We’ve now had three full months to digest all we have learned about the 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe and Chevy added even more information overload with the reveal of the new hardtop convertible model. The new C8 is loaded with new features and options, both as a consequence of moving the engine to behind the driver, as well as receiving the latest technology available like GM’s new Global B electrical architecture.
We turned over the “Question of the Week” topic to our own Mitch Tally who came up with good one in our opinion.
What are the two new features that you like most about the C8 Corvette?
The new rearview mirror camera system intrigues me, as does the front end lift and its amazing 1,000 location memory. I’m also interested in the new shifting system of thingamajig buttons that replaced the old-timey gear shift and am kind of amazed that old-time Corvette enthusiasts have not pitched a fit about it. To me, that’s one of the most drastic changes about the new car, even more so than the elimination of the manual transmission, and surprisingly I have not seen much comment about the missing gear shift one way or the other. I’m very open to new technology but I think I will really miss resting my hand on the gear shift while I’m driving down the road. Maybe the paddle shifters will pick up the slack in that category, though I hardly used them in my C7.
I don’t know that I’ve got 2 specific features that stand out to me. Purely from a technology standpoint, a do love the front axle lift system. This is one of those technologies that you didn’t know you needed until it was offered. As a C6 owner, I can attest to just how much the air dam scrapes on these cars. It’s so common, in fact, that my owner’s manuals actually calls the air dam scraping part of normal operation. The fact that GM has added this feature to the 2020 Corvette and that it can even store locations where a boost is needed demonstrates just how serious GM is about making the C8 a truly high-end supercar.
Overall, what stands out to me most is just all the possible combinations of features you can get on the C8. The 12 exterior colors, the myriad of interior trim colors, stitch colors, materials, seat belt colors, 4 caliper colors, 5 wheel choices, full length stripes and/or fender hash stripes, tall spoiler or short spoiler point to the fact that each C8 built could potentially be a 1-of-1 in a given configuration. Complexity like that tends to be expensive as well as a nightmare for plants, suppliers, and product planners to properly coordinate to correct part in the correct spot at the correct time during the assembly process. There are so many options that I get stressed out just trying to create my perfect car on the online configurator.
There is a lot to love about the C8 but a few features really highlight how serious GM took the development of this, extremely important generation. Narrowing it down to just two is tough when there are so many firsts. The convertible’s folding hardtop and the dual-clutch transmission come to mind and so does the luxurious new interior but for my absolute favorite thing, I am going to keep it simple and say the LT2. I love that Corvette team kept the base Corvette naturally aspirated and that they included at least one classic small block in a C8 before the switch to DOHC. Motor Trend’s insanely high dyno numbers have me even more intrigued by the new 6.2L V8! The second bit of C8 tech that really impressed me was the front-end suspension lift. I have always thought that similar systems from European manufacturers were a very nice option to save the front of your car from scraping but the C8’s ability to remember where you used the system and automatically do it each time you return to that spot is insanely clever!
As much as I would like to say the “lightning quick” DCT or the ability to go 0-60 mph time in 2.8 seconds (as tested by the auto mags), we haven’t driven the new C8 Corvette yet so my I’m going to stick with design and tech features for now. I’ve already stated my love for the hardtop convertible and I am going to stick with that! The hardtop makes the car more secure, offers a quieter cabin, yet with the flick of a button, the whole top folds down behind you for that open-air driving experience. With the top down, the convertible C8 achieves an exotic look with the nacelles on the rear deck. As a second feature, I really like the “Z-Mode” which will allow Corvette drivers the ability to set up a custom Drive Mode that’s then accessible with a click of the Z-Mode button of the steering wheel. It seems to me that because it’s on the steering wheel, you might use this more than say having to drop your hand to the click-wheel Drive Mode selector on the center console. As a bonus answer, I also thought it was a neat trick in how Chevrolet’s designers incorporated the door latch under the side scoops and the frunck’s latch which is integrated into the front grill.
Okay, so now that you’ve heard from the CorvetteBloggers on what are our two favorite features on the new C8 Corvette, what’s your favorite new feature on the C8 Corvette? Let us know in the comments below!