The Corvette C8 was the first production Corvette to have a rear mid-engine configuration. It was also GM’s first rear mid-engine production car had a Pontiac Fiero. The base engine was a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 (called the LT2), which generates 465 horsepower (347 kW) and 470 lb⋅ft (637 N⋅m) of torque when equipped with either the performance exhaust package or Z51 performance package. The C8 was the first Corvette to be offered without a while the convertible was the first Corvette with a retractable hardtop
The Chevrolet Corvette includes an LT1 6.2 L V8 (376 cu in) making 455 hp (339 kW) or 460 hp (340 kW) with the optional performance exhaust. The LT1 engine is in the Gen V family of small block engines, which will be used in GM vehicles as the new small V8 option. It features three advanced technologies to the new LT1 V8 engine, variable valve timing, and an active fuel management system. The Corvette remains rear-wheel drive with the transaxle located in the rear. Transmission choices include a 7-speed manual or a 6-speed/ 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The new interior includes wide-bottom seats as standard, with sportier versions with side bolsters optional. The Corvette’s logo has been revised for the new car and a small casting of a stingray has been added to the car’s ornamentation.
Features of the new generation’s structure hood and removable roof panel. The fenders, doors, and rear quarter panels remain composite. At the rear of the car, the trademark round taillights have changed to a more squarish form. Luggage space decreased by 33% from the previous generation’s.The overall weight of the car was not announced by General Motors for many months after its first showing. Despite the increased use of aluminum and other light materials, In ,the new Corvette was reported to be 3,444 lb (1,562 kg),meaning it would weigh more than the previous generation’s C6 ZR1 model (3,324 lb (1,508 kg)). The ZR1 C6 a supercharger and intercooler on its 6.2L engine.