Motor Trend seems to have fallen head over heels in love with the new C8 Corvette, showing their affection by naming it the magazine’s 2020 Car of the Year.
This doesn't really come as a surprise to anyone, as the new Corvette has received near-universal praise in the media and enthusiast communities.
The reasons behind Motor Trend's decision were "the 'Vette's surprising comfort on the street, interior quality, value, and certainly its performance."
3 A Game Changer
The C8 Corvette isn't just upsetting the performance car segment, with its mid-engine configuration, performance figures, and handling abilities, it's changing the supercar world as well.
Chevrolet has said it will be available for less than $60,000 - meaning you can buy an everyday supercar for the same money as a well-equipped Silverado. Most gearheads are still trying to wrap their heads around that - and calculating what the monthly payments will be.
2 Motor Trend's Faux Pas
Motor Trend found themselves at the center of some drama regarding the C8's performance after a recent dyno session. They claimed the new Corvette's 6.2-liter V8 developed a whopping 650 horsepower at the crank - way more than the 495 horsepower Chevrolet announced. Motor Trend had to go back and re-examine the result and found that two key metrics on the dyno were set incorrectly, leaving the results void.
1 A Long Time In The Making
Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Chevrolet Corvette, actually started working on a mid-engined 'Vette more than half a century ago. In 1959, he got to work on the 1960 CERV-I (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle), a single-seater with a 283-cubic-inch pushrod V-8 small-block behind the driver.
In 2014, rumors started circulating about a new mid-engined corvette - fast forward to the present day and it's finally here. Some things are worth the wait.