Matt Farah was one of the first auto journalists and reviewers to drive the 2020 Corvette when he offered up his first ‘One Take’ video back on October 2019. Driving hot laps at Willow Springs, Matt was blown away with the new mid-engine Corvette and there was no denying the excitement he expressed as he ran his laps as part of the judging for Road and Track’s 2020 Performance Car of the Year.
Something happened with Matt following that ‘One-Take’ video so he added an updated ‘Take’ where he said that his initial excitement for the car had waned after driving it on the streets. He never really went into details as to what his issues are with the car, and he does say at the end of that ‘Take” that the Stingray is the “most important car of the year.”
With the first batch of cars are in customer’s hands, Matt wanted another shot at the 2020 Corvette to see if his concerns had been addressed. In this new ‘One Take’, the former C5 Corvette owner opens up that it was the programming on the DCT while driving on the streets that caused his concerns. He does say that during the Road and Track test that Chevrolet’s handlers made sure everyone knew that their 2020 Corvette was a pre-production model. Matt says it was understood that the pre-production cars were still undergoing testing and refining of the various systems and that included the DCT programming. Chevrolet previously confirmed that DCT programming was on-going during the run-up to the start of production.
Now that he had a chance to drive a production version of the car that was loaned to him by a viewer, he came away really impressed with the changes to the dual-clutch transmission. In the video, he does multiple starts with the car in first and second gears, and he also engages the transmissions at various shift points both on up and down the gears.
Where Matt has a problem with the car goes back to what he was told by Chevy’s handlers about the test car which essentially was, “don’t worry about the fit and finish because it’s a preproduction car.” This Arctic White Z51 Coupe that he had the opportunity to drive was showing some of the similar panel alignment and gap issues that another youtube channel has detailed.
These issues luckily are things that can be fixed and we are fairly confident that once the Corvette Assembly Plant restarts that complaints like these will be addressed.
From TheSmokingTire via YouTube:
The C8 Corvette is one of the most important new cars of this year, for obvious reasons: the engine is now in the middle, the manual gearbox is gone, and folks are making apples-to-apples comparisons with Porsche and Ferrari. When I drove a very early build car on track for Road & Track’s PCOTY, it was excellent at racetracks, but the gearbox programming left a lot to be desired in normal driving situations. Additionally, the fit and finish of that early car was beyond reproach. I wanted to see how GM addressed both the gearbox tune and the build quality for customer-built vehicles.
TheSmokingTire / YouTube
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