MotorTrend takes a look under the, ahem, ‘hood’ of the new Corvette C8
What’s are the big powertrain changes involving the 2020 Corvette Stingray?
Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know Chevy moved the engine from just behind the front axle to just behind the driver—hence its “mid-engine” nomenclature.
But relocating the engine meant a cascade of other changes—to the car’s structure, airflow, exhaust routing, suspension design, and the composite body laid over it.
One thing Chevy didn’t change is the Stingray engine’s pushrod V-8 configuration, though it boosted horsepower by 30 with its new generation, now up to 495 hp with the performance exhaust package. Chevrolet also brought in a new, compact eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, co-developed with Tremec. Suspension changes meant ditching transverse leaf springs for a new double A-arm design.
But that’s just the facts. Want to know the finer details about why and how Chevy moved the powertrain, and all the chassis engineering that needed to occur? Want to know its 0–60 time? Want to know about what changes can be made to create a ZR1 version? Check out the exclusive walkaround video above, hosted by Jonny Lieberman, for all the details.