C8 Corvette Today Versus The C5 Corvette Decades Ago

Comparing the C5 and C8 Corvette models is very much like comparing a high-end desk computer available in the 1990s with the Apple iPad available in 2021. In some respects, it’s also a bit of apples vs. oranges since the intent of the C5 design by Chevrolet was very different from where it went with the C8.

A Car Designed for Solving Problems

The C5 Corvette released in 1997 was a paradigm shift for Chevrolet. It needed a corvette that was far more responsive to efficient production expectations, it needed to be a step away from the past and the complexity of builds that became part heavy for the sake of iterations layered on top of each other. The vehicle had to produce a return to power again, something that had frustrated buyers tremendously in the early 1990s and produced very weak vehicles that soured the public’s taste in Chevy performance vehicles.

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A key factor of the C5’s success started with its simplicity in design. Using 1,500 less parts than the prior corvette model, the car was going to be far easier to construct, adding a huge benefit on the production side. In terms of physical design, the C5 changed the wheelbase and spread it out further with a flatter windshield, a greater slope in the front to reduce wind drag, and a sleeker look over all. Bottom line, what was a fast car visual became even faster-looking. However, unlike Chevy issues of the early 1990s, the C5 was not just appearance only; it actually produced hard results in terms of power and performance.

The engine block packed in a V8 powerhouse in the form of the LS1 for the base model C5 corvette and LS6 for the Z06. Built as a 5.7 liter assembly, it put out 345 hp. The suspension was beefed up with a Z-51 system as well as a redesign of the brake system that produces a 125-foot stop at 60 mph. The entire car was stabilized structurally with an aluminum tube designed for heavy power stress and torque.

The flagship of the C5 was the Z06 model, which included the LS6 engine package and the FE4 suspension. This particular souped-up design put out an even more powerful 385 hp. Once the additional weight changes were taken off the vehicle, the vehicle was reaching 405 hp by 2002. Again, the C5 was really a package of multiple worlds: production efficiency improvement, sleeker design to match modern expectations, and a respectable power output.

A Power Sports Car Upgrade for the 2020s

The C8 Corvette, released approximately 22 years after the C5, provides a tremendous step up from prior models. Keep in mind, two other model versions had already been designed and built after the C5 and before the C8. With the release of the C8, the Corvette now produced for an owner the 6.2 liter V8 engine based on an LT2 block design, producing 495 hp. It’s a 30 to 35HP increase over the C7 and well up to 150HP increase over the much earlier C5 Corvette.

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Interestingly, the C8 is a heavier car. It added almost 200 pounds over the prior C7 model but only about 100 pounds over the C5 which was designed for being light to add speed. However, all of that weight translates to power, which produces a C8 vehicle that jumps to 60 mph in under 3 seconds (2.8 seconds to be exact).  It was also a reduction of one second’s time from the fastest C7 clock. In terms of stopping power the C8 arrives from 70 mph to 0 in 149 feet, again an amazing amount of braking power applied at full speed.

The C8 transmission is a departure from previous years in that it will only be produced with an automatic transmission. However, while there’s no manual transmission option going forward, the automatic version is a dual-clutch design, responsive steering wheel paddle control as well as heavily computerized performance.

The C8 transmission is a departure from previous years in that it will only be produced with an automatic transmission. However, while there’s no manual transmission option going forward, the automatic version is a dual-clutch design, responsive steering wheel paddle control as well as heavily computerized performance. The above said, there is still ongoing discussion about a manual version running around and might be in development, but there isn’t a lot of confirmation per se on the matter, more conjecture. It would be an odd departure as well given so much was invested in the commitment to the automatic transmission mode versus prior versions like the T56 transmission and the LS6 compatible packages.

In short, the C8 Corvette and the C5 were both groundbreaking designs for their releases, but to compare the two side-by-side would be silly. Their build intent was very different and they were produced for very different markets and times.

C8 Corvette transformation! $7500 + in mods! – Paragon Performance

Check out this $7,500 C8 Corvette aftermarket mods transformation from Paragon Performance with one of their customer cars.

In this C8 Corvette aftermarket mod transformation Paragon Performance added:

C8 Corvette Wide Body Build Interview (FULL VIDEO)

Check out this interview Alex Lawn, who built the first C8 Corvette Wide Body in the world.

We have covered Alex Lawn’s “Toxic Garages” on Instagram Widebody C8 Corvette before but this video goes into a lot more detail about how and why he built his Wide body C8 Corvette and what exactly is done to is C8 Corvette Wide Body from Pandem.

His C8 Corvette is also the first air bagged C8 Corvette as well.

Gabe Florido of Car Lifestyle C8 Corvette GTA Miami Vibe by SchwaaFilms

Check out this video made of Gabe Florido’s C8 Corvette which is one of the most popular C8 Corvettes on Instagram. He is the founder of the Car Lifestyle page on Instagram and he hooked up with SchwaaFilms to have this GTA style type video made of his C8 Corvette in Miami.

Per Schwaa Films Video description of the C8 Corvette

So while down in Miami for the R2R rally. I was able to meet up with my friend Gabe who owns CarLifestyle. If you guys remember, years ago I filmed his Camaro.

I’ve been wanting to shoot his C8 for a while, and since I was down in Miami I knew this was the perfect time. Unfortunately since I had spent 4-5 days on the rally shooting non stop, I didn’t have much energy left to go all out on this video.

But best believe there is going to be a part 2, night run video! This car looks sooooo good rolling on the road. Hope you guys enjoy the Miami vibes in this one!

Car owner: @gabeflorido / @carlifestyle on Instagram

Model: @iamthaliapagan on Instagram 

C8 Corvette E-Ray Faster than C8 Corvette Z06?

MotorTrend has an article talking about the C8 Corvette E-Ray possibly being faster then the C8 Corvette Z06. However, its kind of misleading because possibly it will be faster from a launch from 0 to 60 with hybrid assist motors in the front similar to an Acura NSX.

It will most likely not be faster than a C8 Corvette Z06 overall but perhaps faster then the base C8 Corvette Stingray Z51 base model.

Source for info and picture: MotorTrend

A YouTuber that covers most of the corvette news found on Corvette Blogger or other automotive blogs like ours HorsePower Obsessed covers this story as well as the C8 Corvette wheel issue and possibly a new C8 Corvette SUV that Chevrolet and General Motors is working on.

Porsche Taycan vs. World’s Fastest C8 Corvette With Emelia Hartford

Check out this Video from Hoonigan to see this Porsche Taycan vs. Emelia Hartford’s Twin Turbo built C8 Corvette.

They race three times and every time the Taycan launches best because of the electric all wheel drive. However, the C8 Corvette comes around twice and takes the win!

If you want to learn more about Emelia Hartford and her C8 Corvette that is now 1000HP and ran a 9.4 in the quarter mile we have a post about Emelia we have been keeping updated with all the things she is doing to her C8 Corvette.

Super Gloss Chalk Grey Inozetek Wrap on a C8 Corvette

If you been following our C8 Corvette Blog from the beginning (Since March 2020 when we got our C8 Corvette) you will know we built out this Lowered Satin Matte Black 3M Wrapped C8 Corvette with Vossen Wheels, Cicio Performance Lowering Collars, Clearplex, Kooks Headers, and Soul Performance Sport Cats.

You can take a look at our previous C8 Corvette build here.

However, since it’s been a year and we wanted to change it up we just started the process of a new C8 Corvette build that includes the Super Gloss Chalk Grey Inozetek Wrap you see below.

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C8 Corvette Build, So far we have changed:

Procharger Supercharger C8 Corvette About to be Released!

As we wrote about back in November, 2020 Procharger is releasing a supercharger for the C8 Corvette that boosts horsepower by 225+ HP in testing.

That’s over 700 Horsepower for the C8 Corvette base model stingray Z51 package and our guess more the C8 Z06 will produce from the factory when General Motors and Chevrolet start production and selling the C8 Z06 in 2022.

If you love the C8 Corvette as much as we do and willing to put out 10-13k for this Procharger Supercharger for the C8 Corvette plus what it costs to install from a local performance shop in your area you can basically get C8 Z06 performance with your current C8 Corvette stingray!

Here is what Procharger said in a recent blog post and if you read the comments in the latest video below you will see they are really close to taking orders and launching this bad boy.

Track Testing with the ProCharger Supercharged C8 Corvettes

HAVING ONE COMPANY R&D CAR IS GOOD, BUT TWO…OH SO BETTER!

Data, Data, and more Data…it’s what testing is all about here at ProCharger superchargers. And what better way to get that done, than to have DOUBLE the amount of data with two company-owned C8 Corvettes for our engineering teams to use on the street, the dyno, and the track. In this week’s blog post we will tease you with a great video of the sights and sounds from the latest road course adventure. Without more delay, let’s get to the video and the details!


TAKING ORDERS NOW, FOR THOSE TO BE FIRST TO SUPERCHARGE!

ProCharger was the very first supercharger manufacturer to offer intercooled kits for C7, C6, C5, and C4 Corvettes, so it’s no surprise that we are at the forefront of development on a supercharger kit for the 2020 C8!  Thanks to the engineers at ProCharger, you can now add 225+ more horsepower to an otherwise stock C8 Corvette (including stock exhaust). That’s right, the car that is already making waves with the performance numbers coming from its LT2 now can get a major boost in performance.

  DESCRIPTION  BOOST  HP GAIN  PART #
  High Output Intercooled System with P-1SC-1  TBD TBD TBD
  High Output Intercooled Tuner Kit with P-1SC-1  specify  specify  1KC202-SCI
  High Output Intercooled Tuner Kit PLUS with P-1SC-1  8-9 psi  225+  1KC212-SCI

Tuner Kit: (No tuning or fuel components provided)
Tuner Kit PLUS: (w/ Fuel system and timing control)


HO INTERCOOLED TUNER KIT

  • Produces the coolest charge air temps and largest power gains
  • Bolt-on installation (no cutting or trimming)
  • Easiest installation, only requiring common hand tools
  • 8-9 psi of boost for use with premium pump gas fuel
  • The air-to-water intercooler system
  • CNC Billet intake manifold
  • Robust CNC billet bracket system
  • Self-contained head unit

HO INTERCOOLED TUNER KIT PLUS

  • Adds fuel system and timing control

OPTIONAL UPGRADES INCLUDE

  • Polished, or Black supercharger and bracket finish
  • Helical Gearset for noise reduction
  • Injector bungs and fuel rail for intake manifold (for port fueling)
  • Black finish for intake manifold (raw finish standard)
  • Black finish for intake manifold cover (raw finish standard)
  • Supercharger upgrades such as P-1X, D-1SC and D-1X

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Paragon Performance New Products Including their New Exhaust!

Paragon Performance is becoming the leading aftermarket C8 Corvette part company. They care about quality and it shows.

If you watch this video you will see how they built their custom cat back exhaust and sport cats vs. the competition from extremely high quality weld work to the thoughtfulness of the custom cat back exhaust they built.

They engineer many C8 Corvette parts as well as partnering and reselling other C8 corvette parts that are well tested, popular, and can help improve your C8 Corvette’s performance or styling.

(We will have a promo code for this exhaust soon.. so bookmark this post and check back in a few weeks)

Per their video:

Here are all the NEW products we got for your C8 Corvette this month! Jeremy has lots of information on all of our products for January 2021! Paragon Performance C8 Corvette Exhaust – 0:10 https://www.paragonperf.com/paragon-p…

Paragon Performance C8 Corvette Sport Cats 03:07 https://www.paragonperf.com/paragon-p…

C8 Z51 Corvette Lowering Springs by Hyperco 05:03 https://www.paragonperf.com/paragon-p…

Paragon Performance C8 Grill Guards/Radiator Guards 07:14 https://www.paragonperf.com/paragon-p…

C8 Corvette Carbon Front Lip Spoiler 08:51 https://www.paragonperf.com/paragon-p…

C8 Corvette Carbon Rocker Panel Extensions 08:51 https://www.paragonperf.com/Paragon-P…

BBS CI-R 19X9,20X11.5 C8 Corvette Wheels 10:28 https://www.paragonperf.com/search.as…

BC Forged Wheels 12:17 https://www.paragonperf.com/search.as…

PARAGON PUCK – JACK PAD FOR C8 CORVETTE 14:09 https://www.paragonperf.com/Paragon-P… 

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