A short review article that focuses mostly on what the base model gets, as well as what it misses out on, at the $60,000 price point. Highlights include the fact that the base model and the higher spec models all use the same engine, the 6.2 liter V8, as well as the fact that you get the same dual-clutch transmission across the entire range. It also points out that all the cars will get a limited slip differential, with the base model getting a mechanical one, while the Z51 gets an electronically locking one.
A fairly in-depth review that covers the basics of what each trim level offers, as well as an overview of what to expect in terms of performance driving and interior features. Interestingly, they mention that the base model is probably the most blue-collar-supercar, while a fully loaded model can start to encroach into Porsche 911 territory at $105,000. A good spread of information in easy to understand chunks.
We all know Top Gear, the TV show. What many don’t realize is that the show originated from a magazine in the mid 1980’s, and Top Gear magazine still sells to this day in the UK. They take a full, critical look at the C8 and give it high praise for feeling a lot more refined and natural in its handling. They do mention that at some points, the cabin is too quiet. They want more noise, which is a very American thing to say for a UK based publication.
The Drive focuses most of their commentary and review on the everyday usability of the Corvette C8. They run down how it drives on rough pavement (something our Canadian readers are sure to find interesting due to frost heaving up there!), the ease of use of the interior cabin amenities, and the comfort of a general cruise versus an out-and-out track session. They give a very nice touch in their verdict, commenting that it will probably flatter the average Joe into feeling like they are a factory works driver for the Corvette Racing Team.
EVO magazine has been around for ages. Many of us here at Corvsport can remember seeing the latest and greatest Japanese and European cars on the front covers as kids falling in love with cars. So the fact that their review tickles all the right parts of the brain in getting you excited about the car as if it was just announced suddenly is superb. Somehow, the British and the Americans have this sense of just what a proper muscle car in supercar form should feel like, and it comes through in the way that reviewer Steve Sutcliffe (could you have any more of an English name?) writes his review and the language he speaks to us.