John Hennessey has modified more than a few Corvettes in his lifetime.
That’s why we take his high praise of the 2020 mid-engine Stingray seriously.
Hennessey and his daughter, Emma, picked up their new Torch Red Corvette (VIN in low 900s) in Michigan and then documented their 1,400-mile journey back home to Houston, Texas, where their crews will begin working on ways to make the C8 even more powerful.
Along the way, they stopped at the National Corvette Museum for a tour. Check out some of his comments during the journey:
“Chevrolet did a great job on this car, lots of fun.”
“Infotainment user friendly, all very straight forward.”
“Visibility is great, really reminds me of the old Acura NSX from a visibility standpoint.”
“I think for Chevrolet to build a whole new car, not a derivative or an evolution of a previous C6, C7, but a whole new car – for a car to have this level of quality and build quality, craftsmanship, ride quality … I really don’t have all the words to say this yet, I’m that impressed with the C8 and I had high hopes, high expectations for the car.”
“Just getting in the car, strapping in and driving, it’s a very, very satisfying experience.”
“I can’t think of any whine, gear noise, rattle. Maybe it’s because it’s so new and I’m kind of a Corvette geek, it’s very exciting.”
“It’s really kind of hard to imagine all the engineering and all the planning and stuff that went into doing something this good on that big of a scale. What does that for everybody? It means that this is a car that everybody can aspire to own. I think that’s always been part of the magic of the Corvette is that it’s an attainable sports car for everybody. Now they’ve upped the ante, and it’s gone from a sports car to a supercar.”
“The C8 is an amazing highway car. It’s super comfortable at any reasonable speed and maybe some unreasonable speeds!”
“We both brought backpacks, no suitcases, but carry bags with our stuff, and it all fit in the rear trunk, so you’ve got a lot of usable space. It impresses me very much how usable, how drivable, functional this car is.”
Here is the video from Hennessey Performance via YouTube:
Last Friday, John Hennessey and his daughter, Emma Roys, took delivery of their 2020 C8 Corvette in Detroit, MI, and drove it 1400 miles back to Texas. Go to 5:18 for the 500 mile break-in unlocking of the rev limiter. Subscribe and stay tuned for more exciting content on the new 2020 C8 Corvette!
We can’t wait to see what Hennessey and his team come up to make the C8 even more impressive! Hennessey previously announced his intentions to offer up to 1200 horsepower in the C8 Corvette and based on his success with the C7 Corvette, it should make for a very fun ride!
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