It was inevitable that someone would bring a C7 and C8 together to see which one sounds the best.
An aftermarket parts manufacturer named AWE Tuning did just that, installing its AWE “Touring” exhaust on an Arctic White C7 convertible and a Shadow Gray Metallic C8 coupe.
Since both cars have naturally aspirated 6.2-liter engines with slight differences, you’d expect them to sound close to the same, but there actually is a difference to the ear.
In the video, we first hear the C7 fire up, then revved several times, and it definitely has a deeper sound.
Then comes the C8, which has a raspier sound that reminds us of the old Corsa exhaust.
We have no official explanation for why they sound so different with the same exhaust, but perhaps it could be because of the different length of the exhaust systems due to the fact that the C7 is a front engine and the C8 is a mid-engine.
Road & Track asked its readers what they thought, and so far they have received four different answers.
One guy says the C7.
Another says “C8 for sure.”
A third says “the point is moot in real life” because the C8 would always be in front of the C7, so the C8 driver would never hear the C7 behind him/her but the C7 driver would always hear the C8 in front, however.
A fourth has a more philosophical outlook, noting “whichever one you give to me and put in my garage is the better sounding Corvette…”
Our answer of course is that all Corvettes sound great. It’s like asking a parent which kid is their favorite.
What’s your opinion? Let us know in the comment section below!
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