Engineering Explained Exposes the C8 Corvette’s 5 Big Flaws and Why They Are Actually Impressive
Recent reports from the NHTSA revealed that the Chevrolet Corvette C8 has a big issue with the front trunk lid, which can open unexpectedly and with no warning. Owners also reported uneven panel gaps, so the new C8 is struggling with a few quality issues. Some have also complained that the Corvette C8 comes with features and tech that aren’t exactly suitable for a modern sports car, such as brake by wire, a pushrod engine, and all-season tires as standard. But the folks over at Engineering Explain claim that these "flaws" are actually impressive features to have. Here’s how they explain it.
GM Blames Drivers for the 2020 C8 Corvette’s Frunk Problem
Earlier this month I told you about the C8 Corvette’s frunk problem – basically a situation where the frunk, despite being properly latched, would fly open at speed, damaging the car and putting the driver at risk. At the time, every reported incident was pretty clear that there were no visual or audio warnings that the frunk was open. Now, GM is basically saying that it comes down to driver error and that it cannot identify any mechanical issues.
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.
2020 Chevrolet Bolt - Driven
Chevrolet Bolt has been around for less than four years, but it is one of the earliest mainstream EVs to have hit the market. The Bolt hasn’t taken the market by storm, but it is an important product for Chevrolet in the EV segment.
The automaker is constantly updating the little EV, and for the 2020 model, it comes with a few more miles in the battery pack. To put things into perspective, it is the best non-Tesla model on sale today in terms of range. The 2020 Chevy Bolt arrived at TopSpeed’s headquarters recently, and here are our impressions about this urban commuter.
A C4 Chevy Corvette Drifting Under a Trailer? Don’t Try This At Home, Kids
Drifting can be a lot of fun in the proper car and the proper location. But it can also be dangerous, as it requires a lot of skill to fully control a car’s slide around various obstacles.
Drifting under a semi trailer is usually the kind of thing we see in action movies from the "Fast and Furious" franchise, but there are drivers who can perform it effortlessly in real life. Instagram’s @c4drifter is one of those guys and the really cool thing is that he’s driving a fourth-generation Chevrolet Corvette.
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.
Watch This Video of a Wood-Carved 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD to Get Rid of Your Mid-Week Blues
Do you remember this wood carving of the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser by Woodworking Art? Well, the guy is back, this time with a carving of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD.
His latest video on YouTube shows the heavy-duty truck being carved to absolute perfection. If you thought the 2020 Land Cruiser was the epitome of skill, check out this video and be as stunned as we are.
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette With C1 Elements Looks Oddly Satisfying
Remember how carmakers brag that their latest models pay tribute to their predecessors with reinterpreted vintage design cues? Well, sometimes you need a magnifying glass to see those but here’s a visual artist that really found a neat (and distinguishable) way to bake in C1 Corvette styling elements into the 2020 C8 Corvette.
Check Out This Amazing 1961 Chevy Corvair Rampside That Stopped By Jay Leno’s Garage
The Chevrolet Corvair is mostly known as a rear-engined compact car that GM built from 1959 to 1969. It was a somewhat innovative car for the era and even though it had handling issues that sparked more than 100 lawsuits, it’s now a prized collectible. But Chevrolet also used the Corvair name for a line of vans and trucks it produced from 1961 to 1965. The Rampside truck just stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage and the TV celebrity explains why it’s an important piece of American history.
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.
New Details of the 2022 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 Paint An Interesting Picture
Although production of the mid-engined Corvette C8 was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, we learned that Chevrolet has big plans for the sports car, with Z06, ZR1, and Zora models underway. The Z06 is officially scheduled for 2022, and even though we don’t know if it will arrive on time, we just learned a few juicy details about it from our friends over at Muscle Cars and Trucks.
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.
What is the Least Expensive Chevy?
Chevy has a robust lineup with the cheapest models being the Chevy Spark at $13,220 and the Chevy Sonic at $15,420. Both of these models are small hatchbacks suited for big-city life. If you’re a family person and want a Chevy car, your cheapest offering is the Chevy Cruze with a starting price of $17,995. The cheapest crossover\SUV offering from Chevy is the subcompact Trax at $21,300, which is matched in price by the larger, entry-level Colorado pickup truck.
What is the Sportiest Chevy?
The sportiest Chevy is, hands down, the Chevy Corvette. It’s available in a number of trim levels, including Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1. Pricing for the Corvette ranges from $65,900 for the entry-level Grand Sport and can climb to beyond the $135,000 mark for the ZR1 packed full of optional extras. That ZR1 delivers 755 horsepower, can reach 60 mph in three-seconds flat, and tops out at 212 mph. The current-generation model is set to be replaced in 2020 by an all-new design that will see the Corvette transform into a mid-engine supercar. Needless to say, the Corvette will continue to be the sportiest Chevy for a long time to come.
What is the Most Popular Chevy?
In the automotive climate we live in today, it should come as no surprise that the Chevy Silverado is the brands best seller. In 2018, sales of the Silverado declined by 1.4-percent, and Chevy still sold 585,581 examples throughout the year. That’s barely more than half of its primary competition, the Ford F-Series, but it’s still Chevy’s bread and butter.
What is the Most Expensive Chevy?
The most expensive Chevy is the Corvette ZR1, and that’s not likely to change as Chevy transitions into selling the mid-engined C8 Corvette. Outside of performance offerings, its most expensive SUV is the Chevy Suburban with a $50,800 starting price and a fully equipped price that can approach the $80,000 mark. In terms of family cars, you’ll find the Chevy Impala is the most expensive with a starting price of $28,020, which can increase into $40,000 territory if you go crazy with option boxes.
What is the Fastest Chevy?
The fastest Chevy is, hands down, the Corvette ZR1 with a 60-mph sprint time of three-seconds flat and a top speed of 212 mph.
Are Chevys Reliable?
For 2019, J.D. Power ranked Chevy No. 4 in reliability out of 32 different automakers. The only brands that are considered more reliable are Lexus, Porsche, and Toyota. Sister brand Buick sits just below Chevy in the No. 5 spot. According to repair pal, Chevy models are rated 4 out of 5 in terms of reliability, which puts the brand above average. According to that outlet, the average cost of repair is $625 per year, $6 less than the average of $631. Frequency of unscheduled repairs is also low, with the average Chevy visiting a repair shop for unscheduled maintenance just 0.4 times per year. As far as severity is concerned, 13 percent of Chevys repaired each year are in for repairs that are considered urgent or serious.