As we’ve stated in a number of previous posts, we think the new 2020 Corvette is a helluva looker, with the new proportions provided by the new mid-engine platform giving it a head-turning exotic vibe, which is enhanced by a wide, ground-hugging stance and loads of aggressive design elements.
However, while the low ground clearance certainly looks the part of a world-beating sports car, it’s no match for speed bumps, those pesky parking curbs, or steeply-angled driveways, which can be a problem for a vehicle that is being framed as “a true supercar for every day.” Luckily, there’s a solution – the new front suspension lift feature of the 2020 Corvette C8.
Offered an an option on the 2020 Corvette, the front suspension lift raises the front end of the sports car by about 40 mm (1.57 inches), enough ground clearance to help it navigate treacherous real-world scenarios without scuffing the paint.
The lift sequence takes just 2.8 seconds to complete and can be operated at speeds up to 24 mph. What’s more, the system can be programmed to automatically raise the 2020 Corvette in more than 1,000 GPS coordinates saved by the owner, eliminating the hassle and necessary time to manually activate the feature at frequently-visited problem spots. This feature will be particularly useful for those owners who intend to drive their new C8 daily and regularly encounter potentially hazardous road aberrations and parking curbs.
Indeed, this sort of thing is a must-have feature for any low-slung vehicle that’s intended for use out in the real world. While impossibly low ground clearance is a joy on the track and on the highway, actually driving the 2020 Corvette from A to B will require a slightly different approach.
Of course, it makes us wonder how this front suspension lift system will integrate with any suspension modifications by the owner, though it’s probably not necessary to make such a change, as the C8’s engineering team calibrated the system for pure perfection. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and relay any new info as it comes.