Well, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray almost remained a secret until its reveal in just a couple hours. For better or worse, Esquire has leaked what appears to be the real 2020 Corvette Stingray and even some official stats.
According to the leaked article, which was published to Apple News, these photos are official from General Motors. They depict a car that, frankly, we already knew how it looked from all the official spy shots The General has shown over the last several months.
The overall design really isn’t a homage to Corvette’s past. Instead, this looks like a Chevrolet that is attempting to compete with supercars from Ferrari and Lamborghini. This parity stems from the fact this C8 Corvette shares the same mid-engine layout as most Italian supercars.
Despite the unfamiliar design, Corvette enthusiasts will be pleased to know that a removable roof will still be an option. The leaked article also confirms there will be a couple different cargo locations, including a trunk at the front of the car, known as a frunk.
As expected, the C8 Corvette will be powered by an all-new 6.2-liter V-8, dubbed the LT2. Different from today’s LT1, this engine will generate 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to send this mid-engine Corvette from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds, according to Chevy. By comparison, today’s 755 horsepower ZR1 manages a similar stat.
Connected to this new V-8 is, sadly, only an automatic transmission. Chevy says the unit is a new dual-clutch eight-speed automatic, confirming rumors this ‘Vette would not offer a manual option.
The leak also confirmed Chevy will offer a Z51 Performance Package with upgraded brakes and exhaust and added cooling.
Expect to hear the rest of the details in the next couple of hours, unless they end up leaking out too.