Early C8 Corvette test cars had some daunting flaws, and Matt Farah wants to see if Chevy fixed those in customer cars

As more and more people start getting their brand new 2020 C8 Corvettes delivered on their driveways, we’re bound to see a sharp increase in the number of YouTube videos of those particular cars. Some are about the tech changes Chevy made compared to the C7 Corvette and some are about what people don’t like about the new mid-engine C8 Vette.

In the one you’re about to watch, however, The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah wants to see if Chevrolet did anything to fix the issues he spotted on some of the early-made test cars.

Apparently, Chevrolet pulled off a Tesla stunt with the C8 Corvette’s body panels

It Turns Out the Production Chevrolet C8 Corvette Has Some Panel Gaps Issues
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During his time with the C8 Corvette he drove on the circuit for Road&Track, Matt noticed that the early-production vehicle had some gearbox programming issues as well as fit and finish faults that were pretty unacceptable on a car that starts at just under $60,000.

Of course, since then, GM and Chevy had a lot of time to address these mishaps and that’s what makes the subject of the video.

With a little help from a viewer that lends him his C8 Corvette, Matt goes on to see whether Chevy fixed the misfortunes mentioned above.
It Turns Out the Production Chevrolet C8 Corvette Has Some Panel Gaps Issues
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So, first up, the gearbox. Without “beating the crap out of Brian’s Corvette,” Matt finds out that Chevy took, in fact, the time to tweak the gearbox calibration and it now works like a charm, aided by the C8’s “beautiful ride” and the smooth downshifts.

Now, as far as issue number two is concerned, Mr. Farah reveals that GM officials present with the car on the track mentioned that customer-ready vehicles will be a lot nicer in terms of assembly quality and whatnot.

Well, it’s not the case of this particular C8 which has a lot of off-set panels and gaps, too, between them.
It Turns Out the Production Chevrolet C8 Corvette Has Some Panel Gaps Issues
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So, the question is, is that sort of sloppy assembly work acceptable on a car? Especially on one that costs $60,000 in its most basic version and has to compete with fault-free Porsches and McLarens? We don’t think so. What about you?

Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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