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2020 C8 Z51 Is "the First Corvette With World-Class Handling," Laps Laguna Seca

The C8 has the Z51 Performance package, designed to help the mid-engine sports car deal better with prolonged activity on the track. It provides upgrades that keep the vehicle from overheating and the brakes from fading after intense use but also enhance its aerodynamics and acceleration. The latter part is done through a combination of more power (5 extra hp) and a shorter final-drive ratio. After a series of hot laps around the track, Randy Pobst is completely sold on the new Corvette. "The C8 is a much more refined car than the C7 ever was," he says, accentuating the fact it remained at pretty much the same price level. He also had high praise for its dual-clutch automatic transmission, saying it is dangerously close to Porsche's excellent PDK unit. The time, however, is a bit underwhelming as the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z51 could only better the result of a C7 Z51 by 0.45 seconds. Randy puts it on the tires (Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP), but he's not making excuses - he doesn't have to. He claims the Corvette finally has "world-class handling for the first time" and that, from a driver's perspective, is enough to make it the best Corvette ever.



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