New Chevy The mid-engined C8 Corvette took the automotive world by storm. The 8th generation of Chevy’s iconic Corvette has debuted as an “accessible” rear-mid-engined supercar – theoretically for the masses, or at least the many who can get them delivered amid the many setbacks faced by automakers. automobiles have faced since the first C8 rolled off the line in February 2020.
With much fanfare and limited production numbers, the Corvette C8 has lived up to the hype that has surrounded it since its first leaked rumors. The exterior design rivals that of a McLaren, its sub-three-second 0-60 performance challenges the fastest production cars on the market, and its interior luxury, technology and cockpit innovation match any sports cars sold. Even better, the price may rank it as the most economical vehicle available on a horsepower-per-dollar basis.
Here, we dig into the main reasons why we think the mid-engined C8 Corvette is the best sports car on the market and look at one car we might consider buying instead.
9 Launch control
Setting up “Launch Control” on the Corvette C8 Mid-Engine is super quick and easy. With ‘Vette in Sport Mode, two quick presses of the Traction Control Off button on the console will activate Competitive Drive Mode. With C8 in Drive, both of the driver’s feet get into the action. The left presses the brake and the right pushes the accelerator pedal to the floor. Hang your head against the seat, hang on to the steering wheel, and when the revs reach 3,500 rpm, release the brake. A performance timer can be used to record time from 0 to 60.
8 Exhaustion mode
Even faster and easier, the driver starts by putting the C8 in Drive. Standing heavily on the brake, the driver pulls both paddle shifters simultaneously. Plan it and let go of the controls. To end Burnout mode, simply remove the gas. BAM! That’s how easy it is to patch the new C8.
7 Supercar looks like a work truck budget
Even with price hikes for chip shortages, supply chain disruption and inflation, the 2022 Chevy C8 mid-engine Corvette has a starting MSRP of $61,000. Yes, it’s the 1LT Coupe, and adding bells and whistles always drives the price up; but even the The 3LT convertible is listed for a starting price of just under $80,000 on KBB.
This base model ‘Vette is actually below the starting MSRP of the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 at $67,000 with mandatory destination charge. The Corvette’s supercar aesthetic gives it the upper hand; but if you need to haul like a work truck, just go Silverado.
6 495–705 Lingenfelter-supercharged horsepower
A 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette with a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 will create 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This will run a 0-60 of 2.9 seconds and a quarter-mile of 11.2, but that’s really only the first rung on the performance ladder for a C8. Specifications on a Bolt-on ProCharger Supercharger start at 675 hp and a Lingenfelter Magnuson TVS2650 Supercharger Package can push horsepower to 705.
5 Exclusivity and camaraderie in the property
While Corvette ownership can be a more exclusive club, the camaraderie between owners is evident. Corvette clubs gather around the world. They host meet-and-greets, show-n-shines, drags, autocross events, and even charity fundraisers. Many clubs travel together and can be seen on the caravanning roads on trips, including those racing to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
4 Body lines: Looks like an Exotic
Sports cars are usually considered sports cars because of their performance, but the mid-engined C8 Corvette is much more than performance. Some would even say it is a modern work of art. Although the C8 can be upgraded for even more supercar aesthetics, the factory body lines and mid-engine configuration can often be mistaken for an exotic.
3 Bolt-on mods that make it yours
The list of body and performance mods available for the C8 already seems endless, and while many like in the video above are extreme and expensive, even more are accessible by bolt-on or at least fairly easy installation. There’s everything from small trim pieces to aggressive body kits that can push the exterior an extra three inches, but our favorite is the bolt-on vertical door hinges. Who doesn’t love a Lambo door?
2 heartbeat of america
Chevrolet produced the first Corvette in 1953. Only 300 were made. In 1955, ‘Vette saw its first V8. This story puts 70 years of history behind the current mid-engine model C8 (8th generation Corvette). Along the way, Chevy became known as the “Heartbeat of America.” Some may even call a Chevy “lightning in a jar.”
1 Alternative: Would we rather go beyond ridiculous with a Tesla plaid
There are plenty of reasons why we think the new Corvette C8 is the best sports car on the market, especially for the price, and while it can easily fit into a range of supercars, we rated the C8 as a daily driver. That being said, there might be a car we’d consider instead. It would be the Tesla Model S. It’s with an asterisk because if we were to go in a Model S it would be for one reason only – the speed – the record capacity of 1.99 0 to 60, the 1020 hp with 1050 lb-ft of torque.
The only way Beyond Ludicrous: Model S can show off with that kind of speed is with the tri-motor setup, making it a Model S Plaid – the world’s fastest production sedan – and bringing its price to around $120,000. We’ll call it a one-to-one comparative price. 2022 Z51 fully loaded with the inevitable $10,000 to $20,000 profit margin that’s stuck on the window sticker during COVID shortages. Otherwise, with Chevy as America’s self-proclaimed Heartbeat, the C8 owns our hearts.
The final tweak to this mid-engined Chevy resulted in a dyno-measured 1,350 horsepower to the wheels.
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