MotorTrend Motor Vehicle of the Year Award Winner Delivered to Los Angeles

MotorTrend Motor Vehicle of the Year Award Winner Delivered to Los Angeles

November 23, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is not even in full batch production yet, but it has already been named “Motor of the Year” by MotorTrend.

The MotorTrend editors announced the awarding of the nominees for the Car of the Year Award nominees at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday evening. In order to be nominated for a premium, a car must be available for sale or must go on sale during the 2019 calendar year. Corvette got the right because General Motors (GM) said it would start assembling the model at its famous Bowling Green, Kentucky factory by the end of December. Since then, production has been delayed until the beginning of next year due to a strike.

Vehicles must also be completely new or substantially modified from the previous year to qualify. Models that simply underwent easy restyling cannot be winners.

    According to MotorTrend, the new Chevrolet Corvette is as good as the more expensive European sports cars.

Recall that the model is driven by a 6.2-liter V8 LT2 series, which develops an impressive 490 hp. power and 630 Nm of torque. It is expected that this car, equipped with the Z51 Performance Package, will accelerate to 100 km / h in less than 3.0 seconds, which even does not closely correspond to the time of the Tesla Model S, in which this figure is 2.238 seconds.

Since its introduction in 1953, every Corvette has a front-mounted engine, like most other cars. Corvette 2020 has an engine behind the seats, almost in the center of the car. This matches the styling of most expensive exotic sports cars such as the Lamborghinis, McLarens and some Ferrari.

Except that the Corvette C8 is not an expensive exotic. Prices for the basic version start at $ 60,000, while European supercars are priced from $ 200,000.

    “This makes the Corvette closer to the Porsche 911 in terms of the availability and reliability of the 24/7 supercar than ever since the 60s,” – said Angus Mackenzie, head of MotorTrend’s international bureau.

Among the competitors that Corvette beat in the race for the prize was the Tesla Model 3.