The 2020 Corvette is undeniably awesome. Officially named the Corvette Stingray and often referred to as the C8, some its most stand-out features include how it can finesse both straight lines and corners, its wheels can spin out in much of first gear, and how it goes 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds flat.
The Corvette brand has been in production since 1953 and is one of the most iconic and legendary American cars ever made. It has been the car of choice by some of the most iconic Americans too, including John Wayne, Robert Downey Jr., and Jay Leno.
This new mid-engine Corvette ushers in a whole new era for GM. The latest Corvette was initially unveiled in 2013, officially announced in 2019, and now in 2020 is rolling out of production. Still iconic in styling, this eighth edition’s most noticeable change is its composure. It’s spectacular, but by no means perfect.
This post looks at the top 13 things GM could have done to make the 2020 Corvette even better.
12 They Should Have Stripped Back The Tech And Avoided Electrical Issues
Almost everything about the 2020 Corvette is new for GM. With anything new, comes a fair share of kinks to work out. In this case, GM may have bitten off more than they can chew by utilizing tech like OTA updates and a new level of encryption. In that way, it would have been great if GM stripped back some of the techs. Especially considering the new Z06 in 2018 ran into its own issues.
In many ways, buying a new Corvette is like signing up to beta test new technology. How good is the warranty and how lucky do you feel?
11 They Should Have Picked Wider Stock Tires To Help With Grip
The new Corvette is said to be shockingly planted, easy to control, and can take a corner faster than any other stock Corvette. That said, a resounding complaint is that the stock tires, Pilot Sports 4S, aren’t quite grippy enough. The criticism is that they’re not wide enough to take advantage of the chassis, suspension and differential tuning.
Rumors are that the selected tire width is a cost-cutting measure. That said, at 19 and 20 inches, no matter what tire you buy, it’s going to cost a fortune.
10 They Should Have Included Some Passenger Creature Comforts
The cellphone holder in the Corvette 2020 has a more thought-out role in the car than a human passenger. Sure, the ride is impressive to be a part of, and it’s a beautiful interior. After that, it’s eventful. Part of the fun of being a passenger is being a part of the experience too.
It seems like a strange choice by GM not to give the passenger the ability to easily help the driver pick music or even update the clock. Sure, it makes sense for a Maclaren P1, but in a daily driver?
9 They Should Have Went With Larger Paddle Shifters
When done right, paddle-shifting can feel amazing. The key is how well it responds to actual gear changes. Even the slightest delay can kill the experience.
In the case of the Corvette, reviews are glowing at how well it feels. The paddles themselves are metal instead of plastic, which makes them feel strong and sturdy. Unfortunately, the size of the paddles comes up a little short, in particular, because of the steering wheel shape. With a typical rounded sporty wheel, more of the paddle would be exposed.
8 They Should Have Made the C8 Lighter
The 2020 Corvette has a weight problem. The kind of weight problem you would typically do an intervention over. The version with a Z51 package weighs 3,647 pounds (1,666 kilograms), according to Car and Driver. Compare that to a C7 with the same package, and it’s a whopping 195 pounds (89 kilograms) heavier. That’s over 220 pounds (100 kilograms) heavier than the Lamborghini Hurrican and Porsche 911.
Adding weight is usually the opposite strategy for optimizing performance. Although GM hasn’t released why specifically, there are rumors about using materials like aluminum vs. carbon fiber for cost-savings.
7 They Should Have Focused Less On Color Options
The new Corvette has so many color options the double rainbow guy would lose his mind. It’s not uncommon for car companies to have a few options. The Corvette, however, has a staggering number in the car color, interior color, and caliper color options. So much so it makes one wonder if they spent too much time in this area.
When has having a beautifully colored car theme made it special, unique, or competitive?
6 They Should Have Considered Other Engine Options Than Naturally Aspirated
If you’ve had fun playing with the Build and Price Tool on the Chevrolet website, the first thing you’ll have noticed is that there is only one engine type available – a 6.2L V8 DI. This is curious considering the buzz around the new Z06 and ZR1, supposedly going to feature twin-turbocharged V-8, and that their trucks come with three options.
Sure, you can slap on an aftermarket turbocharger or do an engine swap, but it seems like something worth paying more for out of the gate.
5 They Should Have Been Clearer About The C8’s Competition To Temper Expectations
Is the new Corvette a luxury car? Is it an economical sports car? The market positioning has been all over the place by GM and car reviewers. Both, to its detriment. The C8 is automatically put up against Porsche and Ferrari when positioned like a luxury car, but the price is more like a mid-series BMW.
GM should have done a better job at positioning the new C8, so it’s easier for their target audience to understand where it fits in the market, even if it’s a new category altogether.
4 They Should Have Done A Better Job At Publicizing Industry-Leading Features
GM could have done a much better job at is boasting about all the fantastic things the new Corvette has going for it. So far, the official website hasn’t done the car justice.
Practically, it has 13 cubic feet of storage, which is bigger than most rear-engine cars. It’s also race-ready, like really. There’s a track mode that includes launch control, telemetry tracking, and a simplified display. You can also adjust the feel of the brake pedal at the touch of a button, to hone in your driving style. These are, to name a few above, what’s publicized to consider the C8.
3 They Should Have Considered A Stock Driver Seat Comfortable Enough For Daily Driving
The way a seat holds you around corners and doesn’t make your butt numb after a long drive is essential. The C8 aces these with their regular and GT2 seats.
That said, if you happen to go for the Competition seats, be sure to try it before you buy it. Although it looks the same as the others, according to one Edmunds reviewer, they pinched his legs so severely it was uncomfortable to drive. Discomfort may be okay for a Lamborghini, but not a daily driver.
2 They Should Have Listened To Gearheads Who Want A Manual Transmission
Sure, autonomous cars will likely one day take over the world, and manual transmission will be a thing of the past. Till then, real gearheads are still buying manual transmission cars. It’s the highest level of control you can have with a vehicle on a public road. Specifically where there’s no failsafe if you drop gear at the wrong RPM or change into the wrong gear entirely. Automatic cars protect the vehicle from these things, which adds a layer between the driver and the vehicle. For better or worse.
Thankfully you can still do a burnout in the C8, and the transmission is said to be smooth like butter, so in that way, you’re going to be okay either way.
1 They Should Have Used A Sport Steering Wheel
This is the strangest choice Chevrolet made in the entire car. For non-car enthusiasts, it doesn’t seem like a big deal to change up the steering wheel form factor. It is just a steering wheel, right? For everyone else, it matters. Almost every other sports car on the market uses a rounded, tri-spoke shape. One of the most important reasons is it becomes awkward to grab when you do u-turns or tighter turns. For race enthusiasts, it complicates hand-over-hand maneuvering.
Otherwise, they nailed the wheel in terms of simplicity and materials. It looks comfortable, and focus is on driving and not a bunch of levers and buttons in the way.
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