The all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 comes loaded with technology that helps Chevy’s mid-engine superstar pull double duty as either a backside-coddling tourer, or track-killing performer. Part of the tech making it all possible are the various C8 Corvette driver modes, which are outlined right here.
Essentially, the various C8 Corvette driver modes alter the onboard settings for a number of different systems, including the powertrain, steering, suspension, brakes and exhaust. What’s more, for vehicles equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, the settings will also adjust the ride height.
Selecting the various driver modes is easy – by simply using the knob located on the center console. The exception to this is Z-Mode, which can be selected using a button located on the steering wheel. The selected Corvette driver mode will then display in the instrument panel. Pressing the Z-Mode button a second time will revert the system back to Tour mode.
With that covered, let’s check out what each of these modes is designed to do.
Tour is the default mode for the C8 Corvette, and is designed for normal driving around town or on the highway by providing a smooth ride that balances handling benefits with comfort.
As one may guess, Weather is designed for use on slippery surfaces, such as snow or rain. General Motors points out that this mode should not be used if the Corvette is stuck, such as on ice, gravel, sand, snow, or mud.
Sport mode makes the Vette a little more taut and sharp. Finding a nice medium ground among all the Corvette driver modes, Sport is intended for “spirited driving,” and will activate Performance Shift Features whereby the dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission will maintain a lower gear for improved response and available engine braking. GM adds that “if no spirited driving is detected after a while, the Corvette will revert back to Tour mode.”
This is the most aggressive of all the preset Corvette driver modes, and is recommended only for closed circuits. Track model will maximize handling, as well as activate the Performance Shift Features and sharpen the steering response. Throttle response is also adjusted.
The first of the customizable Corvette driver modes, My Mode, is designed to personalize the various onboard settings for an individualized experience during everyday driving. Various settings available for customization include the exhaust sound (if equipped), steering response, suspension (if equipped) and braking response.
Z-Mode is another customizable Corvette driver mode, which, in addition to all the settings customizable with My Mode, adds in the option to customize the powertrain settings, if desired. What’s more, activating Z-Mode is quick and easy thanks to the steering wheel-mounted button.