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2020 Corvette Stingray: Six decades in the making

Words by Nathan Irvine

Little Red Corvette.

The 2020 Corvette Stingray has been given an overhaul. Not only have the engineers worked their magic on the exterior to deliver one of the finest looking vehicles we’ve ever laid eyes on – they’ve also developed a mid-range engine. But why now and what took them so long?

We spoke to Farah Amhaz, Head of Brand, Chevrolet Africa and Middle East, about all this. Plus what the future holds for the iconic vehicle and the future of General Motors.

Farah Amhaz Head of Brand Chevrolet.

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Supplied Farah Amhaz, Head of Brand at Chevrolet Middle East.

On making the revolutionary leap…

“The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the culmination of 60 years of mid-engine experimentation. Chevrolet engineers had reached the limits of what was possible with the seventh-generation architecture, which was so good that the only way to beat it was to reinvent it. Advances in materials sciences and computer-aided engineering have enabled us to package mid-engine performance benefits with the drivability and utility that’s central to Corvette’s identity. While the mid-engine layout was always in Corvette’s destiny, now is the right time, bringing decades of experimentation to life – all while preserving the Corvette legacy.”

On an all-electric future…

“While we can’t speculate on rumors, we are committed to a future of zero emissions and zero crashes, and see this as a near reality. We’ve already announced that our upgraded electric architecture will debut in Cadillac vehicles, blending performance and clean technology with no compromise on luxury. With the all-electric future we foresee in mind, all of the technology rolling into current General Motors vehicles is meant to support this. Corvette has always represented the pinnacle of innovation and boundary-pushing, and this platform can carry a lot of different things into the future for General Motors.”

On what’s next for the Corvette Stingray…

“At the moment, we’re excited to fulfil the long-term promise of bringing the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette to life. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury. We’ve already demonstrated that we can redesign an icon, without losing the legacy of Corvette and it is thrilling to think of the possibilities unlocked by this reinvention and any future developments to come. Watch this space, you won’t want to miss what’s next.”

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