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If you are thinking of buying a new Corvette, here are 5 things to know about the C8 Corvette before you do!

Over the years I have worked on quite an array of Corvettes.  I’ve worked on near museum quality C3’s, did a full restoration on a C5 and have detailed and ceramic coated tons of C4’s, C6’s, C7’s and fairly recently a C8.  I wanted to convey a couple things about the C8 because it is such a departure from the historic Corvette’s we have all become accustomed to.  I should note right off that I’m not a Corvette guy.  I’ve been impressed with a few of them but it’s not a vehicle I would likely buy.  But if you are one of the many people out there enamored with America’s Sports Car, you might find some of my experience and insight helpful.

5 Things to Know About the C8 Corvette

Number 4:  The C8 Corvette is the Best Built Corvette Ever.

After working with a beautiful Anniversary edition C8 Corvette Convertible for several days I can confidently state that it is best built Corvette I have ever worked on.  Panel fitment and overall fit and finish are truly (and finally) world-class.  The paint and interior materials are excellent.  Starting with the C3’s I worked on over the years I can tell you that the quality of those older Vette’s was not even hit and miss, it was just miss.  I drove a museum quality 1982 Corvette and it rattled and shook and made all kinds of noises.  The engine sounded great but had no power at all and driving something like that today can be disappointing.  I drove similar era Ferraris and Porsches and they were just vastly better in every way.  Over the years, however, I noted that the quality of the Corvettes did improve with each new generation.  The quality of the C4 was a little better than the C3, and the C5 was a little better than the C4 and so on.   And the performance of the Corvette jumped dramatically over the generations.  I’m not going to tell you that the paint and leather and so on of the C8 Corvette is as good as what you find on a Ferrari, but it’s awfully good considering the price of the vehicle.

5 Things to Know About the C8 Corvette

Number 3:  The C8 Corvette Owes its Swagger to one of the Best Ferrari’s Ever Made.

Many may not realize this but when Chevrolet was looking to finally create the “mid-engine” Corvette that it had dreamed about for years it went to Ferrari for inspiration.  But instead of buying the latest and greatest from Maranello, Chevrolet engineers went out and bought a Ferrari 458 Italia, a car that was already more than a decade old.  Why?  Because the 458 Italia was the last naturally aspirated V8 mid-engine Ferrari ever made.  European environmental standards are incredibly strict and after the 458 Italia, Ferrari needed to change to a smaller engine that utilized turbocharging to keep power up and emissions and gas usage down.  Hence the 488 GTB came about.  Today, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini are all moving to turbocharged hybrid V6’s as European environmental standards have tightened even further.  The standards factor things like gas mileage over the breadth of a manufacturer’s portfolio of cars so small volume companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini are more affected than larger producers.  Not a problem for Chevrolet that makes millions of cars per year.  Chevy took the Ferrari 458 apart and reverse engineered it.  They studied the flat-plane crank engine to get inspiration for the Z06 variant and ended up making one amazing mid-engine machine.  Even if it’s not as pretty as a Ferrari 458 Italia.

5 Things to Know About the C8 Corvette

Number 2:  The C8 Corvette is Extremely Easy to Drive.

Having worked on so many sports cars over the years, you just generally assume they will be a pain to drive.  Sure, if you are driving winding roads at spirited speeds the true intent of the car makes up for all the uncomfortable aspects of driving it.  With historic high-performance vehicles, you just lived with the discomfort.  With the reputation for extreme performance that it has, I expected the C8 Corvette to be a royal pain to drive.  The owner of the car even said I could drive it around the block when he dropped it off.  I didn’t drive it around the block, but I did get into it and moved it into our shop.  It wasn’t much of a drive but boy was it a surprise when all I had to do to get into to Drive was push a button.  It’s like driving a Lincoln MKX.  Super-simple, super-refined, no problem at all.  You could drive the C8 Corvette in the city all day and be totally comfortable and relaxed.  But when you wanted to push it to its limits, the performance is there when you want it.  Just the way it should be.

5 Things to Know About the C8 Corvette

Number 1:  General Motors is Producing Too Many C8 Corvettes

A lot of die-hard fans of the C8 are going to be upset with me for writing this but there are just too many C8’s on the road.  It’s funny that Chevrolet would work so hard to make the Corvette more like rivals from Ferrari and Lamborghini only to ruin it by over-producing the car which has ramifications for resale value and more.  To be sure, I see an average of 5 Ferrari’s per year and about the same number of Lamborghinis per year on the roads around my home.  I see five C8 Corvettes per day.  That’s just too common for such an uncommon vehicle.  GM made 20,368 C8 Corvettes in 2020, 26,216 in 2021 and a whopping 34,510 in 2022.  Assume at least 30,000 more of them for 2023 and you have over 100,000 made in just 4 years.  For those buying the car with the idea that it will escalate in value over the years these high production numbers are not helpful.  Ferrari produces just 12,000 cars per year and that includes a whole portfolio of different types of vehicles.  Scarcity is the investors friend and GM needs to consider the type of vehicle the C8 Corvette is.

 

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