The Speed Phenom is back with another “competition-focused” video featuring his mid-engine C8 Corvette and this time his overall topic is asking which is the better mid-engine supercar costing under $100,000. His “guest” for this video is Jeff (@Tune In Track Out) and his McLaren MP4-12C.
Jeff’s previous car was a Camaro ZL1 1LE which he called a fabulous track car, but says that’s all it was good for, while the McLaren is much more dynamic. However, from the conversation as well as reading the YouTube comments, the 12C may not be the most reliable car as Jeff talks about the hesitation he had with buying it for that reason, and then how he does much of the maintenance work himself as servicing the car can be very expensive. With the depreciation of the car bringing prices down to under $100,000, Jeff sums it up as “overall its a great bang for the buck…if it doesn’t blow up!”
Jeff and Speed Phenon then exchange keyfobs with Jeff heading off in the C8 while Speed takes the McLaren.
The 12C is powered by a 3.8L twin-turbo that makes 616-hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Speed describes how he can feel the power difference from his C8 Corvette and laments that he can’t wait for the C8’s Z06 model which should have similar horsepower numbers. As he looks through the rearview mirror, he also remarks about the active aerodynamics with the rear wing moving up and down as well.
The video then jumps over to Jeff inside the 2020 Corvette Z51 Coupe and he has the biggest smile on his face as he is driving on the canyon roads around Monterey and Laguna Seca. Jeff notes right away that the power comes on much sooner in the lower power bands compared to waiting for the turbos to spool in the McLaren.
The duo join up again and this time Jeff is in the passenger seat as Speed demonstrates the launch control functions of the C8. Again, smiles all around as the car sprints 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds with the launch control engaged. Speed says when the car hooks up you feel the g’s “right here” as he points to his stomach and adds “it’s a really fun sensation, man…it’s like a rollercoaster.”
After that experience, Jeff and Speed head back to Laguna Seca and we check out some of the exotics that are in attendance at the open track event being held. All-in-all, another fun video showcasing the strengths of the 2020 Corvette Stingray.
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