Between the sharpened-speed-tool body lines, the look-at-me see-through engine cover, and a vast array of optional styling upgrades, the mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 isn’t exactly what we’d call subtle. The truth of the matter is that this new mid-engine monster is designed to show off and be seen, just as it should be. But while Chevrolet nailed the styling bits, what about the aural element? What if an owner wants to stab the throttle at a stop light to make that naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 engine sing by way of a free-rev? Well, luckily the engineers thought of that, too.
For those who may be unaware, here’s the issue – the 2020 Corvette is only offered with the new M1L dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. Because there’s no clutch pedal, it looks like there’s no way to make the mid-mounted V8 free rev. However, there is one simple trick to get around that.
If a driver pulls both of the shift paddles behind the steering wheel at the same time, the eight-speed DCT will decouple from the engine, allowing the LT2 to rev as high as the driver dares, all without actually making the car move.
While some might consider a feature like this to be, well, a bit juvenile, we absolutely love it. The number of new sports cars rocking an all-atmospheric V8 is on the decline, and because of that, we think 2020 Corvette buyers should be given every opportunity to rev the LT2 to their heart’s content, especially when equipped with the optional sport exhaust.
The 2020 Corvette is internal combustion at its best, folks. And while a modern automatic transmission is objectively superior to a manual with regard to shift times and efficiency, it should most definitely not stand in the way of enjoying the age-old tradition of revving an engine just to hear it rev.
So then, to all those C8 buyers out there – hit those paddles and bask in the glory it unleashes. And don’t forget to subscribe to GM Authority for more mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Corvette news, Chevrolet news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.