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2020 CORVETTE Stingray Pricing
With its new mid-engine configuration and sleek, modern sesign, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray offers unprecedented performance at a starting price of only $59,995. This Corvette pricing guide is complete with all the options to help you calculate Pricing!
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A bit of History
considered the father of Corvette, first encountered early mid-engine
vehicles in his youth, including the Auto Union Types C and D Grand Prix
The primary function of the "CERV-1", was to provide Chevrolet
engineers with a test platform from which direct visual studies were
made from all types of ride and handling behavior under amplified
conditions. In order to realistically amplify vehicle responses to
handling and road stimuli, the performance capability of the vehicle
must be extended far beyond that of regular passenger cars. In other
words, a high power-to-weight ratio is mandatory. By such means,
suspension phenomena that are extremely subtle, and thus difficult to
isolate within the performance capabilities of a regular passenger car,
may be studied and treated quantitatively with the "CERV-1". Another
fundamental factor in the experimental car's design is the visibility
afforded by the body design. The streamlined, abbreviated body encloses
the engine, transaxle, engine cooling system, and provide an open
cockpit for the driver, from which all four wheels, in contact with the
ground, are clearly visible. Some broad features of the "CERV-I" are:
extremely light weight to afford a horsepower-to-weight ratio such as
that usually associated with high performance aircraft; rear mounted
engine in unit with a fully synchronized four-speed transaxle; the only
passenger, the driver, sits well forward on the centerline of the car
for virtually optimum visibility, and all four wheels are independently
suspended to provide a high order of stability and positive handling.
Zora Arkus-Duntov, retired from GM in 1975, saw the mid-engine layout with the engine located ahead of the rear axle as the optimal configuration for weight distribution, excellent handling and forward visibility. Despite the layout’s innate performance benefits, its implementation in the scheme of mass manufacturing proved problematic.
CERV -V (1992) and CERV IV-B (1997)
On December 1992, General Motors' Corvette group secretly contracted with TDM, Inc. to build a test car of the 1997 Corvette, which was officially called CERV-4 (Corvette Engineering Research Vehicle). The Corvette group directed the project, with the Chevrolet division paying for it. General Motors management was not told about it, for fear of cancellation. It was unveiled by Corvette chief engineer Dave Hill on 1993-5-3 at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren. The build cost was about US$1.2 million.
It was a test mule vehicle for the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette C5. It includes 5.7L LT-1 V8 engine, 6-speed manual transmission axle, 4-wheel disc brakes, front 255/45ZR17 and rear 285/40ZR17 tires on BBS basket wheels, side curtains, no side window glass, and a modified production interior.
The vehicle was sold in 2009 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction for $34000 (before buyer premium). This car is currently on display in Effingham, IL at the MY Garage Museum owned by Michael and Blake Yager.
The previous mid-engine Corvettes were relegated to concept status by issues including engine cooling difficulties, limited passenger and luggage space, loudness and the inability to produce a convertible variant. Advances in development, aided by computer-assisted engineering and virtual reality, helped the current Corvette team carefully plot out the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s architecture. Engineers worked closely with designers to ensure that the vehicle’s form met all of the necessary performance benchmarks, while preserving the Corvette legacy.
Mid-engine was always part of Corvette’s destiny. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pays off the vision of thousands of people who came before it and lives up to Corvette’s core fundamentals of performance, functionality and attainability.
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