The 2020 Corvette represents a major change for the popular American sports car model. Ever since its introduction in 1953, every Corvette has a front-facing engine under the hood, just like other cars do. The 2020 Corvette has an engine on the rear seats, more or less in the middle of the car. It follows the pattern of most high-cost exotic sports cars, such as the Lamborghinis, McLarens and some Ferraris.
Except the Corvette is not an exotic with high cost. Prices for the base version start at about $ 60,000 compared to $ 200,000 or more for European exotics.
And the Corvette isn't just as good as those cars, Rechtin says. It's just as good despite the cost, less.
"You can put this thing against any of the mid-engine cars from Europe and in equal footing," he said.
In addition to its driving performance, both on public roads and at racetracks, MotorTrend's staff also praised the Corvette's interior materials and design – the Corvettes' previous items, while good, were criticism – as well as comfort and convenience.
"It brings the Corvette closer to the Porsche 911 in terms of being an accessible and reliable 24/7 supercar than at any time since the '60s," said Angus MacKenzie, chief of the international bureau of MotorTrend.