Let’s Take A Closer Look At The 2020 C8 Corvette

The 2020 C8 Corvette isn’t just the most eagerly-awaited car from Chevrolet to launch in recent decades, if not ever, but it is also one of the most talked-about performance cars in recent history.

People love learning every single detail about the C8 Corvette, and when Chevrolet took the covers off the car late last week, everyone was mighty impressed with its specs and pricing. The styling, however, had its detractors…

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In our experience, it is unfair to judge the looks of a car solely through press photos and it is far better to explore a new car in video or in person. This clip from the C8’s unveiling takes an up-close look a it and we think it is much more flattering of the car’s design than some photos.

Our favorite angle of the new ‘Vette must be the front end. There are a pair of sharp headlights with incorporated LED daytime running lamps as well as sharp air intakes and when the car is equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, numerous gloss and carbon fiber parts are added.

The interior of the C8 is also easier to appreciate on camera. It looks spacious and the seats appear to adjust down low enough to provide occupants with superb seating positions.

Watching this video, you may also better appreciate what GM has done with the packaging of the 6.2-liter V8, fitting it directly behind the passenger cell and still having enough room left over for a large luggage compartment. Not something a lot of its competitors with a similar layout can say, right?

 

  • B.Stokes

    As a tall guy the driver side sure looked cramped

    • brn

      Perfect for me!

    • Ben

      What’s tall? I’m 6’3 245lbs. I’m more worried about width clearance more than leg room. One of the higher-ups for the Corvette project mentioned that going mid-engine increases leg room so I expect that to be pretty decent. However, if you’ve got big arms or love the squat rack, you might feel a bit pinched. The wait and see game continues…

      • B.Stokes

        I’m 6’5” 220. Cary most of my weight down low so I know what you mean. I hope that Exec was right. Can’t wait to they hit the show room so I can test the comfort.

        • Ben

          See, I’m mostly shoulders and quads. Some of these sport seats with super tight/high bolsters try to squeeze my thighs together and makes for an uncomfortable ride. The same goes for the back region. Its like sitting in a water slide that’s too small. LOL.

          • db

            Avoid the optional “sport seats”. I had them once on a Focus ST, they hold you firmly in place but over time, they do get annoying. When I went shopping for my C7, I tried the sport seats out and decided against them for the same reason.

            The standard seats are very capable and comfortable and do the job just fine imo.

          • Ben

            Word of the wise.

  • ErnieB

    Folks can’t complain about a cheap looking interior anymore.

    • PhilMcGraw

      I think you’re right but I’m also holding my breath until we see the base version. I am interested to see how different the interior looks on the base $60,000 model versus the one that probably goes around $80,000. I mean I know there is going to be a huge difference in materials used, but I am curious if you would notice a real difference in looks.

  • Astonman

    Jay seems to be talking kind of slow. Hope it’s because he’s fighting the flu or something and not mental deterioration from getting old.

    • Zcat

      @ Astonman-
      I noticed that as well. It looks to me like the first signs of “old person syndrome.”
      Jay has always been quick witted and quick to fire back.

      Also, his body movement is another sign. He moves strangely and off-balanced.
      Old age sucks and comes on fast. He seemed fairly normal until about a year ago.
      That’s when I first started noting these signs. Dragsville.

      • Astonman

        Thanks Zcat. I’m bummed out for him and it’s also a reminder of where this road of life is taking me as I age.

  • Thunderbolt

    where’s the cup holder? This could be a deal breaker.

    • Matt

      Hidden under a cover in the centre console.

    • wait a minute

      i’d rather have a 3 speed auto but with15 way adjustable seat setting. Remove the passenger airbag and give me a bigger glove compartment.

  • Matt

    Not going to be easy getting out of the thing in a car park, those carbon extensions above the door handle restrict how wide you can open the door to to the car next to you. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20180bcd92615f7f0ee5439388b000988666225ca29ac1e4e74632663b1256c7.png

    • B.Stokes

      This is so true. Didn’t even notice that sheesh.

    • SteersUright

      DAMN! That is once huge door!

    • lagunas3ca

      I think they call that, “First World Problems.”

    • Nastinupe1911

      We park our cars on the other side of the parking lot anyway lol

    • DMax

      C8 will put Lambo doors conversion back in style lol

    • :/ Yurr

      That’s why you dont park right next to someone 🤦🏽‍♂️.

      • Matt

        Maybe in a magical land where nobody is allowed to park next to you when you’re out, that might work. You’d also need a wide garage.

  • SteersUright

    I really can’t believe just how bad the Camarotail lights and all the wheel options are. Gorgeous concave wheels are an essential part of any true sports car look. Look at the beauties that come on the German and Italian high end machinery. Well at least they’re somewhat easily replaceable. Maybe ebay will take care of the real lights, cant really do much worse. Overall though, very, very exciting car. Just nitpicking the 2 details I’m not a fan of. OH! And the doors should really open cooler, like the proper exotic its trying to momick. At least just a little upward sweep or Koenigsegg style!

    • Knotmyrealname

      Yeah, what’s with the flat wheels? They look like they’re off a FWD car.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Yeah, when all those other car companies you’ve mentioned can bring a MASS PRODUCED car that can do what they do for a millimeter of their price, then you’ve got a good argument. But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting……..

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      The wheels, especially the ones on the reveal car are just awful. I went on the configurator as soon as it went live for this very reason. I figured there had to be a better optional wheel but I was wrong. I think this is the main reason I am not sold on the car. An actually attractive set of wheels will make a huge difference.

  • Braam Nel

    My biggest gripe is the fact that everything is so glossy , i really think a few matte offsets on some of the carbon bits in the front and back and that leading edge on the big air intake really would make a big difference.

  • benT
  • Howfarr

    Waiting for the Doug Demuro myself

    • donald seymour

      Thisss is.

  • GPFan

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like this car? The design is a total mess!! Much rather the previous model

    • db

      Yup, you and any Porsche salesperson.

  • Six_Tymes

    honesty, you people complain like an old cranky grandma or grandpa. negative thinkers like non stop. shame, this site wasn’t like this a few years ago.

    • charlotteharry57

      I AM a cranky old (well, late 50s isn’t THAT old) grandpa and I hate this thing, while being in the targeted age group and gender.

    • javier

      I find the interior to be childish looking and the exterior has too many lines and is busy. It looks better in a darker shade with body color accents. If i wanted a pure sports car this would be on the list because it’s so friggin affordable relatively.

      • Mike Sinyaboot ©

        I understand that styling is subjective but your reason for disliking the interior is just silly. It doesn’t make sense. If anything, the interiors of the C5, C6, and C7 may have looked “childish” simply due to the their incredibly cheap and plastic heavy construction. The C8s interior is on another level.

        I do somewhat agree on the exterior. I would happily take one but I am not sold on the styling. Still, it is an absolute bargain and will sell like chocolate covered boooobies.

        • javier

          the fighter jet interior is cheesey, but to each his own. What’s up with that long row of switches that divides the car in half? Of course his comes from a keyboard warrior who will probably never drive a c8

  • Jerry Hightower

    The Corvette would sell even if it looked like a brick. I don’t like it because it’s too busy with design lines going every which way. The rear end is over done with designs that look like they didn’t know what they wanted to be. The greenhouse looks like it doesn’t belong at all. Just my opinion but I haven’t talked with anyone who likes it and that includes Corvette owners.

  • wait a minute

    The hardest part is the courage to move the engine back and prove beyond doubt better performance over the old model. I think they’ll win hearts and minds over time especially when they refresh the model (mid life) by removing excess creases and contours and putting back centre exhaust tips and roundel lights. IMO i think GM are quietly confident that it’ll attract new buyers from right hand drive countries UK, Aus, Jp. Over 50’s may mourn but it’ll appeal to a younger more international audience especially at that price point and performance.

  • Once again, General Motor’s Chevrolet has set the bar for low-hanging fruit, no-brainer, cost effective and can get ample repairs anywhere in the USAmerica. One must really want another car for some other reason, hard, to not buy this Vette. This is the peoples car for people that are not commuter automabots. Of course all is IMO. And I’m not a GM fan, either. But this is the first Vette I’ve ever wanted to drive/test. If only it could have been a joint venture with Toyota instead of Toy+BMW, and the Supra/Vette twins. That would have been great, imo. Toss in a third variant and triple-joint venture with Tesla for a rebadged ‘Lectric coupe and that would be all she wrote. Again, IMO.

    • Matt

      So you’re insinuating a mid-engined V8 Supra is what people would have wanted?

      • No. I’m hyperbole-ing the 2020 Vette in general. Just being over the top. They really did a much better job than I anticipated. Good to see them not give up.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Does anyone know if the suspension is still uses horizontally mounted leaf springs? I can’t find anything stating the suspension set up.

    • willhaven

      No more leaf springs!

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Yay! I can’t wait to get one. Thanks.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      The C8 has ditched the composite leaf spring setup of the C7.

      It now rocks a SLA(short/long arm) double wishbone setup in the front and rear. The upper control-arms are forged aluminum while the L-shaped lower arms are cast-aluminum. 46mm monotube dampers are standard but the optional Z51 package adds the updated Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 at all 4 corners. The rear setup also has a direct-acting, anti-roll bar.

      Obviously, the C8 is the first mid-engined Corvette but it is also the first to not use a rear leaf spring setup. Strangely, it is not the first Vette with no manual option. The original Corvette was only available with a 2-speed automatic.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Thanks for the information.

  • Craig

    I’ve never felt this way about a Corvette before. Could be my age I suppose. But still… I can’t wait to see it in person.

  • Nastinupe1911

    $60,000 for this is an amazing buy. I feel like it’s 1990 and Acura just introduced the NSX all over again. I can’t believe that they messed up and tried to charge almost $180,000 for the next generation NSX. That was the dumbest move in history.

    This Corvette is about to change everything. 911 Performance in a $60,000 mid engined Corvette??? Wow!!! I can’t believe that I am saying this but I may replace my 911 with this in a few years. I will wait to see how the performance and quality holds up, but it’s a definite possibility. Especially with 495 hp.

  • Ben

    Uh…nope. It’s ugly and busy and amateurish. Looks like what a 7th grader would draw in the margins of his notebook. Take a look at the Lotus Evija for what this could have been.

    • Dennis James

      Lotus Evija will cost exactly 31 times more than the C8 Corvette. I don’t even now why I bothered to write this reply.

      • Alberto Barrales

        Because something so obvious needs to be pointed out.

      • Ben

        Because you didn’t realize that the design of the car has next to nothing to do with the cost of it, so your comment boils down to “they made it ugly so we can afford it.” Duh. Good design doesn’t cost money.

  • Dennis James

    Huge hit for the price ! I mean, to have a mid-engine car for 60k with no obvious downsides…incredible. Traction and cornering, both will be top notch, with rear weight bias and double wishbone suspension front and rear. Very nice interior, and quite spacious.

    It also has real exhaust tips, a disappearing feature on many cars 🙂

    • Stephen G

      Pontiac Fiero…mid-engine car for less than $600.

  • getoffme

    Suddenly having no manual option is ok……Bias is real…

  • nauticalone

    At the price I can get past most of what I don’t like (the rear seems fussy and the push button gear selector) but man the steering wheel is just ugly!

  • Foggydogbreath

    What’s so cool is an American car like the Corvette costs a fraction of what those Euro sports cars do, and it can blow all of them out of the water.

  • Dan Facciolo

    I’ll gladly buy me a Tahoe AND a Corvette for the price of an M5 any day!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It is not ugly. It is just not a Vette. Plus, there are too many design cues similar to other supercars, including Lambos and Ferrari. It will find its niche because it is not bad. But it loses in originality while gaining in innovation, for one generation, maybe two.

  • BlackPegasus

    I can’t wait to read about the new tech [if any] employed on the C8.
    Chevy should’ve applied cameras all around the car.

  • Bash

    Dodge Viper fans and creators are weeping now about the lost chance.

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