The coronavirus has lead to the cancellation of just about every sports event, concert and fun gathering of any type, so it’s safe to say humanity’s collective mood is a bit glum at the moment. There is at least one group of people who aren’t feeling down recently, though: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray owners.
Chevrolet began shipping the new mid-engine sports car to the first owners last week, so many of those who had a Corvette C8 on order are now finally receiving their cars after a lengthy delay brought on by the UAW strike. Among them was a Corvette Blogger contributor named Jeremy, who picked up his Sebring Orange C8 this week before embarking on the road trip back to his home state of Oklahoma.
The Corvette C8 has a break-in period of 500 miles, during which the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine is torque limited. The vehicle’s rev limit is also lowered at this time, so the digital gauge cluster displays the redline as being at 4,500 rpm. As Jeremy drove down the highway, he recorded the moment his car turned past the 500-mile mark and his gauge cluster switched from a 4,500 rpm redline to the regular 6,500 rpm redline. He allegedly told Corvette Blogger the car “woke up” after this point, so it seems the temporary torque-limited mode is rather tame.
As a reminder, the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine in the Corvette C8 is good for 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust. Pricing starts at just under $60,000 for the entry-level model.
Check out the video of the gauge cluster switchover embedded just below.
Source: Corvette Blogger