Chevrolet Corvette C8
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…)