Ace of Base: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 1LT

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
ace of base 2020 chevrolet corvette stingray 1lt

You knew this Ace of Base would happen eventually. Ever since the dawn of time (or the moment Don Sherman started working at Car and Driver, whichever came first), speculation had been rife of an impending mid-engined Corvette. The shoe finally dropped last month, with the debut of Chevy’s eighth-gen Vette.

One huge detail? Its starting price of $59,995. For less than sixty grand, one will soon be able to plug themselves into the driver’s seat of America’s hot rod. What’s included (and not included?) in the base 1LT?

Standard equipment on the 1LT of course includes the 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine, lashed to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Note that the standard suspension is fitted to the base 1LT, with GM’s natty Magnetic Selective Ride Control costing an extra $1,895. The performance exhaust system is also a $1,195 option.

The main feature that will hoover extra Simoleons from your bank account? That would be the $5,000 Z51 Performance Package. This group fits the 1LT Corvette with the aforementioned performance exhaust, a performance suspension with manually adjustable threaded spring seats, and an electronic limited slip diff. Also onboard a Z51 are spoilers and splitters, larger-than-standard brake discs, Pilot Sport 4S summer rubber, and an ambiguous “enhanced cooling” ability.

Despite this, a no-options 1LT is hardly a stripper. All versions get a removable body color roof panel, 8-way power GT1 leather seats, Pilot Sport runflats, and all manner of interior comforts like dual climate control and a Bose 10-speaker sound system. That fabulous 12-inch configurable cluster display is included on all cars as well.

If you’re springing for a C8, this author heartily recommends the Z51 pack, as it imbues the car with the much talked about 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and retina-detaching acceleration. However, the base car is a remarkable achievement for less than $60,000 so its nameplate definitely earns a spot in the Ace of Base trophy case. But — if rumors are true — next year’s car will be the recipient of a price hike, so it is likely that only the 2020 model will boast a sub-$60k pricetag.

Best to get in on the ground floor, folks.

[Images: GM]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments and feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and priced in American Dollars. Your dealer may sell for less.

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  • Zhahn Doe Zhahn Doe on Aug 22, 2019

    I live in Ann Arbor, MI and we see a lot of autos in camouflage undergoing testing. I've seen the C8 a few times with the black and white camo wrap the last month or so cruising I94 and some some side roads. I think the style is an improvement on the C7 and C6, but of the models in the last 20 years I think the C5 is still the most well done aesthetically. This will draw a lot of attention, though, and definitely stands out in traffic (even with the camouflage I saw there were cars speeding up to check it out, including me!) If this does half as well as advertised, Chevy will have hit a big homerun.

  • SuperCarEnthusiast SuperCarEnthusiast on Sep 14, 2019

    Non Z51 0-60 time of 3.0! So it is .1 seconds slower! LOL!

  • Dave M. Although the effective takeover by Daimler is pooped upon, this is one they got right. I wasn't a fan of the LHs, mostly due to reported mechanical, NVH and build quality issues, but I though Chrysler hit it out of the park with the LXs. The other hyped release that year was the Ford Five Hundred, which, while a well-built car with superior interior space, couldn't hold a candle to the 300.
  • Art Vandelay I always liked those last FWD 300's. Been ages since I've seen one on the road though. Lots of time in the RWD ones as rentals. No complaints whatsoever.
  • Cardave5150 I've had 2 different 300's - an '08 300SRT and an '18 300C. Loved them both a LOT, although, by the time I had the second one, I wasn't altogether thrilled with the image of 300's out on the street, as projected by the 3rd or 4th buyers of the cars.I always thought that the car looked a little stubby behind the rear wheels - something that an extra 3-4" in the trunk area would have greatly helped.When the 300 was first launched, there were invitation-only meet-and-greets at the dealerships, reminding me of the old days when new model-year launches were HUGE. At my local dealer, they were all in formalwear (tuxes and elegant dresses) with a nice spread of food. They gave out crystal medallions of the 300 in a sweet little velvet box (I've got mine around the house somewhere). I talked to a sales guy for about 5 minutes before I asked if we could take one of the cars out (a 300C with the 5.7 Hemi). He acted like he'd been waiting all evening for someone to ask that - we jumped in the car and went out - that thing, for the time, seemed to fly.Corey - when it comes time for it, don't forget to mention the slightly-stretched wheelbase 300 (I think it was the 300L??). I've never found one for sale (not that I've looked THAT hard), as they only built them for a couple of years.
  • Jkross22 "I’m doing more for the planet by continuing to drive my vehicle than buying a new one for strictly frivolous reasons."It's not possible to repeat this too much.
  • Jeff S Got to give credit to Chrysler for putting the 300 as a rear wheel drive back on the market. This will be a future classic.