The excitement surrounding the first-ever mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette is palpable, and no doubt anyone lucky enough to own one is eager to let it rip as soon as possible. However, Chevy recommends a simple break-in process in order to properly set the vehicle up for a long life and maximum performance. Now, the 2020 Corvette break-in schedule is outlined in the following Corvette Academy video.
Right out of the box, the first 200 miles break in the tires and brake linings, and Chevy recommends avoiding hard cornering and hard stops, while also driving at moderate speeds. The first 500 miles of the 2020 Corvette break-in schedule limits engine torque in low gears to help the M1L eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission properly bed.
“If you have a brand-new gear and you’re wearing it in with excessive torque, you can create wear patterns that are not ideal,” says Corvette powertrain engineer, Garett Kerns.
For this part of the 2020 Corvette break-in schedule, Chevy recommends avoiding full-throttle starts, abrupt stops, and driving at constant speeds. This latter bit includes use of the cruise control function. Also, try to keep the engine below 4,000 rpm.
Finally, for the first 1,500 miles of the 2020 Corvette break-in schedule, it’s recommended to check the engine oil level at every fuel-up, and to add oil if it’s low, as Chevy says that oil and fuel consumption may be higher during the break-in period. It’s also recommended to wait until after the first 1,500 miles to drive the new Corvette in any track day events. Check out our precious coverage on how to prepare the 2020 Corvette for a track day.
After the passing the 1,500-mile mark, the 2020 Corvette break-in period will be complete, and it’ll be time to enjoy the car to its fullest!