We’re now exactly seven days away fro the debut of the new mid-engine Corvette C8, and we’re not alone in saying that we couldn’t be more excited. Finally, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s dream of a midship Vette will become reality, bringing with it a long list of performance enhancements. But beyond all the engineering and technical nitty-gritty, the mid-engine Corvette C8 is still a car, and that means it’s gotta pack all the modern technology and convenience features expected of such a vehicle, especially if said features were neglected in the current Corvette C7. So with that in mind, here are our top five convenience features the mid-engine Corvette C8 must have.
1. Wireless Phone Charging, Dedicated Phone Storage
Plugging in to charge a smartphone is so 2014. We think the new mid-engine Corvette C8 should offer the latest and greatest phone-related goodies, and that includes a wireless charging feature. Naturally, wireless charging will require a dedicated place to store the phone, because as one GM design exec recently told GM Authority, “cupholders are for cups.” Hear, hear!
To that end, if the Corvette C8 features wireless phone charging, then it should also have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, thereby delivering a complete wireless solution.
2. Exterior Lock Button For Remote Keyless Entry System
As we covered recently, the Corvette C7 is riddled with a somewhat annoying issue when it comes to locking its doors. Specifically, a driver exiting the vehicle must physically take the key fob out of his or her pocket and press the lock button. Granted, it’s not a huge deal, but it still defeats the point of a hands-free keyless access system. Though we found a workaround and explained it in our video, we would still prefer a simple lock button placed somewhere near the door handle on the mid-engine Corvette C8.
3. Active Safety Features
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a self-driving sports car. Instead, we’re talking about standard active-safety gear, the kind of things seen on just about every other modern passenger vehicle today and something that is not available on the current C7.
Things like Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Front Collision Warning… the basics, as it were. Luckily, we at least know the mid-engine Corvette C8 will for sure get GM’s awesome Rear Camera Mirror, as revealed by a recent batch of spy shots that show a camera lens on the roof. As well it should, considering there’s gonna be a thumpin’-big V8 blocking the rear line of sight.
4. Better Cargo Management
The mid-engine Corvette C8 will have superlative handling at the limits of adhesion – that much is a sure thing, as we noticed during the most recent video of the car going hard at the ‘Ring. However, with the engine and cabin both occupying the middle of the car, cargo room may be somewhat limited.
And though the Corvette C7 offers plenty of cargo space, it severely lacks when it comes to managing that cargo (that cargo net are simply not enough). So, we’re hoping for a better netting system that secures items to the floor of the mid-engine Corvette C8 cargo area. Of course, that may be a moot point given the available cargo will most likely stay an exclusive feature of the front trunk, otherwise known as the “frunk.”
5. Hardtop Convertible Option
The final item on our wishlist is some viable alternative to the soft-top convertible, but something a little more convenient than having to get out of the car, open the hatch, and take off the removable roof panel by hand – as is currently the case on the C7.
A hardtop convertible option would fit the bill nicely, although not without its own disadvantages. First, such systems are typically heavier and more costly than the typical soft-top, and especially the manually-removable panel. Second, with a hardtop convertible, there would have to be a spot to store the folded roof, which may be difficult considering the Corvette C8’s mid-engine layout. But that’s why those folks get paid the big bucks, right?
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