It’s more than just a Corvette evolution

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The Chevrolet Corvette C8 doesn’t just represent a big leap in the way the sports car is presented. It also represents a change in a philosophy that has remained in place for almost 70 years and across seven generations worth of Corvette models. The C8 isn’t just a successor to the C7, at least not in the traditional sense. It’s a different model altogether. There are shared roots, sure, but the Corvette that we knew before was wiped clean when Chevrolet introduced the first-ever mid-engine Corvette last year. The jury is still out on whether that’s a good or bad thing, but the folks over at Everyday Driver laid everything out neatly, comparing the Corvette C7 with its successor in several different ways and measurements. The episode lasts 20 minutes long, but it is 20 minutes spent wisely. Find time to watch it, and perhaps you might find a greater appreciation for how the Corvette has evolved to become what it is today.

It’s easy to look at the Corvette C8 and admit that while it is a far departure from past Corvette generations, the nameplate’s heritage is still there.

That’s true in many respects, particularly in several design elements that are aesthetically true to the Vette. For the most part, though, the Corvette C8 is different from any Corvette that has come before it. That sits at the crux of this episode from Everyday Driver. Hosts Paul Schmucker and Todd Deeken discuss that at length, comparing the C7 Corvette with the C8 Corvette and a lot that goes on with it.

Stacking the C7 Corvette Against the C8 - It's Not What You Think
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Without diving into too many of the episode’s details — it’s a must-watch if you’re interested in all things Corvette — Shmucker and Deepen go in-depth on what makes the C8 Corvette different from its predecessor. The exterior looks different in the most obvious of ways. The C8’s hood is shorter and the rear more pronounced. That’s a by-product of the C8s mid-engine layout. it looks more like a proper GT sports car, which, in some ways, was Chevrolet’s goal. It’s the same story in the interior where the C8 looks far more advanced than anything Chevrolet has created in the Corvette’s long heritage. The two also compare the C8’s power and performance capabilities, specifically the advancements of the C8’s LT2 engine compared to the C7’s LT1 unit and the performance improvements that have come out of it.

Stacking the C7 Corvette Against the C8 - It's Not What You Think
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Ultimately, the episode shines a light on how far the Corvette has come. The C8 marks a huge leap, not just in the sports car’s presentation and performance, but, more importantly, on how the Corvette nameplate evolves from here on out. The mid-engine C8 Corvette might just be the beginning.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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