Motor Trend voted the newly redesigned C8 Corvette as the 2020 Car of the Year. The next generation has arrived, and it delivers more power than ever. A beastly 495 horsepower, 470 lb-ft torque sits under the hood, hitting 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and reaching top speeds of 194 mph.
Combined with premium interior styling, this mid-engine beauty is sure to impress Corvette enthusiasts. Owners lucky enough to get their hands on the 2020 C8 Corvette love their new ride. As they take to the roadways breaking this baby in, they are finding a few little annoying problems that, while not huge, need to be addressed in next year’s model.
Forward-facing camera problems on the C8 Corvette
General Motors introduced forwarded facing cameras in the 2016 C7 Corvette. The technology is still utilized in the 2020 C8 Corvette, with no major improvements, making parking difficult with the current features.
There are several settings on the monitor to access the three different camera views. When backing up, five lines appear to assist in gauging distance and avoiding obstacles. The side blind zone cameras help the driver judge how close they are getting to something.
The problem lies with the front-facing camera. There are no guidelines to help with visualizing how close the nose is getting to a deterrent in front of the vehicle. This makes parking very difficult, especially in a garage. With a shorter nose than the C7, it is hard to determine distance without getting out of the car or having someone else assist with the parking process.
Performance Data Recorder (PDR) vs. Heads up display
The Performance Data Recorder (PDR) is not correlating with the data from the heads up display. The speedometer is tracking one speed, but the PDR is recording something completely different.
This diminishes user confidence and needs to be more precise for drivers that use their car to race. The heads up display is also lagging, and response time is very slow when using the console buttons to change a radio station or adjust a display function. Instantaneous feedback is expected in a vehicle of this caliber.
Whistling sound when windows are down
Sports car enthusiasts love to drive with the windows down and the rooftop off. In the 2020 Corvette C8, there is an annoying whistle coming from the rear of the vehicle.
At around 45 mph, the whistle starts and can be heard bouncing off the side mirrors. This issue, though small, takes away from the overall driving experience.
Poor response time with back-up sensors
The rear parking sensors are slow to respond when something is in the direct path of the vehicle. According to C8 Corvette owners, the warning system beeps way too late, making it difficult to respond in a timely fashion.
When the car is put into reverse and starts to move backward, several bars appear on the heads up display. Yellow bars appear first, followed by red when the vehicle is approaching the obstacle. The warning system beep doesn’t activate until at least three bars are illuminated, which is way too close for comfort.
The depth perception in the rearview camera is extremely misleading, and there are no incremental measurements on the heads up display to give exact distances in relation to the object in the camera. There is simply no visual trust in this system.
Owners keep locking their keys in their C8 Corvettes
One of the most annoying problems with the 2020 C8 Corvette is how easy it is to lock the keys in the car. When the door is closed, three beeps sound, indicating the alarm system has been activated.
The horn then honks, the side view mirrors retract, and the doors lock, with or without the keys in the driver’s hand. There is remote access through the phone app to unlock the vehicle, but if that isn’t close by, the driver is out of luck.