Chevrolet Unleashes Fastest and Most Powerful Corvette Stingray Ever

The speedy new mid-engine Vette gave up its stick shift to make way for a 12-inch touchscreen.
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The all-new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can not only go head-to-head with most European supercars on the race track, but it pretty much smokes them in the value department.

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Chevy is claiming a sub-three-second zero-to-60 mph time courtesy of the naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V8 when the entry-level coupe is equipped with the Z51 performance package's upgraded suspension and exhaust. 

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That's right up there with base offerings from across the pond—a half-second quicker than the Ferrari Portofino and right on par with the Lamborghini Huracan. Those both cost over $200,000, but the Stingray will start at under $60,000.

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All 495 horsepower is fed through Chevrolet's first dual-clutch eight-speed transmission, which is controlled via paddle shifters. Sorry, purists—the stick is gone. 

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As expected, this is also the first mid-engine 'Vette. That means it has a lower center of gravity and should handle better in corners.

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Aesthetically, it looks more like a ZR1 than any preceding Stingray, with aggro angles and fenders, massive front and side intakes, quad exhaust tips and bulky haunches. Like past Corvettes, the roof panel is also removable. 

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Inside, the cockpit boasts Corvette's next-gen infotainment system, one-touch Bluetooth pairing, wireless charging, learn-as-you-go voice recognition, and a new, 12-inch instrument cluster. 

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Without a doubt, the new Stingray is rad. But if Chevy is loading up the entry 2020 Corvette like this, we can't help but wonder: What's in store for the new flagship?