Redesigning the American Muscle Car

Naman Shukla, Columnist

One of the hottest and most anticipated automotive news for 2020 was the release of the 2020 Corvette C8. Chevrolet, the manufacturer of the Corvette, surprised everybody with the C8 as it surpasses the standard for the classic American muscle car. Ever since the first generation of Corvette, the C1, the lineup has always been for its muscle car design and front-mounted engine. Chevrolet has completely scrapped the standard and released essentially a brand new vehicle.

The Corvette got a massive visual overhaul, with a design that parallels supercars from makers such as Ferrari with its sweeping lines and cutting design. In terms of the powertrain, the C8 still has the classic V-8 engine, a normality for many American muscle cars. However, the car has a mid-engine layout, which places the engine behind the driver. This design also mimics luxury cars in which the engine is placed at the rear of the vehicle and has notable benefits. For a car that has almost 500 horsepower and does 0-60 in less than three seconds, placing the heaviest part of the vehicle right over the rear tires improves grip significantly. Also with a smaller front end, the car will have increased visibility as well. Chevrolet promises that the driving experience of the new C8 will be better than any Corvette previously made.

However the biggest surprise of the C8 Corvette was the price. A buyers expected the cost of the vehicle to skyrocket due to a completely revamped design, the C8 starts at around $60,000, not too far from the last generation. Chevrolet did not want to “walk away from the customer base.” As more C8 Corvettes have been spotted since the release, and the 2021 model awaiting release, the Corvette continues to be a supercar rival with “obtainable performance.”