[VIDEO] After Losing Races to a C8 Corvette, a C7 Grand Sport Owner Gets to Test Drive It

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[VIDEO] After Losing Races to a C8 Corvette, a C7 Grand Sport Owner Gets to Test Drive It


Add another convert over to the C8 side.

This time, though, it’s a C7 Grand Sport owner who makes the switch.

YouTuber John of JMC Rides has appeared on this blog numerous times in the past few months, including most recently when he reported a small fire on his Torch Red 2020 Stingray apparently due to the rear brake cooling ductwork being installed by mistake during pre-delivery at the dealer.

[VIDEO] After Losing Races to a C8 Corvette, a C7 Grand Sport Owner Gets to Drive It


Today, we get to see how John’s new mid-engine Corvette fares in a series of runs against a stock C7 Grand Sport with an eight-speed automatic.

Spoiler alert (but not really), the 2020 Corvette leaves the C7 in the dust every time, whether in a dig race or a rolling race.

Not surprising actually, since the C7 does give up 30 horsepower to the C8, which more importantly also has the advantage of lightning-quick shifts from its new dual-clutch transmission.

The big takeway from this video, however, comes when the C7 owner gets a chance to drive John’s C8, a move that just leads to further confirmation that the C8 has really made great strides in performance and interior quality over previous generations.

[VIDEO] After Losing Races to a C8 Corvette, a C7 Grand Sport Owner Gets to Drive It


After a few seconds behind the wheel, the C7 owner quickly notes that the shifts are noticeably faster with the new DCT. “It has the 30 extra horsepower, but the DCT makes a huge difference … a HUGE difference,” he offers.

John tells him that the C8 is loud in lower gears, but by the time you make it to eighth gear and are cruising down the interstate, “it gets quiet – it doesn’t bother you at all.”

“Like right now, you’re in seventh gear,” John says. “It still has one more gear, and it gets quieter. So if you have a long drive, you’re comfortable … you’re good.”

[VIDEO] After Losing Races to a C8 Corvette, a C7 Grand Sport Owner Gets to Drive It


While the C7 earned praise for its improved interior, the current owner rubs the C8 door panel and boasts: “They really bumped up the quality in there … like a lot.”

But the overall driving experience “still does feel like a Corvette,” the C7 owner says.

After some initial trouble by failing to hold the brake pedal all the way down during a launch, he finally gets it right and appears to turn in an impressive 2.9 second time in a 0-60 run, according to the instrument panel clocking.

After a few more minutes of driving the C8, he is finally asked if he is in favor of the switch to the new mid-engine platform.

“Oh yeah, I love this thing,” he says. “I wish I could take it on the curves and really feel it. But the acceleration and the shifting is amazing.”


Source:
JMC Rides / YouTube

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5 COMMENTS

  1. The C8 is growing on me. I love the style and power.

    Great super car at an affordable price !

  2. I have a 2017 chevrolet corvette zo6 20.000 mile and it broke down on me the gas pump inside the tank i have it at the dealer and they want to charved me $ 4,500 shat shluld i do

  3. However they don’t mention this guys C8 caught on fire already. Do the search. I’ll pass.

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