Call Matt Farah a fan of the mid-engine C8 Corvette.
“Simply Extraordinary!”, says the “One Take” auto reviewer after wrapping up his first track session ever with the car at Thunderhill Raceway in California.
Matt was able to get some seat time in the 2020 Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe as part of Road & Track’s testing for their Performance Car of the Year Award. While that award will be announced next month, today it’s all about him driving the new Stingray.
In the opening of the video, Matt explains that he wants you to hang around after watching his track session video as after more reflection, he wanted to add some additional thoughts to his review.
Behind the wheel of the mid-engine Corvette for the first time, Matt is super excited which is pretty obvious. As he makes multiple laps in the new Corvette on the track, he tells you exactly what he’s feeling at the moment. The good news is that he was as excited following his drive as he was when he first started.
The LT2 V8 engine sounds great as we’ve heard previously. With the car in track mode, Matt attacks the track and he is able to demonstrate some of the understeer characteristics that we read in other reviews as he enters certain corners of the track. His favorite attribute of the car appears to be the front end grip that he was feeling, especially on a long sweeper where he is able to really lay down the power on the exit.
On his cool down as he pulls into pit lane he says “Oh my God, that is a driving experience that is not to be missed by fans of cars. Simply extraordinary. Bravo. I’m blown away.”
Following his track session “One Take, Matt offers another “Take” with his overall impressions of the car after spending additional time as both a driver and a passenger. He says that once he was over the newness of the car, he wanted to be able to judge it more objectively. I’m going to let you listen to it because there are always going to be some things you notice after you spend more time with it. But he doesn’t dwell on those and ends his discussion by calling the Stingray the “most important car of the year”.
From TheSmokingTire via YouTube:
The C8 Corvette is here! Mid-engined, dual-clutched, fighter-plane-meets-Camaro styled, and far cheaper than Porsche 911’s and the Acura NSX. With a 495 HP naturally-aspirated LT2 V8, double-wishbone suspension with mag ride, and the sport exhaust, this 3LT/Z51 car is the top of the initial C8 food chain, and makes us incredibly excited for future iterations, though less so for the base model.
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