Ask Autolinx: Should I wait to buy a C8 Corvette?

800 × 441With the announcement of the mid-engine Corvette a collective sigh could be heard among C7 owners around the world. Did I just waste money buying a lesser than vehicle whose value will plummet as orders fly in for the new model? Sadly, this type of buyers remorse is all too familiar for anyone that’s bought an Apple product. So did you really make a bad decision? How much better will the 2020 Corvette be? Let’s break it down for you.

Exterior Looks

The new Corvette is one beautiful machine. Recently coined the “American Ferrari”, this one is sure to turn heads. But just like anything, it’s subjective. Whether it be artwork or music, everyone’s taste is different. While Chevrolet is trying to appeal to the masses, this design will miss the mark for some. For those whose ideal form is found in the C7, no amount of selling will convince them that the C8 is better. Think of BMW owners who loath more recent installments of the iconic M3 and M5. For the purist there is a sentiment and attachment to the design they fell in love with, and the Corvette is no exception.

Performance

The new Corvette will definitely exceed expectations. Car and Driver did an extensive review in the December 2019 issue, but basically it boils down to the following: This is a well balance, exhilarating beast. Nearly 61% of the mass is over the rear tires, offering a great balance for traction and acceleration. This compares to the C7 which was a 50% ratio to the rear. The Z51 package is up 35hp over the previous year, now producing 490hp (or 495hp with exhaust option) but with added weight as well, meaning the pound per horsepower ratio is about the same. The C8 is capable of a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds, wicked fast for a car at this price. In fact, the base C8 is faster to 60mph than the C7 Z06 and the C7 ZR1, but not at the quarter mile. Stopping however is a different story, as is the skid pad. The C8 adds another 10 feet from 70-0 mph and holds 1.03 g’s vs 1.06 on the C7. But all of these numbers are super-seeded by how the car actually feels on the track. This is where the C8’s mid engine prowess truly takes form and balances any deficiencies on paper. Around the track in Car and Drivers test it was nearly a second faster on the 2.2 mile track at Michigan’s Grattan Raceway.

Interior

The interior of the C8 has been beautifully designed and updated by Chevy. However, the racing grit known to C7 owners has been softened and made more plush to appeal to those interested in a daily driver. The drivers seat has a more open feel, losing some of that F1 cockpit character while opening 360 degree vision. The seating position however is farther forward than that of the C7. So whether you are getting groceries or lapping your local track, you should feel at home either place.

Overall

This is a supercar at an affordable price. Chevrolet has endowed this Corvette with the best the C7 had to offer without compromise. Purists will lament. But in the end, sales are the deciding factor. The C7 is still an amazing vehicle, and if you want an incredible deal on one, now is the time to buy a Used Chevy Corvette from Autolinx. You can grin at all the money you saved getting an extremely capable vehicle devoid of hype. Just like all those Apple products, there’s always a better model around the corner, but the one available now won’t disappoint.

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