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Mid-engined Stingray puts Chev on a new styling track

CHEV CORVETTE STINGRAY: An icon goes for centre with new engine. Image: General Motors

OSHAWA. Ontario – Chevrolet says it has fulfilled a long-term promise based on its Corvette sport cars with the introduction of a mid-engined 2020 Stingray Corvette.

General Motors president Mark Reus told The Corner in a media release: “Corvette has always represented the pinnacle of innovation and boundary-pushing at GM but the traditional front-engined vehicle has reached its limits of performance – a new layout was needed.

“In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but drives better than any vehicle in Corvette history. Customers are going to be thrilled with our focus on details and performance across the board.”

CHEV CORVETTE STINGRAY: An icon goes for centre with new engine. Image: General Motors

The new mid-engine layout, the automaker says, gives the 2020 Stingray:

  • Better weight distribution, with the rear weight bias enhancing performance in a straight line and on the track.
  • Better responsiveness and sense of control due to th driver being closer to the front axle, almost on top of the front wheels.
  • The fastest 0-100km time of any entry Corvette yet – less than three seconds when equipped with the optional Z51 package.
  • A race car-like view of the road due to a lower bonnet, and a new instrument panel and steering-wheel.
  • Excellent forward sight lines throughout the vehicle for both driver and passenger.
  • Enhancement of Corvette’s utility strengths, with two boots whose joint volume is 357 litres – they’ll take two filled golf bags.

The automaker says the 2020 Stingray’s exterior has ”a bold, futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions” – yet is still unmistakably a Corvette.

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Mike Simcoe, GM’s vice-president for global design, enlarged: ”’It’s lean and muscular, with an athletic sculptured shape conveying a sense of motion and power. As America’s most iconic performance brand, redesigning the Corvette Stingray from the ground up presented the team with a 60-year-old dream fulfilled.

CHEV CORVETTE STINGRAY: An icon goes for centre with new engine. Image: General Motors

”We know the Corvette can stand tall with the best the world has to offer.”

The cars were said to need a supercar level of craftsmanship, we’re told, so premium materials and attention to detail were vital. Centering the engine became the focal point of the car’s design.

Some additional design touchpoints include:

  • Low profile headlights around all-new projectors
  • Completely hidden door and bonnet and hatch releases do not disrupt the sculpted design
  • Large side air-intakes for engine cooling and aerodynamic performance
  • A-pillar shape that communicates speed and assists in visibility
  • Large rear hatch with seven air vents showcases the engine
  • Quad outboard exhaust tips
  • Dual-element diode tail lights with animated turn indicators
CHEV CORVETTE STINGRAY: An icon goes for centre with new engine. Image: General Motors

GM adds that the cars canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets ‘- and by Formula 1 racing.

Other classic Corvette signatures adapted to the Stingray include a distinctive face that communicates the purpose of the vehicle’s mission, a classic horizontal crease, assertive front fenders but familiar positioning of the dual-element headlights.

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