Still have questions about the Chevrolet C8 Corvette? Ask and we shall answer.

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jun 19, 2021 | Chevrolet, Corvette, C8

Photography Credit: J.G. Pasterjak

Even though almost two full years have passed since the debut of the C8 Corvette, what sort of lingering questions do you have regarding the mid-engine Chevrolet?

Put your questions in the comments below, and we’ll select the most pressing ones to answer in an upcoming video review for the C8.

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Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
6/17/21 10:34 a.m.

It's not  a question but I think worth sharing; a couple of friends who are instructors at Ron Fellows have said that the C8 is the easiest car to drive fast they have ever driven. Both of them are experienced racers.

BA5
BA5 GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/17/21 11:47 a.m.

My question is: just how freakin' awesome is it?  Is it like 'WAY awesome' or 'TOTALLY awesome'?

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
6/17/21 11:54 a.m.

My boss landed his late last year.  He seems quite happy.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
6/17/21 11:58 a.m.
BA5 said:

My question is: just how freakin' awesome is it?  Is it like 'WAY awesome' or 'TOTALLY awesome'?

We intend to to the hard-hitting work to rate it on a scale of "rad" to "super gnarly." We've got you covered.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
6/17/21 12:09 p.m.

This is one of those times when one realizes the greatness of one's occupation.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/17/21 12:47 p.m.

I saw one for the first time a couple of weeks ago (we're not a new car kinda town). Best looking Corvette I've ever seen. 

That is all.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
6/17/21 1:22 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I saw one for the first time a couple of weeks ago (we're not a new car kinda town). Best looking Corvette I've ever seen. 

That is all.

eww

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
6/17/21 1:28 p.m.

It's a really cool car, no doubt, but is it a Corvette?  For 60 years the recipe was pretty obvious, 2 seats, front engine, RWD, American power.  I know the new Mustang Mach E is called a "Mustang" and the new Ford truck is a "Maverick," but are they really true to their namesakes?  Of course Toyota is calling a BMW a Supra now too......  even cars are bizzarrely named now. 

At least an electric truck named Lightning kind of fits. 

Mazda will probably release a 4 door sedan with a V6 anyday now and call it the RX9.

 

 

Red5
Red5 New Reader
6/17/21 1:40 p.m.

How many hot laps can you run before it gets too hot and needs to stop to cool off?  What gives up first, brakes or transmission?  

classicJackets (FS)
classicJackets (FS) Dork
6/17/21 1:47 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) :

Zora Arkov-Duntos, effectively the father of the Corvette (started working with the program in 1956/57?), campaigned hard for GM to allow him to build the Corvette with mid-Engine architecture starting in 1960. The production Corvette recipe has always been front-engine RWD, but the spirit of the Corvette has absolutely included mid-Engine layout for 60 years at this point. Definitely, 100% still a Corvette even if it's not called CERV (Chevrolet engineering research Vehicle) in the spirit of Zora's 3 attempts to get it to happen.

BA5
BA5 GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/17/21 2:12 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

We intend to to the hard-hitting work to rate it on a scale of "rad" to "super gnarly." We've got you covered.

Jim Pettengill
Jim Pettengill HalfDork
6/17/21 2:13 p.m.

Sacrilege!  No one should accept that changing the position of the engine or other radical powertrain changes should be allowed and still be  a ...  umm. 928/924/944 ?... Sure, the C8 is a Corvette no problem from me.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
6/17/21 2:15 p.m.

How hard is it to get a roll cage in there?

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
6/17/21 2:24 p.m.

Not a question but there is a guy at work who ordered one, I don't remember exactly when , and he just told me his order has been pushed back again to a 22 year car.  He said he had to pay an extra $1000 when it got bumped from a 20 to a 21 and now has to pay another $1300 do to the bump again.

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
6/17/21 3:10 p.m.

I want to know if the axle-lifting system that uses the ABS pump has enough oomph to make the front end bounce off the ground.

preach (fs)
preach (fs) HalfDork
6/17/21 3:32 p.m.

I want to know why it does not have a manual transmission option. Is it too loud for CA?

Additionally I would like to know why it has such an obnoxiously large tunnel. My guess is chassis rigidity but dang that thing is huge!

CrustyRedXpress
CrustyRedXpress Reader
6/17/21 4:53 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Not my cup of tea. Mid engine always looks goofy to my eyes when designers keep enough room in the back for golf clubs. The NA NSX was lengthened by something like 1.5" when the engine was changed from SOHC to DOHC during the design process and the design suffered for it. They should have cut the trunk space and told their customers to switch to skeet instead (kidding!).

Is this the last of the Boomer 'vettes or the first of the Gen X 'vettes?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/17/21 4:55 p.m.

I keep getting told it doesn't look right. Now that I've seen one roaming the streets, I disagree. I like it, it looked really exotic. 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/17/21 5:12 p.m.
CrustyRedXpress said:

Is this the last of the Boomer 'vettes or the first of the Gen X 'vettes?

It's the first of the Gen X Corvettes, even if it was designed by a boomer. We don't care what the "traditional" Corvette is supposed to be, so they were finally able to put the mid engined car into production. We just want the best car we can buy with our slacker dollars.

Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
6/17/21 5:12 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

I may not like the styling but it has a visual presence that screams exotic car. Couple that with how it drives and what's not to love.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
6/17/21 5:34 p.m.
maschinenbau said:

I want to know if the axle-lifting system that uses the ABS pump has enough oomph to make the front end bounce off the ground.

It does not, sadly.

It does have enough lift that I was able to get it on the trailer without needing the Race Ramps, though. That's a nice perk.

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
6/17/21 5:45 p.m.

When does my 75 shark bodied car grow up and become a C8?

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/17/21 5:45 p.m.

I am glad that GM was able to get a RWD mid-engined car right this time.

It does seem quite the deal compared to other exotics.  I am pointing at you American Honda.

 

 

 

 

 

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/17/21 5:46 p.m.
Aaron_King said:

Not a question but there is a guy at work who ordered one, I don't remember exactly when , and he just told me his order has been pushed back again to a 22 year car.  He said he had to pay an extra $1000 when it got bumped from a 20 to a 21 and now has to pay another $1300 do to the bump again.

Only in America...

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/17/21 5:57 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:
maschinenbau said:

I want to know if the axle-lifting system that uses the ABS pump has enough oomph to make the front end bounce off the ground.

It does not, sadly.

It does have enough lift that I was able to get it on the trailer without needing the Race Ramps, though. That's a nice perk.

So we've found our first modification. Some sort of high pressure/high velocity reservoir for the axle lift system to enable hopping.

CrustyRedXpress
CrustyRedXpress Reader
6/17/21 7:04 p.m.
noddaz said:

It does seem quite the deal compared to other exotics.  I am pointing at you American Honda.

They have to know. The C8 is the car the NSX community wanted by buy, at a price they loved, from a company they can't stand. 

I think Honda's hands are tied until they have a completely electric drivetrain that they want to show off. I can't seen another NSX hybrid come to market.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
6/17/21 7:15 p.m.

In reply to classicJackets (FS) :

I'm pretty familiar with Corvette history Duntov and Shinoda.  A Russian descended and Japanese descended American made the most Iconic most American car ever.  It was completely useless for anything other than going fast and looking cool.  It is uniquely American.  This new Corvette loses some of that IMO.  It's one awesome car.  I know Zora D. wanted to build a mid-engine chassis, but it never happened.  We got the C3 instead. 

The FD RX-7 is technically mid-engined, but I don't think mid-engine is neccessarily part of the spirit of the Corvette. 

It's an awesome car, and they do look stellar in person.  This car looks way better than in photographs.  I've seen about a half dozen or so up close and in person.

If I get another Corvette though (I've owned 2 and almost had a 3rd), it'll likely be a C6 or C7.  A C8 is a long way from being affordable to me and I don't like the lack of transmission choice for a fun car.  Given the current market, I sometimes regret passing on the 5th Gen fixed roof "Billy Bob" coupe. 

 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
6/17/21 7:29 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:
JG Pasterjak said:
maschinenbau said:

I want to know if the axle-lifting system that uses the ABS pump has enough oomph to make the front end bounce off the ground.

It does not, sadly.

It does have enough lift that I was able to get it on the trailer without needing the Race Ramps, though. That's a nice perk.

So we've found our first modification. Some sort of high pressure/high velocity reservoir for the axle lift system to enable hopping.

Exactly what I was thinking. Here's hoping someone hacks the ABS module to enable full bounce lowrider mode at your local Cars & Coffee.

Also I think the C8 is drop-dead stunning after seeing them in person. They still look totally Corvette, yet also look exotic and way above their price tag.

GCrites80s
GCrites80s HalfDork
6/17/21 7:42 p.m.

I'm wondering how well it autocrosses honestly. It got longer, heavier and and became mid-engine. Mid-engine is pretty good for autocross in an MR2, Cayman, 914 etc. but in a big car it seems like a bit of a liability. Think about when when supercars show up to autocross and the experienced people are like "Ohhh, I hope that guy doesn't get too pissed off at his times."

Still want one very badly since for street and track not much can beat it at that price point and it's proven to do better road course times than just about anything the U.S. has produced.

f1carguy
f1carguy New Reader
6/17/21 9:03 p.m.

My buddy from the NSB boardwalk told me that his 97 year old father, retired pharmacy owner, got one. What a waste. He doesn't even drive fast. Pure waste. someone needs to take it away from him. You can spot the car around Deland.

accordionfolder
accordionfolder SuperDork
6/17/21 9:58 p.m.

My garage-mates at NCM instruct and do the driving days with c8 Corvette's, neither love them on track for whatever that's worth. Fast != Fun 

 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/17/21 11:28 p.m.

Any teasers for what the Z06 and/or ZR1 will be? 

 

I have to admit,  it looks far, far better in person. Maybe it just doesn't photograph well? 

stroker
stroker UberDork
6/18/21 6:18 a.m.

I saw one on the street and thought it looked great.  I want to know the lap time as soon as a box-stock version has a chance to lap Road America, though...

tester (Forum Supporter)
tester (Forum Supporter) Reader
6/18/21 6:18 a.m.

The rear looks like a Camaro. If I were the type of guy to drop this kind of coin on a car, it better not look like a modern Camaro from any angle. Seems awesome otherwise.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/18/21 6:34 a.m.

I wonder when the "affordable" ones will start hitting the market.  While I'll admit I haven't really spent a lot of effort to look, the C8's I do see for sale generally have 6-figure asking prices.

I also wonder when Z06 and/or ZR1 versions will show... although right now I suppose the various production delays have put those plans on the back-burner.

The lack of a manual transmission option is also somewhat disheartening.  I'm sure the offered automatic works fine and is faster in most (all?) situations - and helps to keep production costs down - but pure performance isn't why I buy a sports car. I can imagine this alone will keep the value of C7 manual cars on the higher side.

jamscal
jamscal Dork
6/18/21 9:07 a.m.

I really like the C8 but certain angles look a bit awkward and certain colors help or hurt depending.

The test of time will tell.

A C5 was awesome when it first came out but now that they're common it's sort of blob-ish (I still like them.)

 

 

 

glyn ellis
glyn ellis New Reader
6/18/21 1:01 p.m.
Aaron_King said:

Not a question but there is a guy at work who ordered one, I don't remember exactly when , and he just told me his order has been pushed back again to a 22 year car.  He said he had to pay an extra $1000 when it got bumped from a 20 to a 21 and now has to pay another $1300 do to the bump again.

He shouldn't worry. If the current administration doesn't ban cars before it's delivered, they'll confiscate his toy budget as a wealth tax!

imagesbytjm
imagesbytjm GRM+ Memberand New Reader
6/18/21 1:09 p.m.

In reply to jamscal :

I agree.  Looks ok from front and sides but from the back it makes me think Kardashin...

 

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/18/21 1:21 p.m.

When do we get an all electric one?

iansane
iansane HalfDork
6/18/21 1:26 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I keep getting told it doesn't look right. Now that I've seen one roaming the streets, I disagree. I like it, it looked really exotic. 

It's very much one of those cars that might look off in photos but in person is pretty berkeleying beautiful. I saw one recently that had to have been lowered just a hair and had some HRE wheels on it. Even in a bland color (That weird, bluish offwhite color?) it looked spectacular.

gearheadmb
gearheadmb SuperDork
6/18/21 4:35 p.m.

In reply to glyn ellis :

We dont do that stuff here. You dont want to get labeled a flounder.

pimpm3 (Forum Supporter)
pimpm3 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
6/18/21 5:46 p.m.

I drove my neighbors to publix the other day.  Its pretty awesome.  There really wasn't room to open it up but I liked how it steered and the power felt great.

If it makes any difference he seems to drives it more than his gt2 rs or his AMG s63, which is saying something.

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe PowerDork
6/18/21 6:00 p.m.
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to classicJackets (FS) :

 It was completely useless for anything other than going fast and looking cool.  It is uniquely American. 

 

I fail to see a problem with that. The Corvette is a surprisingly daily livable car. Even my 64 C2 I use to go grocery shopping and it can still boogy when I need it to. The new ones are just off the scale for performance to dollar. 

 

Real question now. Do we have any solid info on the Z06 or Zora? Whats the wait time like now for custom orders because someone local got one in like 3 months and he thinks that was a fluke. 

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
6/19/21 12:17 a.m.
wearymicrobe said:
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to classicJackets (FS) :

 It was completely useless for anything other than going fast and looking cool.  It is uniquely American. 

 

I fail to see a problem with that. The Corvette is a surprisingly daily livable car. Even my 64 C2 I use to go grocery shopping and it can still boogy when I need it to. The new ones are just off the scale for performance to dollar. 

 

Real question now. Do we have any solid info on the Z06 or Zora? Whats the wait time like now for custom orders because someone local got one in like 3 months and he thinks that was a fluke. 

There is no problem with that.  That is exactly what made it the most American thing ever.  It was never intended to be practical.  No part of the Corvette was ever intended to be practical.  It was built to look cool and go fast.  So maybe the new one is more "Corvette" than I give it credit for, but the recipe did take a drastic change for this new one. 

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
6/19/21 9:41 a.m.

Mid engine Corvettes had to happen at some point.  They got tired of getting their fannies waxed in GT racing.  The old format wasn't cutting it.  I believe GM wants to be seen as a cutting-edge company again after the '70s-'90s tarnished their image.  Their electrical fleet is burgeoning while they put out a 2-seat bang-for-the-buck exoticar to attract the next generation of motorheads with some disposable income.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
6/21/21 9:50 a.m.

When can they make a body kit to make it this instead:

 

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