Lee, GM’s global Chief Engineer of Small Block engines. “This engine is incredibly powerful and responsive. Power is readily available when the driver needs it.”
These numbers are close to what the publications who have reviewed the car managed to get, too. So, we’re happy to see the car performing at its peak in testing.