Yours truly managed to snag press credentials once again this year, so of course, I went down to Laguna Seca to get some practice in before the main event! This year, Monterey Car Week will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association. This means nearly all of the famous GTP, Group C, and even LMP race cars will be present at the track!
The Monterey Pre-Reunion was chock full of awesome race cars from the past, including the legendary Audi R8 Le Mans Race Car that dominated The American Le Mans Series from 2000 to 2004! Also, there were more than a few fire-breathing Group C and GTP race cars, including the Toyota-Eagle GTP Race Car!
The best part of all this? I get to see these cars again starting Thursday! I’ll be staying at the track with some friends, so it’s going to be racing from sunrise to sundown!
Powered by the venerable LT-series 2 engine making 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque mated to a Tremec 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (no manual, unfortunately), the new C8 has rocket-like acceleration and great efficiency at highway speeds. Also, the car would be built out of lightweight materials like die-cast aluminum and composite materials. Paired with the optional Z51 package, the car would feature bigger brakes, improved cooling, a performance exhaust, and a performance suspension system.
The new engine layout and performance over the stock C7 are great and all, but the car has a few more surprises. Notably, the C8 has both a trunk and a frunk, and comes standard with a targa top for when you want to blast down the Coastal Highway listening to that LT2 scream. But what’s the most shocking about this car is the price.
Chevrolet has announced that the C8 would only set you back $60,000.
$60,000!? That’s more affordable than anything else on the market! The Alfa Romeo 4C I spec’d out when I wrote about why hypercars don’t excite me anymore costs over $72,000! Chevrolet has dropped the mic in front of the supercar world with an affordable alternative! To understand exactly how big this is, the Corvette C8’s closest competitor is Porsche, with their Cayman and 911. The base 718 Cayman is around $57,000 MSRP, while the 911 Carrera costs around $91,000 MSRP. The new Corvette C8 is faster and more powerful then both cars, around the price of the Cayman!
It’s appropriate that Chevrolet has revealed the C8 near the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo XI mission that landed Neil Armstong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon; The Corvette C8 is a moonshot that has successfully taken off!