OK, Corvette fans, the moment you’ve been waiting for, possibly for decades is here – Chevrolet finally introduced the brand new Corvette Stingray C8. Although it looks nothing like the Stingrays of old, this Vette still has all the bells and whistles at a (mostly) affordable price.
According to Harlan Charles, who is the product manager for the company, they wanted to do something no one else had with other sports cars:
“We wanted to take the things that people love about the Corvette today, a car powered by a small-block V-8 that can be a track car, a daily driver and a road trip car that still is attainable. We wanted to add the mid-engine performance attributes to highlight the fun-to-drive aspect with the connected feel that architecture gives us.”
According to Chevrolet, this Stingray model is available with either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission to go along with the car’s small-block V8. Put these together and you get what Chevy describes as a “dopamine boost with every press of the throttle,” as the 495-horsepower engine takes you from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds.
Mark Reuss, General Motors’ president, said:
“Our goal from the beginning was to do the first attainable mid0engine V8 supercar and really make the dream come true for a lot of people. You don’t have to win the lottery to be able to have a car like this.”
In fact, the base model comes in at just over $55,000. Announced at the Black Hills Corvette Classic in South Dakota on July 19, the Stingray’s somewhat budget price tag is definitely not indicative of what buyers can expect. Its look and feel is very much like the luxury you’d come to expect from any other Corvette — or any supercar for that matter. Just a bit more “capable” with its “F-16 fighter jet influence.”
If you’re interested in checking out the Stingray, and all the options available, you can use the Configurator to build your own and get a quote.
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