Chevrolet Corvette, General Motors, Corvette Stingray 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Driven: Does It Need a Stick? | Sons Of Speed
This one been provided by our good friend, len beezinger, because chevy is just not have enough of these. In a test fleet for us to get a hold of one now when we interviewed harlan charles about this car last year, we kind of complained about the lack of a manual transmission and his response was well hold your opinion until you get to drive one, and He thinks that we will be impressed with it, so let’s get behind the wheel and see if a dct, 8 speed transmission is going to feel as engaging as the 7 speed in my c7 grand sport. So let’s go all right. The moment i’ve been waiting for here we go all right, so this car is fully loaded. It’S got the 3lt package. Oh, can you hear that that is the exhaust system, which is a mono custom exhaust? It sounds amazing and when i put it into z mode it’s, going to sound even more amazing ready – oh let’s just get on it: oh my god it’s so fast. That is amazing. Oh my god holy crap. That is fast, that is that’s really fast um. So this car has everything: it’s got the two tone: leather it’s, the 3lt package. It has magnetic ride. It has everything front end: lift system, uh z51 package, which is what i care about. Uh it’s got everything this interior is miles ahead of the c7 and all that amano custom exhaust and the transmission just shifts so nice.
The shifts are instantaneous. I wish the paddles were a little bit bigger, maybe a little more ferrari like or alpha or male like, but the paddles work great, this transmission, if you put it into touring mode. So if you hit z mode again, it just brings you back to what you were at before, which in this case is touring mode uh in touring mode, when it shifts you almost can’t, feel it it’s, just it’s, very imperceptible, it’s, so smooth it’s, smoother than any Automatic really aside from maybe a luxury car i mean there, it just the shifts if you don’t feel it at all. You put it into z mode. The downshifts are just and let’s get it from a dead stop here. Here we go ready. Oh all, right, it’s, a pretty cold day today. The tires do not hook up, but it doesn’t matter and things just whales. Oh, it sounds so nice and if you put it in manual mode and you are responsible for all of the shifts – it’s just so nice, all right so here’s how the front end system man these brakes are good. Uh back to the front end lift system. So i’m approaching a predetermined area and it’s already raised the front end up and it says auto, raising due to location, i don’t care how much weight that adds uh it’s worth it man is that an awesome awesome feature uh way more impressed with that than i Thought it’d be, but it was that’s awesome all right.
So, as you no doubt know, you’ve got uh push buttons and pull switches for a gear shifter, but having driven it kind of you know throughout the last few hours it doesn’t bother me at all. It actually kind of works really well, oh just that sound is so nice, so this uh, this particular car with the ground effects of their gm ground effects. It’S got the uh aftermarket they’re called zetto wheels it’s been lowered it’s. This is so much better than just something coming out of the factory, but even so this car is something else. It really is a testament to what chevrolet has been able to do with the corvette i mean it has gone from an amazing sports car. That is very usable that you can take to the track. You can spank a lot of cars. It costs a lot more money to a legitimate supercar i’m. Not doing that. Oh, that is just nice it’s. Just the visibility of the front with the engine move back, there is phenomenal you’re closer to the front wheels and there is just a fantastic fantastic visibility: rearward nah, not so much um, but you do have this cool nifty camera trick where you can flip that switch Right there and you get a monitor camera uh. If you need to see what’s going on, i actually don’t mind not being able to see out the back as well as i do in the c7, because, basically nobody’s passing you don’t worry about it.
Now we got ta talk about the handling on this thing. Uh. It is very sharp it tracks. Well it it drives naturally that’s the best word i can use to describe the way this thing drives. It drives naturally, where you just point it, and it goes and there’s not much more to it than that. Build speed very well. The brakes are really good, really good. Uh, nothing complain about it on the brakes. The new touch screen in the interior on this thing is fantastic. We already knew that we did do a video comparing the c7 to the c8. If you haven’t seen that click up here and you will be able to watch that one, oh and that mmm is i’m afraid harlan could have been right about this thing. Oh i’m, really afraid harlan might have been right. Ah so far, not really missing. The manual too much uh, i know that’s heresy. Um, would i take if they offered a manual in this car. Would i take it? Yes? Is it damn good without one? Yes, uh, the shifts are amazingly quick, both down and up holy cow holy cow, oh man. I got ta get one of these on a racetrack. I have got to get one of these on a racetrack um, the steering wheel, the fact that it’s square hasn’t bothered me for a half a second. It looks awesome and you can see the entire gauge display, which is very cool uh.
The sequential led turn signals are pretty amazing, too let’s see how fast this thing goes from a dead stop. Oh my god. Oh that’s fast, it is a cold day and the tires do not have any grip but it’s still shot up. Like a cannon ball holy that’s going to kill the c7. I wouldn’t even need to bother with the drag race. I already know the numbers are 2.8 gentleman who owns this. Car has gotten 2.7 to 60, which he says in wet mode is where you’re supposed to get the best traction. For some reason i mean it’s only got about 30 more horsepower than the c7, and only about five more pound feet of torque but it’s how it uses it. That makes the difference it’s the fact that it’s over the drive wheels this transmission as much as i would have wanted to be rowing. Some gears right now really compliments the car and makes it go that quick, it’s, it’s wow, i mean it’s, okay, uh harlan, charles, you might have been right. It might have been right turn. Radius is pretty good. You can get a better turn radius when you don’t have an engine up there. You know blocking uh the wheels from turning uh. Oh i mean between the the front, end, lift system and the interior design, which is just phenomenal and the interior. The audio system in here by the way is just fantastic, um the fact that it’s a mid engine car the fact that it’s got two trunks.
All of that i mean the materials in here are amazing, but it’s all as awesome as it is just pales in comparison to this. Oh, my god and the sound that this exhaust is making. If i had a c8 i’d be investing in one of these exhaust systems, because i’ve been in ones, stock, ones there’s not enough there. So that is some place. You definitely would want to upgrade the exhaust. Oh nice, okay, so the twisty bits. This thing handles amazing. I have so much confidence going around these. These s turns right now car just glued to the road. No issues whatsoever i don’t feel at all like the car is going to get away from me. Your center of balance, you know, is move forward. You move forward, the rotational mass is behind you, but not all the way in the back, so it’s not creating this weird. You know pendulum effect, oh, oh, my god. Even there the rear end gets a little loose, but it doesn’t like kick you out and crash? You into a wall – oh man, oh oh man, chevy really did itself a disservice, not getting us this car earlier, because uh, who knows, i may have actually bought one but uh. If this is what chevy started with with this car, i cannot wait to see what they do with the z06 and other variants, because this thing is already a legit supercar where it goes from here is just going to be something unbelievable all right.
Should we do it one more time? I think we should do it one more time, just punch your right foot and go. Oh man, yes, uh wow, so we set out to answer a question when we started this video and that was was harlan charles right. Are you not going to miss having the manual transmission in a c8 and as much as this pains me to say, because i am a founding member of the church of the third pedal? No, you won’t miss it. This car is so much fun. It is so fast the ships are so crisp. It is an amazing vehicle. Chevy should be absolutely proud of what they’ve accomplished with this car. I can’t wait to see what is coming with the z06, because if this is where they’re starting from oh, my god, if it can only get better from here, then we are in for a lot of treats when it comes to the corvette wow. What else is there to say, except hit the subscribe button hit the notification bell, throw us a like a comment share this with your friends and we’ll.