Chevro­let Corvette C8

Wheels (Australia) - - FEATURE/ STARS OF 2020 -

WHAT IS IT?

The eighth gen­er­a­tion of Chev’s iconic sports car, headed to Oz in fac­tory RHD form for the first time. We’re ex­pect­ing a price tag of around $170,000, so it’s primed to oc­cupy a lofty perch, but packs the fire­power to do bat­tle with some elite ex­otics cost­ing twice the money.

WHY WE’RE EX­CITED

A mid-en­gined V8 sportscar is al­ways guar­an­teed to open the tap on the adrenal glands, and the C8 prom­ises plenty, not just in raw speed, but in its abil­ity to de­liver a deeply im­mer­sive driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Fur­ther, re­ports sug­gest the C8 also works great as a fast GT, with am­ple lug­gage room, leggy gear­ing from the eight-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, and well-con­tained road and en­gine noise.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG

Will the steer­ing con­nect the driver to the chas­sis with the level of in­ti­macy a mid-en­gine sports car de­mands? Our first State-side drive sug­gests the rack is quick and ac­cu­rate, but not the last word in terms of com­mu­ni­cat­ing how the front tyres are deal­ing with cor­ner­ing loads.

Then there’s the rel­a­tive lack of high-rev head­room from the pushrod V8. We have plenty of love for this small-block V8 (a ver­sion of which pow­ers the 2SS Ca­maro) but peak power is de­vel­oped be­low 6500rpm and the rev-limiter not far be­yond that num­ber. Will the lack of a thou­sand or so revs blunt the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence? (Ah, probs not…)

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