The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 1LT Convertible
I previously took one on the track, now it is time to see how it fares on the road.
I have been spending the last week with a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible. I previously had a few laps on the track with a coupe version of the C8 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Pitt Race). There I drove it against a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and I picked the C8 as the better of the two. This time is different. It is time to see how it fares on the road.......
What you get
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 1LT comes powered by a 6.2 liter V8 engine which puts out 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. That power is accessible at your fingertips via an 8-speed dual clutch transmission, a first for a Corvette.
The interior of this thing will make you forget of Corvettes of the past. You get a nice crisp clear 12 inch color display driver information center which is able to be changed by different configurations based on drive modes or driver preference. If that isn't enough there is also a nice 8 inch touchscreen display for your normal infotainment system which is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
Near the 8 inch display is the drivers drive mode selector (don't forget the cool Z-mode button), unique HVAC strip control buttons, and a 10 speaker Bose audio system is sprinkled throughout the cabin. For a full detailed look at the interior, check out my interior walkthrough:
The particular C8 I drove had a few additional options checked. Carbon flash painted nacelles, blue seat belts, that beautiful Rapid Blue color, and the performance exhaust.
This isn't my first time behind the wheel of a C8. As I led this article with, I had a few laps full tilt in the coupe version of the C8. Back then I enjoyed it on track, but how does Chevrolet's supercar hunter fare on the street? It's pretty darn good.
I honestly cannot rave enough about this thing. There is no better bargain that can be had in the automotive industry right now. The looks of a supercar, the power of a supercar, the sounds of a supercar - all for $60,000 (ish).
Driving it is an experience. Corvettes are cool, they always have been, but his thing is definitely a supercar and you get the experience. You have that big V8, you know it is there as soon as you press the button, your neighbors do too. In the higher Sport/Track Modes the exhaust gurgles and pops to tickle your inner kid in the right spot, the transmission gear changes are zippy fast, and the driver focused cockpit just makes it a place you want to be.
With a vehicle as good as the C8, finding faults will be a reach. There is only one thing that I wish were better. The lone thing I wish were better is the thing comes with this big 'Murica spitting V8, except you only hear it on the Convertible C8 - you cannot see it. A few other supercar convertible/spider/spyder makers have found unique ways to still get your eyes on the engine in the back. I wish there was a way to see that beast behind the seats even if it was just see a 1/3rd section of it or something when popping the back trunk. Personally, I would probably buy a coupe C8 anyway, so this "flaw" is pointless in the end, but I am reviewing THIS vehicle, so there it is.
In the end, there are very few vehicles I am sad to hand over the keys to and see driveaway and the C8 is definitely one of them. I have to say, if the base C8 is this good, I can only imagine what the Z06 and beyond will do.