Popular Mechanics named the 2020 Corvette Stingray as Car of the Year due to its premium quality “within financial reach for many of us.”
The Chevrolet Corvette C8, unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center event in July last year, is an answer to the age-old cliche that American sport-cars are terrible around corners and has deservedly earned Popular Mechanics’ Car of the year’ award.
First Corvette to feature a rear-engine configuration, the C8 benefits from a better weight distribution, resulting in better cornering ability at high speed while also keeping the RWD monster securely planted on the track.
Its naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 engine produces 495HP at 6,450 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 5,150 when equipped with the performance exhaust. The C8 can go from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 secs, reach a top speed of 194 mph, can do the Nürburgring lap in 7:29.9, and all this for about 60,000$. Not bad, right?
But what of its roots? Chevrolet hasn’t forgotten what defines an American car against all those fancy exotic imports. An impressive quarter-mile time of 11.2 sec reiterates the manufacturer’s legacy of powerful muscle cars that shine in drag races. And if this is still not enough, Extreme Turbo Systems managed to bring that quarter-mile time down to 9.95 secs, of course, with a ton of mods and the Z51 package. Still, such impressive numbers demonstrate the potential of the C8, given you have the budget for it, though.
Corvette‘s work shows in the cars performance numbers and what Popular Mechanics calls its surprising ‘practicality’. A generous trunk of 13 cubic feet is also welcome on a performance-oriented car, making it ‘livable’. You might not be able to use it to pick up the groceries but it’s still better than most of its competitors.
The value for money that the Corvette C8 provides is unparalleled by any of the big-name car manufacturers — Audi R8: $195,900, BMW M5: $102,600, Lamborghini Huracan: $242,445, McLaren 570S: $184,900, depending on the model.
If you are unmoved by snobby exotics from big-name brands and want something homegrown, fast, and that won’t make you file for bankruptcy, the C8 is pretty much the obvious choice.