Well, this is an interesting feature…

When we sat elbow to elbow in the massive crowd awaiting Chevy’s reveal of the C8 Corvette, anticipation grew by the second. It was quite the show, but we didn’t learn everything there was to learn about the car. One such example is that the C8’s removable roof takes up a ton of cargo room when stored. And, let’s not forget about the recently discovered panel gap issues. Well, now we can tell you that there’s another weird feature: The C8’s frunk will serve as a makeshift speed limiter.

2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Speed Limited

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Okay, so I know the claim that the frunk can serve as a speed limiter is a little weird, but hear me out. Apparently, if the frunk isn’t properly latched, the C8 Corvette is automatically limited to a top speed of 82 mph. Now, this is obviously a safety feature and not a real way to limit speed, but it begs the question as to why all vehicles haven’t had this feature for the last 15 years or so. After all, if you’ve experienced or even seen the videos of a hood flying up and smacking the windshield, you know it’s a very, very dangerous event.

And, that’s exactly why you shouldn’t use the C8’s frunk as a speed limiter. If you browse through the C8’s owners manual, it even advises you not to do it. I guess you have to give GM credit for predicting that at least some idiots would try to actually make use of this feature. The direct quote from the manual reads, “Always close the hood completely before driving.”

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On that note, there’s also a nanny warning system. You know, like the one that reminds the more embarrassing part of the human population that they have a kid in the back seat. Should you try to drive with the funk open, a message pops up on the instrument cluster and alerts you of the 82 mph top speed.

This is just one of a few recent tidbits we’ve learned about the C8 Vette. Recently, we learned that the C8 Zora is due in 2025 with 1,000 horsepower and, while the C8 coupe is still being delivered amid the pandemic, the C8 convertible has been delayed until 2021. We’ve also learned a bit about the 2021 C8 Corvette, and there’s some vital information that you need to know.

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Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine 6.2-liter, naturally-aspirated, LT2 V-8
Power 495 horses
Torque 470 pound-feet
Transmission Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox
0-60 mph 2.9 seconds
Top Speed 190 mph
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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