Reviewed- The 2023 C8 Corvette Z51
By TJD | October 11, 2022
The new C8 an Iconic American sports car, and it’s a true game-changer in every sense of the word
Ease of Use
The Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z51 is the latest iteration of the iconic American sports car, and it’s a true game-changer in every sense of the word. For starters, the C8 marks the first time a Corvette has had its engine mounted behind the driver, giving it a unique and thrilling mid-engine driving experience similar to that of a supercar. The engine itself is an all-new 6.2L V8, producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60 time of fewer than three seconds. In addition to the faster acceleration, the C8 also features new suspension tuning, active aerodynamics, and improved steering control that makes spirited driving joyful.
I tested the C8 right after a new Mclaren GT and to my amazement the C8 was much more user-friendly and way more exciting to drive. This is probably one of the most accessible and most comfortable sports cars to drive. Under the hood, the C8 Z51 has a powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that delivers lightning-fast shifts and helps the C8 hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The handling is sharp and precise, and the C8’s mid-engine design gives it excellent balance and a low center of gravity, making it a blast to drive on both the street and the track. Supercar performance at a fraction of the cost.
Performance and Technology
In addition to its stellar performance, the C8 boasts an impressive array of tech features. The cabin is packed with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus optional wireless charging and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. It also comes standard with a head-up display, a performance data recorder, and an active exhaust system that lets you toggle between four different engine sounds.
Comfort and Controls
The interior of the C8 Z51 is also a big step up from previous generations of the Corvette. It features high-quality materials, including leather and suede accents, and the latest in-car technology, including a large touchscreen display for the infotainment system and a 12-inch digital gauge cluster. The seats are very comfortable and supportive, and there’s plenty of space for both driver and passenger. The steering wheel is also nice and thick, with a flat bottom and grippy Alcantara covering. The C8’s driver-focused cockpit layout makes it easy to access all of the controls without having to take your eyes off the road.
TD Digital Overall
Overall, the Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z51 is a true masterpiece of engineering and design. It offers supercar-level performance at a fraction of the price, and it’s a car that any car enthusiast should experience at least once in their lifetime. If you’re in the market for a high-performance sports car, the C8 Z51 is a must-consider.