Last night, we were wondering about the then-upcoming C8-generation Corvette. We’re no longer wondering as it’s finally been revealed. After years of rumors and speculation, the first-ever mid-engine Corvette has officially been made and it’s going to give cars like the Audi R8 a very hard time.
Much has been said about its exterior/interior styling by publications, journalists and fans around the globe. So we’re not going to discuss its design, inside or out, as that’s subjective and some might like it and some might not.
However, what we can talk about objectively is its performance. Behind the driver of the all-new C8 is a 6.2 liter small block V8, dubbed LT2, and it makes a very healthy 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. While the base model Audi R8 uses a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 to make 562 hp, more than the Corvette, it’s down on torque to the American supercar, only making 406 lb-ft.
According to Chevrolet, the new ‘Vette can get to 60 mph in under three seconds. No specific time has been quoted but the Bow-Tie brand claims the new ‘Vette can break into the two-second range with its optional Z51 package equipped. That’s a bit faster than the 3.4 second time to 60 mph from the R8 V10 Coupe.
Audi fans can claim the V10’s superior revving ability and its incredible noise but the ‘Vette’s low-end torque and American V8 burble are probably nice trade-offs.
In terms of handling and dynamics, this should be interesting. Obviously, we haven’t driven the new Corvette yet, as no one has, but it should be very impressive. The team at Chevy responsible for the famous sports car have proven that they know how to make a car handle. So while the Audi R8 is a great car to drive, its new American rival should as well. Plus, the ‘Vette will have the benefit of being rear-wheel drive, making it a bit more pure.
Where the C8 ‘Vette really punishes the Audi R8 is in its price. While the R8 is very expensive, starting at around $170,000, Chevy claims the new ‘Vette will start at under $60,000. So the R8, to start, is over $100,000 more than the new Corvette but slower and, potentially, less capable. That throws a big monkey wrench into not only Audi’s plans but every European automaker.
Again, we obviously haven’t driven the new ‘Vette so there’s no way to tell if it’s truly going to be a Euro sports car-killer just yet. However, on paper, it seems like it’s going to be tough to beat.