Last year, GM Authority drove several examples of the C8 Corvette, climbing behind the wheel of the 2021 Stingray last June, and the 2022 Stingray in December. On both occasions, we walked away impressed by the C8 Corvette’s refinement and comfortable driving characteristics, leading us to to conclude that General Motors should – scratch that, needs to share the C8 Corvette’s architecture, specifically with Cadillac.
Under the skin, the C8 Corvette rides on the all-new Y2 platform, which, simply put, is very, very good. The cutting-edge Y2 platform makes the C8 Corvette Stingray an amazing vehicle to drive, with a premium demeanor that’s miles ahead of Corvettes of the past.
Indeed, the C8 is effortless, running and driving like a luxury car should, with all the attributes that would make it a perfect fit for Cadillac. Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) are all very low, and, as far as we can gauge, roughly twice as good as NVH levels offered in the C7 Corvette.
By comparison, the C7 Grand Sport, ZR1, and Z06, are all much more “hardcore,” which is great for those customers that enjoy that kind of thing. However, these attributes also make the C7 a poor choice when it comes to serving as a platform for a luxury vehicle.
Unfortunately, the C8 Corvette’s platform is the only premium-level Chevy that doesn’t share its platform with Cadillac. The other premium models would be the body-on-frame SUVs, the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, which shares GM T1 with the Cadillac Escalade, and the Camaro’s Alpha platform, shared with the Cadillac CT4 and CT5. Nevertheless, we would argue that the Y2 platform is in fact the best architecture in the Chevy lineup for Cadillac. It’s simply too good not to share.
So, what are we imagining? Picture, if you will, the C8 Corvette Y2 platform with unique bodywork and proportions, incorporating the latest Cadillac design language and a premium Cadillac interior. We’re thinking a hardtop convertible body style from the get-go, while behind the cabin, we would mount the twin-turbo 4.2L V8 LTA gasoline engine, a.k.a. the Blackwing V8, which is exclusively equipped by the Cadillac CT6. Add in unique suspension tuning via Magnetic Ride Control, slap a $100,000 price tag on it, and call it The Cadillac Blackwing.
While General Motors previously attempted to “Cadillac-ify” the Corvette with the XLR, that car failed due to poor execution. The Cadillac XLR was too close to the C6 Corvette, whereas the C8’s Y2 platform would be the perfect choice if Caddy did indeed decide to pursue a new mid-engine luxury sports car.
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