Chevrolet Introduces First-Ever Mid-Engine
2020 Stingray is the fastest, most powerful
TUSTIN, Calif. — Today, Chevrolet fulfills
the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction
of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine
Corvette. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020
Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of
performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury.
From front- to mid-engine, in under
“Corvette has always represented the
pinnacle of innovation and boundary-pushing at GM. The traditional
front-engine vehicle reached its limits of performance,
necessitating the new layout,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “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.”
- The new mid-engine
layout 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 driver positioning closer to the front
axle, almost on top of the front wheels.
- The fastest 0-60 time of any
entry Corvette ever — under three seconds when equipped
with Z51 Performance Package.
- A race car-like view of the
road due to lower positioning of the hood, instrument
panel and steering wheel. Excellent forward sightlines
throughout the vehicle for both driver and passenger.
- An enhancement of Corvette’s
traditional utility strengths, with dual trunks for a
total of 12.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, ideal for
luggage or two sets of golf clubs
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Design inspired by racing and
The 2020 Stingray’s exterior has a bold,
futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions, but it is
still unmistakably Corvette. It’s lean and muscular, with an
athletic sculptural shape conveying a sense of motion and power from
“As America’s most iconic performance
nameplate, redesigning the Corvette Stingray from the ground up
presented the team a historic opportunity, something Chevrolet
designers have desired for over 60 years,” said Michael Simcoe, vice
president of Global Design, General Motors. “It is now the best of
America, a new arrival in the mid-engine sports car class. We know
Corvette can stand tall with the best the world has to offer.”
A supercar level of craftsmanship,
premium materials and attention to detail were critical in designing
every component of the Stingray. The new location of the engine is
truly the focal point for the car’s design. It’s the heart of this
next generation Corvette and it sits like a jewel in a showcase,
visible through the large rear hatch window. The added attention to
detail optimized the appearance of every wire, tube, bolt and
fastener, similar to those found in modern track and all-road
Some additional design touchpoints
- Low profile headlamps designed around
- Completely hidden door, hood 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 that showcases the
engine with seven air vents.
- Quad exhaust tips located on the
vehicle’s outboard ends.
- Dual-element LED taillamps with
animated turn signals.
True to its aeronautical and racing
roots, the 2020 Stingray’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by
F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets and Formula One 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, aggressive front fenders and
familiar positioning of the dual-element headlamps.
The interior is further enhanced by:
- A cockpit that has not only migrated
forward by 16.5 inches, but envelops the driver, conveying the
high performance and aeronautic theme
- Vertical climate controls and
ultra-thin vents minimize the height of the instrument panel,
creating a low, spacious interior.
- A new, squared-off, two-spoke, small
diameter steering wheel that enables an unobscured view of the
12-inch reconfigurable cluster display
The 2020 Stingray boasts premium
interior materials executed at a high level of quality and
- Hand-wrapped, cut-and-sew leather
components with thick press stitching.
- Generous use of real metal.
- Stainless steel speaker grilles with
Bose Performance Series audio system.
- Carbon fiber trim on the GT2 and
Competition Sport Seats.
- The choice of either real aluminum or
real carbon fiber for console and door trim plates.
Customers can create their own
design statement, with the most personalization options ever for
- 12 exterior colors — Torch Red, Arctic
White, Black, Blade Silver Metallic, Shadow Gray, Ceramic Matrix
Gray, Long Beach Red, Elkhart Lake Blue and Sebring Orange —
plus three all-new colors: Rapid Blue, Zeus Bronze and
- Six interior color themes: Jet Black,
Sky Cool Gray, Adrenaline Red, Natural/ Natural Dipped, Two-Tone
Blue and Morello Red.
- Six seat belt colors: Black, Blue,
Natural, Torch Red, Yellow and Orange.
- Two optional stitch packages: Yellow
and Red. Standard black interiors have Sky Cool Gray stitching.
Three seat options:
- GT1 – a sporty style that emphasizes
comfort while providing good support for performance driving
situations. Features Mulan leather trim, optional two-way lumbar
support and wing adjustment.
- GT2 – a first for Corvette, these seats
have a racing-inspired look with comfort for long trips courtesy
of dual density foam. They include carbon fiber trim, a Napa
leather insert, Mulan leather bolsters, a jet black-painted seat
back, two-way lumbar support and wing adjustment, plus heating
- Competition Sport – designed for the
serious track-focused driver, these seats include aggressive
bolsters, full Napa seating surfaces and carbon fiber trim on
the headrest, heating and ventilation, along with an all-new
durable performance textile inspired by Kevlar vests.
Engineered to be a true supercar for
Corvette’s structure is built around its backbone: the center
tunnel. This enables a light, stiff structure to serve as the
foundation for the suspension system to perform in an optimized
manner. By removing unwanted body compliance, Corvette customers
will experience the ultimate in ride performance with outstanding
lateral grip capabilities. The car has a solid,
connected-to-the-road feel with minimal vibrations at high speeds or
on long road trips.
“Our mission was to develop a new type of
sports car, combining the successful attributes of Corvette with the
performance and driving experience of mid-engine supercars,” said
Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer.
The tunnel-dominant approach offers
many advantages, including:
- Improved torsional rigidity with a
solid, connected feel on both the road and track.
- Outstanding ingress/egress for a
mid-engine vehicle. Unlike some competitors, there’s no need for
oversized rocker panels to bear structural and load weights,
making it easier to enter and exit the vehicle.
- Excellent stability due to a low center
of gravity and outstanding handling.
- Preservation of Corvette’s beloved
standard removable roof panel, which can easily be stored in the
- A front storage compartment that can
fit an airline-spec carry-on and a laptop bag.
- Availability in both left- and
right-hand-drive variants — a first for Corvette.
- Smart packaging with improved cabin
comfort, including an additional inch of rearward seat travel
and almost double the reclining angle.
The all-new Corvette Stingray is
built with a smart mixed-materials strategy, enabling key features
- A strong, stiff and lightweight main
structure of six high-pressure diecast aluminum parts, also
known as the Bedford Six, which are manufactured at GM
Powertrain in Bedford, Indiana. These minimize the number of
joints within the vehicle, making a stiffer structure that aids
in handling and track cornering.
- Industry-first carbon fiber curved rear
bumper beam for weight reduction.
- Front and rear trunk tubs and dashboard
molded from ultra-lightweight “float” derived from fiberglass
and a proprietary resin. The material is so light that it can
actually float in water. It works with other fiberglass and
carbon fiber variants to lower mass and reduce noise and
Handling: core to Corvette’s
The Stingray is designed for superior
ride comfort on the highway and well-balanced handling on the track.
“Thanks to sophisticated suspension
geometry, tailored tire technology and exquisite attention to
structural details, we have improved ride and handling,” said
Juechter. “No Corvette has ever felt so comfortable, nimble and yet
The new Stingray features coil over dampers
that create entirely new ride and handling characteristics. The
mid-engine architecture allows for a short, straight and stiff
steering system, coupled with an updated electronic steering system,
making the driver’s chassis input instantaneous.
The new seating position places the car’s
center of gravity close to the driver’s inside hip, so the car
literally turns around the driver. It completely changes the
perception of vehicle handling and responsiveness.
Other ride and handling upgrades include:
- Steering ratio improved from 16.25:1 to
- New eBoost brakes that are more precise
- The first sports car application of
Michelin’s all-season performance tire that can corner at nearly
- Front suspension lift that raises
ground clearance by approximately 40mm at the front bumper in
2.8 seconds, protecting against bumps, potholes, steep driveways
and other road disturbances. It can operate at speeds up to 24
mph and be programmed to work automatically through GPS to
remember up to 1,000 locations.
- Launch control aided by the rear weight
distribution, enabling the new Stingray to get off the line
quicker than any Corvette in history.
- Z51 Performance Package, which
introduces a host of new technology to the 2020 Stingray:
• Performance suspension
with manually adjustable threaded spring seats.
• Larger brake rotors with
Z51 logo on calipers.
• Enhanced cooling.
• Specific axle ratio.
• Front brake cooling inlets.
• Performance exhaust.
- An electronic limited slip differential
integrated into the transaxle that modulates torque between the
rear tires, enabling incredible vehicle stability.
- A front splitter and open two-piece
rear spoiler that add up to a combined 400 pounds of downforce
while improving grip when cornering.
- Available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0,
which reads the road better, providing more precise data through
suspension-mounted accelerometers. Its improved electronics
respond faster and more smoothly to driver inputs and contribute
to class-leading ride quality.
- Available Performance Traction
The jewel in the center
The 2020 Stingray’s heart is Chevy’s
next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally
aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower (369
kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance
exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.
“Though now placed behind the driver, the
LT2 gives the same visceral experience we all expect from Corvette,”
said Jordan Lee, GM’s global chief engineer of Small Block engines.
“The LT2 has been designed to deliver excellent low-end torque and
high-end power to give thrilling pedal response at any RPM.”
The powertrain’s low position enables a low
center of gravity for optimal handling. Perhaps the biggest update
is found in the lubrication and ventilation system. For the first
time ever, the base Stingray will use an engine-mounted dry sump oil
system and three scavenge pumps for improved track performance.
During serious track driving, oil volume
remains high to avoid diminished performance. The new Stingray’s
lateral capability is greatly improved, so the LT2’s dry sump
lubrication system had to be redesigned to provide exceptional
engine performance even at lateral acceleration levels exceeding 1G
in all directions.
A lightweight, 3.2mm-thick glass panel on
the rear hatch allows owners to show off the engine. This panel
features a cantilevered trailing edge to evacuate heat from the LT2
Other notable engine characteristics
- Jewel-like setting in the rear
compartment, visible through the rear glass hatch.
- Every part, including the exhaust
system’s wires, tubes, routing fasteners, coolant hoses, exhaust
manifold and even the bolts and fasteners, is built with
appearance in mind. All engine components were given careful
consideration just like the exterior, and even the heat shields
- A brand-new block and vent system. The
centerline of the crankshaft sits an inch lower to the ground
where it mates to the transaxle for better handling.
- Low-profile oil pan that reduces mass.
- Oil cooler capacity increased by 25
- Standard edge Red valve covers.
A shift of a different kind
The next generation LT2 is paired with
Chevrolet’s first eight speed dual-clutch transmission, which
provides lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfer. This
transmission is uniquely designed with TREMEC to provide the best of
both worlds: the spirited, direct connected feeling of a manual and
the premium driving comfort of an automatic. The double-paddle
de-clutch feature even allows the driver to disconnect the clutch by
holding both paddles for more manual control.
Paddle shifters allow drivers to choose a
specific gear. “The performance shift algorithms are so
driver-focused, they can sense when you’re doing spirited driving —
regardless of driving mode — and will hold lower gears longer for
more throttle response,” said Juechter.
The new Small Block V-8 has a torque curve
optimized to take advantage of the bespoke DCT’s lightning-fast
shifts. Engineers set the DCT up with a very low first gear to
leverage the additional traction to get the car off the line
quickly, and its close-ratio gears 2 through 6 keep the engine near
the power peak on track. Tall seventh and eighth gears make for easy
long-distance cruising with low mechanical stress and excellent fuel
The DCT is mated to a new Electronic
Transmission Range Selector. With this electric shifter there’s no
mechanical interface between the shift lever and the transmission.
The Corvette’s electric shifter incorporates two pull toggles for
Reverse and Drive and push buttons for Park, Neutral and Low/Manual.
The shifter has been designed to be more attractive and compact than
a standard shifter.
All-new technology improves performance
Driver mode choices have been expanded
from four to six, allowing drivers to tweak the feel of their
Corvettes to their personal preference. The familiar Weather, Tour,
Sport and Track modes remain, and there are two new modes:
- MyMode, a configurable setting for
preferred driving style that can remain between key cycles.
- Z mode, named after the famed Z06, ZR1
and Z51 Corvette performance packages, is activated through a
“Z” button on the steering wheel. This is a single-use mode that
takes MyMode configurations one step further, allowing drivers
to adjust the engine and transmission as well.
The 2020 Stingray benefits from GM’s new
digital vehicle platform, an all-new electronic architecture that
enables the adoption of the company’s next generation of
technologies. The architecture minimizes wiring while allowing for
faster signal transmission between different vehicle systems and the
higher resolution screens. The platform enables continuous vehicle
improvements through over-the-air updates and enhanced cybersecurity
Other new technology features
- Corvette’s next-generation infotainment
system is faster and simpler, with a higher resolution display.
- Chevy-first one-touch Bluetooth pairing
with Near Field Communication.
- Wireless charging.
- Learn-as-you-go voice recognition.
- Improved real-time traffic.
- A new, 12-inch customizable instrument
cluster tailored to all six driver modes.
New electrical features include:
- Driver and passenger seat memory.
- Heated steering wheel.
- Tire fill alert warns the driver when
tire meets maximum pressure.
- Two new Bose audio systems: a
10-speaker standard premium system and available 14-speaker Bose
Performance Series system. Speaker grilles are integrated into
lower door trim for a refined look that also helps guard against
damage from footwear.
- The industry-pioneering Performance
Data Recorder, an advanced driving analysis tool upgraded with
high-definition resolution camera and a new, in-vehicle user
interface. Customers can record both circuit and point-to-point
road courses. The PDR can be set to auto-record like a dash cam
that starts a recording every time the Corvette is running, or
configured to only start when the car is set to Valet mode.
Attainability remains a hallmark
Corvette has always represented iconic
American design, performance, technical ingenuity and attainability.
The entry 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise
value proposition, as it will start under $60,000.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes
into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019.
Additional pricing and packaging information will be shared closer
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2020 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY
LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct
injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)
Bore & stroke
(in / mm):
4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in
iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps
Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity);
includes oil-spray piston cooling
Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic
Cylinder Head Material:
319-T7 cast aluminum
Combustion Chamber volume:
Overhead valve, two valves per
cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.
Valve Size (in / mm):
2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 /
40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)
Direct injection with Active Fuel
Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)
1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders);
1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)
87mm single bore (electronic)
GM E99 (32-bit processing)
(hp / kW @ rpm):
SAE-certified to 495 / 369 @ 6450
rpm (with performance exhaust)
(lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm):
SAE-certified to 470 / 637 @ 5150
rpm (with performance exhaust)
TRANSMISSION & AXLE
M1L 8-speed dual clutch (DCT)
CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
Short/long arm (SLA) double
wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape
lower control arms; monotube shock absorbers (46mm /);
Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available on Z51.
Adjustable front lift with memory is available
Short/long arm (SLA) double
wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape
lower control arms; direct-acting stabilizer bar; monotube
shock absorbers (46mm); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0
available with Z51
rack-and-pinion with electric power assist; includes Active
Steer Stops with available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0
(ft. / m):
11.6 m (std.)
11.1 m (with FE4 Magnetic Ride
Front and rear
E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston/two-piece
front calipers and four-piston/monobloc rear calipers
With Z51 – Front and rear
E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc
caliper at front and rear
Brake Rotor Size
(in / mm):
Front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30)
Front: 13.3 x 1.18 (345 x 30) –
Rear: 13.6 x 1.02 (339 x 26)
Rear: 13.8 x 1.06 (350 x 27) –
Front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (w/5
x 120mm bolt pattern)
Rear: 20-inch x 11-inch (w/5 x
120mm bolt pattern)
Tire Type and Size:
Stingray: Michelin Pilot Sport
Stingray with Z51: Michelin Pilot
^Do not use summer-only tires in winter
conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance
and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations.
Unapproved combinations my change the vehicle’s performance
characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, go to:
my.chevrolet.com/learn/tires/ or see your dealer.
(in. / mm):
107.2 / 2722
(in. / mm):
(in. / mm):
76.1 / 1934
(in. / mm):
48.6 / 1234
Track (in. mm):
(front) 64.9 / 1648
(rear) 62.4 / 1586
(in. / mm):
37.9 / 962
Legroom (in. / mm):
42.8 / 1086
(in. / mm):
54.4 / 1381
Hip Room (in. / mm):
52.0 / 1321
WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES
(lb. / kg):
3366 / 1530
(cu. ft. / L)^:
12.6 / 356.8
^Cargo and load capacity limited by weight