Chevrolet Confirms Corvette’s Sub Three-Second 0-60 Time Really Will be Under Three Seconds

When they launched the C8 Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet told us that it could hit 60 mph in under three seconds, when equipped with the Z51 package. We all assumed that to mean 2.9 seconds, because if it was 2.8 they would have said so. Now we know for sure. The new Corvette, the base model, can hit 60 mph from a stop in 3.0 seconds, Chevy says. And the Z51 can do it in… 2.9.

“The performance of the 2020 Stingray has far exceeded our expectations,” said Alex MacDonald, Chevrolet vehicle performance manager. “Moving more weight over the rear wheels helps us get off the line quicker, but it’s the integration between the powertrain and chassis that really takes the performance to new levels.”

And it sure is quick. We can’t think of anything else for $60k that can accomplish the feat, and no, your salvage title GT-R doesn’t count, and neither does the turbo LS you put in your pickup that “can totally smoke this turd.” We don’t believe you anyway.

Even more impressive are the quarter-mile times. Largely because tweaking gear ratios can cut half a second or more out of 0-60, but it’s harder to cheat the quarter. The C8 can do the 1320 in 11.2 seconds, with a 123 mph trap speed for the standard model and a slightly sluggish 121 for the Z51. Blame the extra downforce cutting into acceleration at speed slightly.

Of course, Chevrolet wants to remind you that this is the only naturally aspirated V8 in the segment, though we’re curious as to what vehicles, exactly, it considers to be in the same segment as this one. “The LT2 is one of our best efforts yet in Corvette’s history of naturally aspirated high performance Small Block V-8 engines,” said Jordan Lee, GM’s global Chief Engineer of Small Block engines. “This engine is incredibly powerful and responsive. Power is readily available when the driver needs it.”