read everything we have to say about the mid-engined 2020 chevy corvette, and see the corvette configurator to spec your own.
of all the impressive numbers associated with the 2020 chevrolet corvette—495 horsepower, 194 mph, less than three seconds to 60 mph—none is as impressive as the $59,995 starting price. but let's be real here: no one is buying a base-price corvette.
much as porsche does, chevrolet has loaded the corvette configurator with a bevy of irresistible add-ons. whether you want a long-legged tourer or a track-capable sports car, the corvette is easily tailored to your taste. or maybe you want to own a corvette tailored to car and driver's taste. in that case, here's how we'd spec our mid-engine c8 corvette.
model we’d choose
- corvette stingray 2lt ($67,295)
the corvette stingray is offered in three cleverly named trims: 1lt, 2lt, and 3lt. we'd opt for the middle one and happily pay the $7300 upcharge, as it adds desirable convenience features such as heated and ventilated seats, satellite radio, a 14-speaker bose audio system, a wireless phone charger, and the slick performance data recorder, which captures your track-day exploits on video—great for someday showing your grandkids how cool you once were. it also includes a front curb-view camera, a rearview camera mirror, and blind-spot monitoring to help you spot hazards from the cockpit of your low and wide mid-engine sports car.
upgrading from the 2lt to the 3lt for another $4650 dresses up the corvette's interior with suede- and leather-wrapped surfaces throughout the cabin. in the interest of preserving the corvette's value proposition, we'd skip the deluxe trimmings. if it's a luxury car you want, buy a mercedes-benz sedan.
options we’d pick
- z51 performance package ($5000)
- z51 suspension with magnetic selective ride control ($1895)
- gt2 bucket seats ($1495)
- front lift with memory ($1495)
- spectra gray five-trident-spoke wheels ($1495)
- ceramic matrix gray metallic paint ($0)
- adrenaline red seating surfaces and inserts ($0)
while chevrolet makes big claims for the corvette's standard all-season tire, we would want our car to hold up to a day of track driving. that means we need the $5000 z51 performance package, which adds an electronically controlled limited-slip differential with a shorter final-drive ratio, brembo brakes, a performance exhaust good for five horsepower, a heavy-duty cooling system, and michelin pilot sport 4s summer tires. the magnetic selective ride control dampers are another must-have, as they deftly adapt to the road surface and the driving mode to deliver unflappable body control while sopping up any harshness. we'd also include the $1495 front-axle lifter to help the corvette's nose clear speed bumps and steep driveway aprons.
powered by a 495-hp small-block v-8 exhaling through the active performance exhaust, the corvette is plenty loud at full whack. does the paint really need to scream for attention, then? we say no. our nod to subtlety is ceramic matrix gray metallic paint, a chalky white that looks even better in person than it does in these pictures. framed by that subdued exterior, glimpses of the $1495 adrenaline red gt2 bucket seats pop through the glass. the $1495 five-trident-spoke wheels come in two finishes. our pick, the darker spectra gray, provides more contrast against the light paint, yet the wheels aren't so dark that you lose their detail.
all in, our dream corvette stingray comes to $78,675. that's a far cry from the $59,995 base price, but our corvette remains a hell of a bargain for anything with this kind of presence and performance.