The first-ever mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year, marking the third time it has earned this prestigious award.
The two previous times the Corvette won was in 1984 and 1998. Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer and Michael Simcoe, General Motors vice president of Global Design, accepted the award at an event at MotorTrend’s headquarters in El Segundo, California.
This mid-engine Corvette represents the fastest, most powerful entry-level Corvette in the vehicle’s history. It can reach 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds when it’s equipped with the Z51 Performance Package. It’s powered by the next-generation 6.2-liter Small Block V8 LT2 engine, which delivers 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
On the outside, the reimagined iconic vehicle has exotic proportions and a modern design inspired by racing and aeronautics. This brings a raised level of quality, customization, technology and craftsmanship to the Corvette.
Waiting for the new Corvette is hard even for MotorTrend Editor-in-Chief Edward Loh. He said, “We have been looking forward to the arrival of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette for so long, that you’d think there is no way it could live up to the weight of expectations.”
Based on the MotorTrend Car of the Year award, it’s safe to say the expectations will be met once Corvette production begins in February 2020. Make sure to reserve yours before then at Jack Schmitt Chevrolet!