The 2020 Corvette Stingray technically features two “hoods.” There’s the rear engine cover, which lifts up to provide access to the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine and the golf bag-sized rear storage compartment, along with the actual front hood, which covers the rather deep front storage compartment or “frunk.”
Some new 2020 Corvette Stingray owners have noticed something interesting about the front trunk on the vehicle and posted their finding on Facebook. When the hood is unlatched, a message will appear on the digital driver’s display indicating the speed of the vehicle is electronically limited to 82 mph. This may seem like a fairly high speed to be driving at with an unlatched hood, but don’t be confused, Corvette owners: General Motors does not suggest driving around with your hood cracked slightly open.
Let’s refer to the official 2020 Corvette owner’s manual for clarity. Under the ‘Keys, Doors and Windows’ section of the owner’s manual on page 21, we’ll find a short paragraph cautioning owners not to drive with the front hood unlatched, as this can cause it to flip up and block the driver’s vision, increasing the risk of a crash.
“Do not drive the vehicle if the hood is not latched completely,” the paragraph reads. “The hood could open fully, block your vision, and cause a crash. You or others could be injured. Always close the hood completely before driving.”
Some drivers may be led to believe that driving with the hood unlatched at speeds of up to 82 mph may be safe due to the warning message displayed on the digital driver’s display. This isn’t the case, however. Just like any other car, the driver should always ensure the hood is closed completely before setting off. Not only could the hood flip up and block their vision, it’s likely this could damage the hood and other areas of the front of the vehicle.
Stay safe out there and enjoy y our new cars, 2020 Corvette Stingray owners.