Is the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Really a 3.0 Second 0-60 MPH Car? Leaked 1/4-Mile Acceleration Numbers

Base C8 is an 11-second car, according to this report.

2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray Chevrolet
2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray (photo: Chevrolet)

Numbers gathered from a GM engineer’s notes:

At a recent Corvettes at Carlisle event in Harrisburg, PA, a major discovery about the 2020 Corvette C8 performance numbers may have been made. This is an annual Corvette event that attracts thousands of fans and, quite often, lots of General Motor’s engineers. According to member BJ67, the notes from a GM engineer were exposed and he took a ton of photos. Thus, he gained possible insight into the 2020 Corvette C8 performance numbers.

I say maybe and possible as there is a chance that these notes may not be legitimate or finalized. This is still speculation, although it looks pretty legit. There have been occasions where engineers deliberately leave false clues in obvious locations for grins. Still, it’s a hell of a find and most people who have seen the content agree that it looks believable.

This is one of several photos of the notes
(Photo: member BJ67)

Here’s what those notes reveal:

  • The notes say – 0 to 60 mph takes 3.0 seconds with the base model and 2.9 seconds with the Z51 package.
  • According to what was seen, the Corvette will have a quarter-mile time of 11.3 seconds at 121 miles per hour. We assume that’s the base model.
  • 0 to 100 mph is 7.6 seconds. It doesn’t show a different time for the base or Z51 package.
  • Maximum lateral G for the base model Corvette C8 was listed at 0.9G. That number increases to 1.0G with the Z51 package.
  • The base model’s 60 mph to 0 mph braking distance is listed at 115.1 feet. The Z51 Corvette takes 108.4 feet – according to the notes.
  • 3,535 pounds with fluids, and puts on another 42 pounds with the Z51 package, coming in at 3,577 pounds
  • Maximum speed listed is 193 mph. It doesn’t show any other top speed, nor does it note a difference between the base and Z51 package.

Once again, take these numbers with a grain of salt.

Let’s hope the numbers translate

Even if these numbers are off (they seem pretty close to announcements and expectations) this once again shows General Motors winning the numbers game. The real question will be, how will the car respond to being driven? That answer should present itself in the near future.

With all that GM is going through, from possibly killing or significantly altering many cars (including the 2023 Chevrolet Camaro), they need a hit. It’s beginning to look more and more like the Corvette C8 is exactly what they need. Let’s hope that it’s as good in real life as it is on paper.