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The 2020 C8 Corvette Will Start Under $60,000

Image: Chevrolet
Image: Chevrolet

General Motors just announced that the new 2020 Corvette will start at under $60,000. “What I can share with you tonight is this: When the 2020 Stingray goes on sale in the U.S., it will start at less than $60,000,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM, during the event livestream.


This is a huge deal. This C8 mid-engine Corvette is clearly a major step in Corvette history—one that we, and many others, feared would yield a significant bump in price. A $100,000+ price tag would take away from what has made the Corvette so compelling over the years, but a reasonable starting price for a 495 horsepower, mid-engine, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission-having Corvette? That could be a game-changer, as my coworker Raphael Orlove wrote:

But if the car costs what a regular front-engine Corvette does now or even just above it, say, at around an R35-esque $70,000 mark, things are different. Then GM is advancing the sports car narrative. It’s then offering an exotic car platform at a non-exotic price. It’s democratizing a mid-engine powerhouse, and it’s not coming from some low-volume manufacturer.


There’s still a lot we don’t know about the 2020 Corvette’s pricing, like how much the trim levels or options will demand. But we do know that the basic version of the mid-engine Corvette will cost under $60,000, and that alone is cause for excitement.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds. 60K starting price for the base model.

Oh Jalopnik.  You’re going to have to come up with some pretty good ideas on how folks should hate this car.   Good luck.