The good people at Chevrolet gave us a preview drive of the 2020 Corvette Stingray a couple months ago, in which we were able to learn about many of the new mid-engine dream car’s technical developments.
But as a proper supercar now, the Corvette needed to demonstrate its capability on the racetrack, and now we’ve had a chance to test it there for ourselves.
It is important to frame the Stingray’s track driving prowess with a couple understandings. First is that Chevrolet insists that the Corvette, mid-engine or not, be a car that is comfortable enough to drive every day. What that means is that the 2020 Corvette has compliant suspension and durable all-season tires as its basic equipment and it offers magnetically adjustable shock absorbers and somewhat stickier, but still run-flat, summer tires as optional equipment.
It is also important to consider Chevrolet’s multi-level approach to Corvette equipment. The entry-level car is shockingly affordable, as demonstrated by the car we examined with a genuine, no-options $59,995 window sticker bottom line. This was a car that has the Corvette’s fabulous mid-engine proportions, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum wheels, LED headlights, 8-way power adjustable bucket seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a power tilt and telescoping column, and a Bose 10-speaker premium sound system.