It’s funny how we keep learning stuff about the C8 almost one year after debut

The C8 Corvette met the world in July 2019 and at the time of this writing, the first-ever mid-engined Vette still had some quirks to reveal.

We’ve seen videos of owners complaining about their new C8 as well as praising the sports car but this time around, a neat find from GM Authority reveals a rather interesting safety net.

With the front trunk unlatched, the C8 won’t go faster than 82 mph (132 kph)

As you know, the 2020 C8 Corvette has two cargo storage compartments: one in the rear, although it has nothing to do with a traditional trunk and one in front, hidden under the hood, like we see on most mid-engine supercars/sports-cars out there.

And here comes the juicy stuff. According to GM Authority, some new 2020 Corvette owners discovered that when the front hood is unlatched, the Vette’s instrument cluster pops up a message saying "Hood Open 82 MPH Top Speed."

For some reason, the car’s electronic brain decides to limit top speed at this specific value, although in all fairness, it’s still quite high to drive around with the hood unsecured.

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Obviously, GM clearly specifies in the C8 owner manual that you shouldn’t drive with the front hood unlatched period, regardless at what speed:

Do not drive the vehicle if the hood is not latched completely. The hood could open fully, block your vision, and cause a crash. You or others could be injured. Always close the hood completely before driving.

Well, we guess this is pretty much common sense, actually, although we acknowledge that some might be tempted to ignore such recommendation as they look to enjoy the C8 Corvette’s 6.2-liter, 490-horsepower, 465-pound-feet LT2 V-8.

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But seriously now, don’t do it. Just stay safe out there and just don’t drive around with the frunk lid unlatched.

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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