It was supposed to happen last year. Finally, the first 2020 Chevrolet Corvette has rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, marking the official beginning of the C8 generation. Production had been held up due to union labor negotiations.
The transition off the line marks the beginning of regular production. Models produced before today are considered pre-production.
The model that came off the line first is the one purchased at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January by NASCAR team owner and multi-franchise car dealer Rick Hendrick for $3 million. Proceeds from the sale benefited the Detroit Children’s
All models now in production are the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the first ‘Vette introduced as part of the new generation. It’s a mid-engine model with design lines reminiscent of a fighter jet- something that Corvette designers have long held into focus.
Powered by a 6.2-liter V8, the 2020 Corvette Stingray produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the available performance exhaust. This makes the new Corvette Stingray the most powerful entry level Corvette to date and as quick as a Ferrari 488 GTB.
Late last year AutomotiveMap’s Sue Mead was among the first journalists in the nation to test drive the model.
Initial vehicle shipments to dealers are expected to begin in late February or early March. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette starts just under $60,000 without destination and delivery factored in.