the new Chevy C8 mid-engine Corvette has taken the automotive world by storm. The 8th generation of Chevy’s iconic Corvette has debuted as the “attainable” rear-mid-engine supercar – theoretically for the masses, or at least for the many that can have them delivered amidst the many setbacks that car manufacturers have faced since the first C8 rolled off the line in February 2020.
With much fanfare and limited production numbers, the C8 Corvette has lived up to the hype that surrounded it from its first leaked rumors. The exterior design rivals that of a McLaren, its performance displayed in its sub-three-second 0 to 60 time challenges the fastest production cars on the market, and its interior luxury, tech, and cockpit innovation match any sports cars being sold. Best of all, the price tag may rank it as the most economical vehicle available on a horsepower-per-dollar basis.
Here, we take a deeper dive into the top reasons we believe the C8 mid-engine Corvette is the best sports car on the market and a look at one car we may consider buying instead.
9 launch control
The setup for “Launch Control” on the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette is super-quick and easy. With ‘Vette in Sport Mode, two quick taps of the Traction Control Off button on the console engages Competitive Driving Mode. With C8 in Drive, both of the driver’s feet get in on the action. The left depresses the brake, and the right pushes the gas pedal to the floor. Brace head back against the seat, hang on to the wheel, and when RPMs hit 3,500, release the brake. A performance timer can be used to record the 0 to 60 time.
8th Burnout fashion
Even quicker and easier, the driver starts by putting the C8 into Drive. Standing heavy on the brake, the driver pulls both paddle shifters simultaneously. Floor it and release the shifters. To end burnout mode, simply lift off the gas. BAM! That’s how easy it is to lay a patch in the new C8.
7 Supercar Looks On A Work Truck Budget
Even with price bumps for chip shortages, supply chain breakdown, and inflation, the 2022 Chevy C8 Mid-Engine Corvette has a starting MSRP of $61,000. Yes, that’s the 1LT coupe, and adding bells and whistles always spikes the prices; but even the 3LT convertible is listed for a starting price right under $80,000 on KBB.
That base model ‘Vette actually comes in lower than the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 starting MSRP at $67,000 with mandatory destination charge. The Corvette’s supercar aesthetic gives it the upper hand; but if you need to haul like a work truck, you’ve just got to go Silverado.
6 495 To 705 Lingenfelter Supercharged Horsepower
A 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette with a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 will create 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This will run a 2.9 second 0 to 60 and an 11.2 quarter mile, but that’s really only the first rung on the performance ladder for a C8. Specs on a bolt-on ProCharger Supercharger start at 675 hp and a Lingenfelter Magnuson TVS2650 Supercharger Package can push horsepower to 705.
5 Exclusivity and Camaraderie in Ownership
While Corvette ownership can be a more exclusive club, the camaraderie among owners is apparent. Corvette clubs congregate around the world. They hold meet-ups, show-n-shines, drags, autocross events, and even charity fundraisers. Many clubs travel together and can be seen on the roads on caravanning trips, including those that make the run to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
4 Body Lines: Looks Like An Exotic
Sports cars are typically deemed so because of their performance, but the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette is so much more than performance. Some may even say it is a modern work of art. Although, the C8 can be enhanced to an even further supercar aesthetic, the factory body lines and mid-engine configuration can often be mistaken for an exotic.
3 Bolt On Mods That Make it Your Own
The list of body and performance mods available for the C8 already seems endless, and while many like in the above video are extreme and costly, even more are bolt-on accessible or at least fairly easy installation. There is everything from small trim pieces to aggressive body kits that can push the exterior another three inches, but our favorite is the bolt-on Vertical Door hinges. Who doesn’t love a Lambo door?
2 Heartbeat Of America
Chevrolet produced the first Corvette in 1953. Only 300 were made. In the year 1955, ‘Vette saw its first V8. That history puts 70 years of history behind the current C8 (Corvette’s 8th Generation) Mid-Engine model. Along the way, Chevy became known as the “Heartbeat of America.” Some may even call a Chevy “lightning in a jar.”
1 Alternative: Would We Rather Go Beyond Ludicrous With A Tesla Plaid
There are many reasons that we think the new C8 Corvette is the best sports car on the market, especially for the price, and even though it can easily be put in a supercar lineup, we rated the C8 high as a daily driver. With that being said, there may be one car we’d consider instead. That would be the Tesla Model S. That’s with an asterisk because if we were going to drive off in a Model S, it would be for one reason only – the speed – the record-breaking 1.99 0 to 60 capability, the 1020 hp with 1050 lb-ft of torque.
The only way that Beyond Ludicrous: Model S can show out with that kind of speed is with the tri-motor setup, making it a Model S Plaid—the fastest production sedan in the world—and bringing its price to roughly $120,000. We will call it a comparative price to a 2022 fully-loaded Z51 with the inevitable $10 to $20K dealer markup that is tacked on to the window sticker during COVID shortages. Otherwise, with Chevy as the self-pronounced Heartbeat of America, the C8 owns our heart.