Early driving impressions state some baked-in understeer for the C8 Corvette

The first round of driving impressions of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette have filtered to the Internet. Inside, the cabin is nicely refined. The 0-60 dash is wickedly quick. And the turn-in is expectedly sharp. It sounds like a number of folks who’ve driven it, however, are a bit surprised at the amount of understeer at play.

Our friends at Motor Trend, say that if you “try to correct the understeer with a nudge of throttle, and you get more understeer.”

Jason Cammisa posted some initial thoughts on his Instagram:

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Verdict C8 Corvette: A good start but the mid-engine swap hasn’t really paid dividends yet. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Read full story at RoadAndTrack.com⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Insane 2.8-sec 0-60 is quicker than any Z06 – thanks to ultrashort gearing and mid-engine launch.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ It rides like a goddamn Rolls-Royce. Better than most luxury sedans! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ LT2 sounds gruff and awesome, which doesn’t actually match personality of the car. Steering is Ferrari-light and VERY accurate but less talkative than before. Dual-clutch (no fucking manual) is way behind the best. Brake (by wire) feels almost natural in most modes.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ GM does the best chassis tuning in the business, and this isn’t their best work; it’s merely good. ⁣ ⁣ Far less skidpad grip than C7 (1.03g vs 1.08g) with too much understeer. Takes some pretty wild moves to get the ass out. And then the steering doesn’t tell you what the back is doing.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ GM’s best stuff is adjustable at the limit, with “Dynamagic” — the steering’s ability to respond at the understeer limit. This defies the laws of physics. C7 did this. Camaro does this. ATS-V does this. C8 does not. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Looks are… better in person. Interior feels half the size of a 911’s; the big row of buttons is exactly where passenger’s arm wants to be. Also they all go blank in sunlight. ⁣ ⁣ Center screen is so angled toward driver that passengers can’t use it. Spouses will HATE this car. Drivers will like it a lot tho.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ And let’s be honest: none of this matters. It’s the most significant car of the year by a mile.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Here’s the thing: mid-engine benefits are still yet to come. There’s not a huge advantage w 495 hp. C7 was great until it got Z06 power; then became a disaster. C8 won’t have that problem. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Mid-engine means it can get hybrid-electric torque-vectoring front-wheel drive! THAT is real benefit of mid-engine layout.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'Till then, C8 remains a hugely important car and a great start. But it hasn’t changed the world. Yet.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #C8 #C8Corvette #CorvetteReview #InstaReview #Chevrolet #Chevy⁣⁣

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All of this makes sense, of course. You don’t want the most-common version of the car to slap its owners on the first corner and send them spiraling into a guard rail. It’s great to hear that the interior is refined and the ride quality is fantastic. And it sounds like the chassis is crying out for much more power, which it will undoubtedly receive. That 2.8 second 0-60 time is unreal, especially for a car that costs well under $100,000.

We can’t wait to drive one and form our own opinion on the C8. That won’t happen for a bit, but stay tuned.

By |2019-10-16T13:23:48+00:00October 16th, 2019|All Things Hoon|3 Comments

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