2020 Corvette vs 2014-2019: C8 vs C7 differences compared side by side

Hyperbole time: The 2020 Corvette is the biggest change in the car’s history with the shift to a midengine layout. See just how much the C7 and C8 differ.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - frontC7
Despite the change in engine layout, Chevrolet has tried to carry over as many design elements as possible from the C7 (and earlier) to the C8.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - sideC7
The adoption of a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout is clearest side on. The long, flat bonnet is gone, replaced by the usually stubby nose of a mid-engine car. Where the passengers once used to sit right in front of the rear axle, the cabin has now adopted an extreme cab forward position, and the rear deck is much, much longer than before.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - rearC7
Chevy's designers have flipped the C7's glossy black plastic front fender vent and placed ahead of the rear wheels to feed air into the mid-engine V8.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - hoodC7
In the C7, the V8 engine lived under a vented bonnet, but in the C8 it's visible through a window. At launch the C7 Stingray had a 6.2L LT1 V8 with 455hp (339kW) and 460 lb-ft (624Nm), the C8 Stingray's 6.2L V8 has 495hp (369kW) and 470 lb-ft (637Nm).
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC7
All of the C8's highlights are sharp, but not too sharp. It's not a Lamborghini, after all.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - rear with quad central exhaustsC7
The C7 had an eye-catching four exhaust tips all lined up next to another. With the C8, they've been moved apart thanks to the mid-engine setup.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC7
If there's been one universal criticism of the Corvette, it's that its interiors have not been, uhh, very good. The new C8 seeks to rectify this, and brings it up to European standards. If you squint, the basic design is the same as before, but the execution is a world apart with lots of real leather and metal.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - interior, dashboardC7
The dashboard divider now houses a single row of buttons for the climate control system. That's, uh, very new and unique.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC7
Grippy front seats are always a part of the equation. The 2014 C7 Stingray had a 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds, while the Z51 version of the C8 will bring that in under 3 seconds.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - steering wheelC7
The C8 features a new two-spoke flat bottom steering wheel, a new high resolution infotainment system, and a fully digital instrumentation panel.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - taillampsC7
Chevrolet was criticised with the C7 for ditching the classic circular afterburner tail-lights for angled rectangular set. The C8 doubles down on this transition, and it's probably the least appealing part of the entire car's design.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - 7-speed manualC7
For the first time, the base Corvette isn't available with a manual transmission: it's an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission or nothing. Rumour has it later variants, with higher levels of performance, may be available with a manual. The 2014 C7 Stingray was available with a 7-speed manual or 6-speed auto.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayC8
2014 Chevrolet Corvette - Stingray badgeC7
For the C8, Chevrolet redesigned the Corvette's flag design. Like everything else with the C8, it's sharper than before. Like on the C7, the base C8 is known as the Stingray.

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2020 Corvette vs 2014-2019: C8 vs C7 differences compared side by side