The Chevrolet Corvette is a legendary American sports car that has captured the hearts and minds of drivers from New York to Florida. To stay on top, the Corvette has evolved to become even quicker and nimbler. In 2020, the eighth generation of Corvettes (C8) began with the introduction of the mid-engine design. Many Atlantic City drivers are still partial to the C7 front-engine models, and we offer both versions at Ciocca Corvette. Keep reading to see which Corvette variant suits you best.

Engine

The engine in the new C8 Chevy Corvette is not much different from the motor used in previous models, but it produces more horsepower. The C7 Corvette came standard with a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that made 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The C8 Corvette also uses a 6.2-liter V8, but this version puts out up to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. People in Baltimore will appreciate the C8 Corvette’s instantaneous acceleration for easy passing on I-95. By comparison:

  • The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 (prior to 2020) could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds.
  • The Chevrolet Corvette C8 (2020 to present) can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds.

If more available horsepower is your thing, the C7 Chevy Corvette offers more muscular engine options than the C8, which only has one. The C7’s two available upgrades include retuned V8 motors that produce 650 horsepower in the Corvette Z06 and 750 horsepower in the Corvette ZR1. However, in direct tests organized by Car and Driver, the C8 was able to brake later and accelerate faster in and out of turns than the C7. The C8's best lap tie was 0.9 second quicker than that of the C7.

Design

What’s more dramatically different about the C8 Chevy Corvette is its design. Chevrolet moved the Corvette’s engine back and its cabin 16.5 inches forward in 2020 for a revolutionary new mid-engine platform. You can now see the engine through the Corvette’s clear rear hatch. This revised positioning translates to better weight balance between the front and rear of the C8 Corvette for more poised handling on twisty roads in Washington. Its low hood and large windshield enable excellent outward visibility.

Steering and Transmission

The C8 Chevy Corvette’s new design uses a short, straight, and stiff steering system with a quicker 15.7:1 ratio (down from 16.25:1 in the C7 Corvette). New York drivers who like the feel of driving a stick will prefer the C7 Corvette, which is available with a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The C8 Corvette’s sole transmission is an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic that can be controlled either by a push-button gear selector on the center console or with two steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.

Suspension Systems

The C7 Chevrolet Corvette came standard with a rear transverse leaf spring suspension, but the new C8 version has double-wishbone suspensions with coil-over dampers in the front and rear for a gentler ride. Both the C7 and the C8 offer Magnetic Selective Ride Control, which automatically adjusts to the road conditions for greater comfort or sportiness.

Contact Ciocca Corvette of Atlantic City to Schedule a Test Drive in a New Corvette

Both the C7 Chevy Corvette and the new C8 Corvette have blistering acceleration and deft handling. The C8 has more standard horsepower, but the C7 offers more potent engine options if you need more speed. The C8 Chevy Corvette’s mid-engine design gives it better weight balance for enhanced driving dynamics. Ciocca Corvette of Atlantic City has both ‘Vette versions in a wide array of colors and trims. Contact us to set up a test drive in a new Corvette soon.

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