British Asia Network - Shahzad Sheikh
London 20 July 2019 - Chevrolet has finally revealed the much-anticipated first ever mid-engined Corvette that aims to compete with the likes of the Lamborghini Huracan, Ferrari F8 Tributo, McLaren 720S and Honda/Acura NSX.
So after seven generations of front engined Corvettes, the power unit is now going to be placed behind the seats. However we're not talking electric or hybrid propulsion, this will have a good old Detroit V8 - a 6.2-litre petrol motor putting out 495bhp and 637Nm (470lb ft) of torque.
With an overall dry weight of 1530kg, the Stingray is capable of 0-60mph in under 3 seconds driving the rear wheels through a bespoke Tremec 8-speed dual clutch automatic.
And for that you get a practical daily-driver usable supercar - as there is a deep luggage compartment in the front and a big enough cargo space behind the engine to house not just one but two golf bags!
Insider there is a jet-fighter style cockpit with a squared-off two-spoke small diameter steering wheel with Bosch rack-and-pinion electric power steering.
The centre of gravity is lower than the previous Corvette and weight distribution has improved. It has a front suspension lift to raise the car by 40mm in 2.8 seconds to get the low supercar over speed bumps, and it'll even remember where the obstacles are on your regular commutes, to do this automatically!
There six driving modes; in addition to Weather, Tour, Sport and Track, there is now My Mode which owners can configure to their own preferences and Z mode that adds engine and transmission selections to the configurability for more sporty drives.
And the best news of all - the price remains the sensible side of silly beginning at under $60,000.