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.

c5 corvette

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 or Shelby GT500.. Which is BETTER at the Track?

Check out this video by Woman Driven on YouTube where she compares a C8 Corvette and a Shelby GT500 on the track at Exotics Racing in Las Vegas.

She mentions, the Chevy C8 Corvette and the Ford Shelby GT500 are two cars that I’ve been meaning to drive and test out. Driving the C8 and the GT500 on a road course, is likely the best way to get a feeling of the overall performance both of them have to offer. Let’s just say, one drove much better than the other.

Watch the C8 Corvette vs Shelby GT500

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:

Is THIS the C8 Corvette ZR1?

Recently in the WhichCar, Australia Wheels February 2021 magazine there was a story about the new C8 Corvette ZR1 that is planned to come out in 2024 if it follows the previous model years in the past with the C6, c7 ect…

In this story they get word on the Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1 from their contact in the US, former Wheels editor Angus MacKenzie. It’s a pretty extensive write up and they talk about how the C8 Corvette ZR1 will have a LT7 Twin Turbo engine with possibly the E-Ray C8 front hybrid motor assist (similar to an Acura NSX).

Also, they mention how the C8 Corvette ZR1 possibly won’t be the fastest C8 Corvette like it was generations in the past signaling that Chevrolet and General Motors might build a C8 Corvette Zora version with over 1000 HP (horsepower), AWD and again hybrid assist electric engines.

We will keep the post updated to bookmark this page for the latest C8 Corvette ZR1 News we find over the next few years.

We also have found more C8 Corvette ZR1 New on YouTube from HorsePower Obsessed who goes over the article in detail and Brink of Speed later came out with a video covering the magazine story as well after seeing it on the C8 Corvette forums.

C8 Corvette ZR1 LEAKS and renderings. Twin-Turbo CONFIRMED! 1000 horsepower ZORA INCOMING!

C8 ZR1 & ZORA LEAKS! & Z06 will be the most POWERFUL NA V8 in the WORLD!

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.

General Motors No Longer Accepting 2021 C8 Corvette Orders

If you have been watching “C8 Corvette” YouTube lately you will notice channel after channel talking about Chevrolet and General Motors not accepting 2021 Chevrolet Corvette orders until at least June or July which will make any outstanding orders the 2022 model year.

What’s crazy is the C8 is argued back and forth whether its a super car or not and how its marked up already due to supply and demand and this makes it even more exotic with only 2,700 C8 Corvettes being produced in 2020 due to the UAW strike and Covid. While the C8 Corvette was the fastest selling car in February 2021 AGAIN with a higher average transaction price (over 85k!)

Now with no more 2021 orders they maybe will have 7500 units out there making inventory even lower than expected.

Looks like they are going to stay marked up as Chevy Dude pointed out recently selling Used C8s marked up and saying its taking 24 months now from order to get your car.

Its going to take until at least 2022 for the C8 Z06 to come out and for the current owners to start trading them in and for production to resume as normal for C8 Corvettes to end up on lots and for to be able to get them for under 100k.

NO MORE SOLD 2021 CORVETTE ORDERS ~WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!

Rick Corvette Conti started the no more 2021 C8 Corvette news here:

Today’s Upload, having the business conversation regarding a recent GM memo about 2021 ordering and NO LONGER allowing Sold Order entry

 

Then Brink of Speed YouTube jumped on..

BREAKING: Good & BAD News from GM about YOUR 2021 C8 Orders & Allocation Status!

Then HorsePower Obsesses YouTube jumped on …

2022 C8 Corvette Amplify Orange LEAKED! NO new 2021 C8 orders being taken as of TODAY!

And then… Great White North Corvette YouTube jumped on..

GM Stops Sales Of 2021 Corvette C8’s | Prices Are Still Going Up!

IMSA Corvette C8.R But With A Misfire So It Sounds More Badass

Check out this video from Lanky Turtle on YouTube of the C8R Corvette Race Car at the IMSA event.

If the C8 Corvette Z06 or C8 Corvette ZR1 is anything like this its going to be an exotic killer even more then it is now as the base model.

Per his video on the IMSA C8.R Corvette

The #4 Corvette C8.R suffered an engine issue early in the 12 Hours of Sebring but was still able to complete the race.