Performance fans around the world have been anxiously awaiting complete specs on the C8 Corvette since the July reveal — and thanks to an engineer’s notebook, it looks like we have them.
First the numbers, courtesy of our friends over at Corvette Forum.
The base C8 Corvette will shoot from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat. Add the Z51 package, and that drops to 2.9 seconds. Top speed, as has been previously reported, is 193 mph in base trim, and those models will hit 100 mph in just 7.6 seconds. But Chevy has said that Z51-equipped cars will be slightly slower — at least in regard to top speed — thanks to the aero bits designed to provide more downforce. Also the base C8 will blast through the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds at 121 mph, though the times for the Z51 package aren’t listed.
For those keeping score at home, that’s a few ticks behind the 2019 Z06, which Chevy says will do the quarter in a blistering 10.95 seconds, though it’s packing 650 horsepower, while the base model 2020 is packing 490 horsepower. For what it’s worth, once C8 models packing the rumored twin-turbo flat-plane V8 start testing, we expect they’ll trounce the previous generation’s already impressive number.
As far as stopping distance goes, base models will be able to stop from 60 mph in 115.1 feet. That drops to 108.4 for Z51 models, which come with bigger brakes.
So you, might be wondering about exactly how a regular gearhead got his hands on all this info, and it’s actually pretty simple. While Corvette Forum member BJ67 was checking out one of the new C8s at the annual Corvettes at Carlisle show in Pennsylvania, he bumped into an engineer who worked on the new Corvette. For some reason, the Chevy employee allowed him to take pictures of his notebook, which had all these specs neatly outlined in a spreadsheet.
Unless the General had this mysterious engineer accommodate BJ67’s request as some kind of intentional leak, we can’t imagine GM’s brass is thrilled with him right now, to put it mildly. But we’re sure glad he stepped up! To check out those pics for yourself, which include a ton more info about everything from lateral Gs, to gear ratios, to gross weight, head to Corvette Forum. There’s a great discussion over there about all the new info.
Now, just like it was when the last generation was revealed, getting your hands on a first-year model of a new Corvette is going to be tricky. But don’t let that stop you from contacting your local AutoNation Chevy dealer! Even when the all the appropriations are spoken for, and deposits are down, sometimes buyers have to back out. So it’s worth putting your name in the hat to score an example of this historic sports car!