The 2020 Chevy Corvette’s Top Speed Is Nearly 200 MPH
Another fun fact? The fastest C8 Corvette is the cheapest, but it isn’t the quickest. Let us explain.
Cad and Driver
By Alexander Stoklosa
Aug 15, 2019
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- The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8's top track speed is claimed to be 194 mph.
- That top speed applies, for now, only to the base mid-engined Corvette Stingray.
- Versions equipped with Chevy's optional Z51 performance package achieve a lower top speed.
Chevrolet dropped a brief mention of the all-new mid-engined Corvette Stingray's top speed into a press release about the sports car's price. So, as you can imagine, we took notice. As impressive as it is that the C8 Corvette starts under $60,000, that sub-$60K model is said to be capable of 194 mph
Oddly enough, that top speed applies (so far) only to the entry-level 2020 Corvette. Models equipped with Chevy's optional Z51 performance package achieve a lower, undisclosed top speed due to the added drag from its downforce-enhancing aerodynamic bits. The payoff for more downforce is, typically, greater drag—a parasite on cars' high-speed abilities if not offset by more engine power.
So, why would anyone opt for the Z51 kit if it means living with a top speed south of 194 mph? That's easy: the Z51-equipped C8 Corvette, like the Z51 models that came before it, should offer a boost in other, everyday performance metrics. That model is likely to stop shorter, grip harder, and change direction more readily, all while providing additional engine and systems cooling for weathering on-track abuse.