Chevrolet Corvette C8 assessment: nonetheless a legend, and now a much bigger menace than ever to European rivals –

Chevrolet Corvette C8 assessment: nonetheless a legend, and now a much bigger menace than ever to European rivals –

My abiding reminiscence of this automotive is powering via a flip with the Michelins squirming just like the muscular tissues on a giant canine getting ready to race throughout the seashore, and all of the whereas that huge lazy engine behind growls with portent.

On these European specification vehicles, the four-piston Brembo brakes are robust and progressive stoppers, with a beautiful seize on the high of the pedal.


Many traditionalists questioned Chevrolet’s resolution to maneuver the engine within the Corvette, and if you’re searching for a giant, brawny, all-American-hero C7 substitute, the C8 isn’t fairly going to chop it.

But this new mid-engined automotive combines the qualities of practicality, big-hearted efficiency and ease of use that each one Corvettes have had after which offers the sharpness of a supercar dynamics. Add in the truth that it’s now obtainable in right-hand drive, with costs from £74,200 together with a three-year, 60,000-mile guarantee and it seems virtually irresistible. My guess is the telephones on the single UK agent, Ian Allen of Virginia Water will probably be ringing off the hook.

The information

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

⇒ Examined: Two-door, two-seat mid-engined coupe, with 6.2-litre V8 engine with single camshaft in block, driving the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed twin-clutch transmission with paddle shifts

⇒Value/on sale: From £74,200 /Now

⇒Energy/torque 475bhp @ 6,450rpm/452lb ft @ four,500rpm

⇒Prime velocity: 184mph

⇒Acceleration: Zero-62mph in three.5sec

⇒Gasoline financial system: WLTP Mixed 23.6mpg, on check 22.6mpg

⇒CO2 emissions: 277g/km

⇒VED: £2,245 first 12 months, then £155 with £335 luxurious automotive tax for the primary 5 regular years


Whereas the Corvette has all the time been a formidable rival for sports activities automotive makers, this new mid-engined C8, formally obtainable in proper hand drive for the primary time, is sufficient to maintain them awake at night time. Quick, sensible, nice trying and with its personal model of chassis steadiness and that rumbling V8, it additionally undercuts nearly every thing else in the marketplace. Why pay extra?

Telegraph ranking: 5 stars out of 5

The rivals

McLaren GT from £165,230

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