Updated: Aug 6, 2020
The eighth generation of Chevrolet’s iconic sports car, the Corvette, is now in production with many owners already taking delivery across the country.
This is the first production model in the Corvette line-up to feature a rear mid-engine layout and has already got the automotive world hot under the collar. But is it a serious contender to other current model sports cars and even supercars in its class and will this be the model that reinvigorates the Corvette brand?
The Chevrolet Corvette C8 comes standard with a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 direct-injection engine that boasts 490 horsepower, up to 495 hp if you get the optional Performance Exhaust package or the Z51 Performance Package.
Coupled to that engine is an eight-speed Tremec dual-clutch transmission, offering drivers the best of both worlds when it comes to manual and automatic gearboxes.
With precision shifts that occur as fast as 100 milliseconds, the C8 Corvette will get you from zero to 60 mph in a jaw-dropping quick 2.9 seconds.
As you can appreciate, that level of performance puts the Chevrolet Corvette C8 on a par with established supercars such as the Ferrari 488 Pistaor the Porsche 911 GT3. It’s even 0.2 seconds quicker than the previous generation C7 Corvette in terms of 0 to 60 mph times.
If you’ve driven previous iterations of the Corvette, you may find the handling in the C8 is somewhat alien in many respects. Due to the fact this new model boasts a mid-engine layout, it offers a different driving dynamic to previous generations.
The C8 Corvette has a 60/40 (rear/front) weight distribution with the mid-engine layout, so you’ll have to adjust your driving style from what you may be use to with previous generation Corvette. Even with those adjustments, this car offers a gratifying and enjoyable driving experience that will be welcomed by many previous gen Corvette owners.
Inside the cockpit, drivers can fine-tune the Chevrolet Corvette C8’s handling thanks to a dozen performance driving “modes” that are electronically-selectable.
And if you’ve opted for the Z51 Performance Package, you’ll find your handling is even-more precise thanks to the Magnetic Ride Control 4.0.
There’s no denying that Chevrolet wanted to create something truly compelling that meets the needs of even the most demanding of drivers.
The legendary Corvette is a model with a reputation to uphold, and when it comes to the C8’s exterior styling, that reputation is still intact.
When you first set eyes on the C8 Chevrolet Corvette, one thing you’ll notice is its sculpted looks and “mean” front-end stance. The CarBuzzautomotive blog even makes a point of talking about the C8’s “radical cab-forward design” and “genuine supercar proportions.”
Looking at the sides of the C8, you may think there are no door handles. They are in fact there and on the car’s exterior; they’re just hidden to create a clean and sleek appearance. Chevrolet also says doing so has improved the car’s aerodynamics as well.
The C8 sits on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels, and new owners can select one of two designs. When it comes to deciding on paint colors, you have the choice of 12 different options as standard: three monochromatic, five metallic, and four “premium” options.
Are you worried about the front-end scraping on low curbs or speed bumps on the road? There is a Front Lift system that can hydraulically lift the front-end by almost two inches at speeds of up to 24 mph.
The C8 Chevrolet Corvette is genuinely an American sports car that will put many Italian and German supercars to shame, especially in the design department and even more so at the price point as compared to its competitors.
Interior Design & Technology
Step inside of the C8 Corvette, and you’ll immediately realize this new generation looks like no other.
Yes, some previous iterations oozed premium quality and style. But, the C8’s interior design has a genuinely 21st-century technological feel and is much more driver-focused than previous generations.
Sitting in the driver’s seat, you’re immediately presented with a racing-style, multi-functional steering wheel that sits in front of a digital instrument cluster. And talking of digital technology, the center console sports a full-color infotainment system.
Drivers can take advantage of cutting-edge technology such as the Performance Data Recorder, perfect for track-day events. And there’s a color HUD (Head-Up Display) available too.
Meanwhile, the vertical climate controls will no doubt conjure up feelings of sitting inside the cockpit of a fighter jet, as does the figure-hugging competition leather bucket seats.
Is the C8 any better than previous Corvettes?
In a word, yes. The C8 Chevrolet Corvette hasn’t just evolved from previous generations; it’s also revolutionized the American sports car industry.
Even when you compare the C8 against the preceding C7 model, this new model is something of a game-changer in the sports car, supercar, and even hypercar markets. The C8 has got many motoring journalists excited and for many good reasons.
Car and Driversaid that the C8 offers “supercar performance at an amazing price,” and the engine is “as good as we could have imagined.”
Across the Atlantic, the UK’s Top Gearwebsite emphasizes how the C8 is comparable to other performance vehicles like the Ford Mustang GT500 and Porsche 911. It also hails the model’s availability: the C8 will be available in right-hand-drive format globally.
Final thoughts on the C8 Corvette
If you’re looking for a new sports car that will easily take on many of today’s supercars and hypercars, there’s plenty of choice on the market.
But, the one that seemingly offers the right blend of performance, build quality, style, and value for money has to be the C8 Chevrolet Corvette. Plus, if you opt for the Z51 Performance Package, you’ll have a further enhanced American muscle car.
There’s no denying the C8 Chevrolet Corvette is impressive on paper as it is when you get behind the wheel. Should you buy one instead of established market favorites like the Porsche 911 GT3, for example? Absolutely!