The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Has a Frunk Problem
Back in May we brought you a fun little tidbit about how the C8 Corvette’s frunk acts as a speed limiter. Well, that was a fun twist, but the idea is that if the frunk isn’t securely latched, there are visual and audible warnings inside and the car’s speed is limited to 82 mph. Now, complaints are starting to show up in forums and directly to the NSHTA with claims that the C8 Corvette’s frunk is randomly opening at speed, blocking the view of the driver, damaging the vehicle, and — obviously – creating a very dangerous scenario.
Chevrolet C8 Corvette by Extreme Turbo Systems
The Chevrolet Corvette C8 is awesome in it of itself. With 495 horsepower on tap in the Z51 guise, the 2020 Vette can set a blistering pace, taking only three seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. So if a 495-horsepower Corvette C8 Z51 is already capable of such speeds, imagine what a 736-horsepower Corvette C8 is capable of when it goes under the tuning ringer.
Extreme Turbo Systems — the name says it all — recently worked on a bone stock Corvette C8 Z51 with the goal of raising its power to supercar levels. The tuning firm even released a video of the Vette C8 strapped to a dyno rig, undergoing serious testing. The video isn’t particularly exciting, but make no mistake about it, this Corvette C8 Z51 isn’t your typical 2020 Corvette. You might even say that this Vette can give the Lamborghini Aventador S a serious run for its money.
Sigala Designs Is Currently Designing a Widebody Kit for the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
Production of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 might not go as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic, but tuning companies are still gearing up to deliver aftermarket parts and kits for the American sports car. The folks over at Sigala Designs are working on a new widebody kit for the Corvette C8 and their latest teaser suggests that it will turn the mid-engined Chevy into an even more aggressive beast.
People Are Missing The Point of This Race Between a Hennessey-Modded C8 Corvette and a Bone Stock C7 Corvette
It’s almost every day that we stumble upon a new drag racing video. The usual suspects are supercars that, barely tuned, can do insane quarter-mile times or multi-car races attempting to show viewers which car from a certain segment is the best at going really quickly and at stopping.
Then there’s the sort of video we have here today for you where someone pits a stock car against a modified one and then, mouths wide open, we watch as the one that should win duly wins. But there’s more to it than just that.
This Widebody C8 Corvette is the Mid-Engined Chevy We Deserved
The first mid-engined Corvette in history, the C8 is one cool sports car that’s closer than ever to supercar territory. Sadly, production of the C8 was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Chevy won’t build additional 2020 model year cars. It also seems that the 2021 model year will be a short production year too, so getting a C8 will be rather tricky in the next six to 12 months. Production of the Z06, ZR1, and Zora are also postponed, but if you’re a fan of beefed-up Corvettes, Car MStyle Design just posted a widebody concept of the C8 to keep you excited.
Is This The Most Expensive 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette?
GM pledged to keep the price of the Corvette C8 down and kept its promise with the announcement that the first mid-engined ’Vette will start from just $59,995. It is, then, only natural that we should take a peek at the other end of the scale and try to find some really expensive Corvette C8s. With neither the Z06 or the ZR1 out yet, this fully loaded C8 may just be one of the most expensive out there. For now, at least.
Callaway Cars is arguably one of the most recognizable American specialty manufacturer in the business today. It’s been around since 1977, and in the 43 years that it’s been around, the company has been responsible for a lot of builds, programs, and projects, including its main series of projects, all of which are identified with a “C,” followed by a specific project number. The most recent of these projects was the C21 Aerowagen, a coach-built shooting brake version of the Chevrolet Corvette C7 that was launched in 2017.
This introduction is important because Callaway is in the process of building a special program for the all-new Corvette C8. It’s unclear if this project will be identified as the “C22,” but it remains no less significant in part due to the Corvette C8’s status as the first-ever mid-engine Corvette in the nameplate’s long and illustrious history. For now, the program isn’t close to being completed, but that didn’t stop Callaway from previewing a few of the program’s more notable items, including a new generation of the company’s famed “Double-D” exhaust system. There’s more to this program than the exhaust, and, needless to say, we can’t wait for what Callaway has in store for the mighty Corvette C8.
For $3,000 You Can Have Lambo Doors Installed on your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
Most Lamborghinis have abandoned them, tuners consider them a relic of the ’00s and you’d be hard-pressed to find any modern car they are suited to, yet, for just $3,000, Eikon Motorsports offers to fit scissor doors to your C8 for that obnoxious NFS Underground 2 feel. Sadly, light bars and smoke canons are not included.
The Chevy C8 Corvette’s Frunk Is a Makeshift Speed-Limiter, But You Shouldn’t Rely On It
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.
You Should Probably Skip Buying a 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette Too
Back in April, we learned that the convertible version of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 won’t see the light of day in 2020. With the plant at Bowling Green closed off due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chevrolet decided to skip the drop-top for the 2020 model year, delaying it for 2021. But now it seems that the Convertible might see an even longer delay, as the coupe model itself is also missing out on a big part of the 2021 model year. Chevy says that it will begin taking orders for the 2021 Corvette in late May, but we still don’t know when production will restart. May 18 is the latest target for that, but it could change depending on how the pandemic evolves.
The 2020 C8 Corvette’s Frunk Acts as Speed Limiter
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.
The C8 Corvette’s Hardtop Isn’t Exactly Easy on Rear Cargo Room
The Corvette has had a removable hardtop for decades, so it only makes sense that the mid-engined C8 Corvette would carry on that tradition, even if a full-on convertible is also available. On the coupe model, the roof lifts off and can be stored in the rear cargo space – a nice solution that prevents you from having to leave it at home, but with cargo room on sports cars at a premium, and even more so on mid-engined cars, it leaves on to wonder just how much cargo room the C8’s hardtop takes up.
It Turns Out the Production Chevrolet C8 Corvette Has Some Panel Gaps Issues
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.
The Chevy C8 Zora Corvette Due in 2025 With 1,000 Horsepower and an Attitude
Initially rumored to arrive a couple of years after the base C8 Corvette, the Zora is reportedly due to break cover in 2025. The range-topping Zora will follow new-generation models of the Z06, Grand Sport, and ZR1. The original plan was to introduce them starting with the 2022 model year, but the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted GM to shut down its factories, will probably cause one-year delays for every model.
10 Cars That Prove that the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is a Better Value For Your Money
The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is arguably one of the most important models in the nameplate’s entire history. We all know that it’s the first-ever mid-engine Corvette, and while that distinction is special enough on its own, there’re more to it than that, too. The base version of the Corvette C8 packs an equally new 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The numbers don’t really scream “supercar!” in the way other models on this list do, but this is one of those times when brochure numbers are a bit misleading.
The ‘Vette C8’s new LT2 engine is a proper race-bred engine built specifically for this iteration of the Corvette. It’s the fastest revving V-8 engine that General Motors has and, despite the impressive output, the LT2 V-8 also scores top marks in fuel efficiency. The Corvette C8’s Tremec-sourced eight-speed dual-clutch transmission was also made specifically for the Corvette C8, checking all the boxes for efficiency along the way. Line those up together and the Corvette C8’s ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and hit a top speed that should reach 190-plus mph is beyond impressive, especially when you consider that this model costs less than $60,000. Simply put, there’s no other car in the market today that can give you that kind of bang for the buck that’s required to buy one. Yes, that includes the supercars on this list.
This Five-Car Mashup Rendering Is the Epitome of Unfulfilled Desire
Renderings often serve as a fun expression of what we expect from new cars or the evolution of current cars. Sometimes, people create fun, unique renderings that look back on iconic cars from the past with a modern twist of what they would look like today. Every now and then, however, something truly amazing comes to digital life, and that’s the case with the rendering we’re about to discuss here. In short, someone took styling cues from a handful of cars that are iconic in their own right and created an all new car that has never existed and never will exist. Is this what it would look like if some of the greatest car companies in the world came together to build a truly unique supercar?
The Chevrolet Corvette C8 Now Has an Official Nurburgring Lap Time
After months of waiting and speculating, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 now has an official Nurburgring lap time. There were rumors that the eighth-generation Corvette — it’s also the first-ever mid-engine Corvette — posted a lap time of 7:28.30 around the famous race track, but TheDrive managed to catch the sports car’s alleged lap time — 7:29.9 — in a trailer for a two-part Corvette C8 documentary.
Well, Chevrolet has since confirmed that the Corvette C8 did post a 7:29.9 lap time. There you have it, folks. The eighth-generation Corvette C8 now has an official Nurburgring lap time. It’s not as fast as we thought it was going to be, but it’s still faster than a lot of performance cars that cost more than double the amount you’ll have to pay to go home with a Corvette C8.
Chevy is Reportedly Canceling Some Dealer Allocations of the 2020 C8 Corvette – But It’s Not What You Think
A video posted by Chevy Dude, a Youtuber and Chevy Salesman that tends to get a lot of insider information, has brought forth news that Chevy is revoking or canceling C8 Corvette allocations to dealers nationwide. The amount of allocations is said to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 percent. Right off the bat, this sounds troubling, especially if you’ve placed an order, but it’s not as cut and dry as it sounds.
The C8 Corvette Z06 Is Taking Aim at the Porsche 911 GT2 RS on the Track!
If you’re about tired of hearing news about the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, well, this is only the beginning. We still have, at the very least, the C8 Corvette ZR1 and the C8 Corvette Z06, the latter of which is set to make its debut next and was just spotted sitting next to a 991-gen Porsche 911 GT2 RS – the proverbial best of the best on the track. What does this mean for the Corvette Z06?
Would You Buy a Chevrolet Corvette SUV If It Looked Like This?
Ford took the Mustang name and slapped it on a crossover, albeit of the electric ilk, together with the Mach-E badge. So, the obvious question was whether Chevrolet will do the same with one of its nameplates, and the Corvette, not the Camaro, was forwarded as a potential name for a high-riding Chevy.
Of course, Chevy might or might not build a Corvette-based SUV, but if it did, what would it look like? One answer comes from TheSketchMonkey, and to put it frankly, we kind of like what we’re seeing. Should we feel bad about it?