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    I have been accurately accused of being a Corvette fanboy. I still have a major crush on my C7, both when I am in driving mode, or just when I am staring at it.

    At the same time IMO, there is always room for improvement.

    Please this is not a thread of new features you want but instead, what C7 and earlier features and options you want improved in the C8.

    However, as always, feel free to start a separate thread of brand new features you would want (but thanks for keeping them separate).

    So here is my “most needing improvement C8” feature.

    Living in a cold climate, last night was once more my realizing how abysmal the heated seats in our C7’s are. They are truly poor in terms of both the amount of heat they put out, and secondly, how long it takes even for very minimal seat heat to be initially felt.

    We have two daily drivers, my 2017 WRX, and my wife’s 2017 Mazda 3 GT. The WRX’s seat heaters are “2nd place” of the three, taking too long to heat up, but once they do, they provide a nice amount of heat.

    The Mazda 3 seats stand alone as # 1 of the three, great in terms of shortness of time it takes to feel real heat, and when at that point, they need quickly to be turned down to their middle setting so your thighs, butt and back do not become crispy‘d.

    Last night a friend picked me up in his 2015 Stingray, on a way to our Corvette club meeting. On our way home in the dark, I put on the seat heaters. Five minutes later I am still waiting for the first blush of heat (and they were on high). And even though they remained on high for the entire 20 minute drive home, they were IMO still lacking enough heat — and it was far from a cold night and the inside car temperature was nicely set at 72 degrees. This is as many know, not a problem with his car’s seat heaters, for my 2015’s seat haters are poor also. Lastly, we have read many threads on Corvette forums since 2014 saying this same thing.

    So GM, please up your game and give those of us who live in colder climates, far better C8 seat heaters than our C7’s have.

    What feature would you like to see the C8 improve on compared to your C7 or earlier Corvette please?
    Last edited by John; 01-04-2019, 06:19 PM.
    Some many questions about the ME right now; so few concrete answers yet!

    Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. A ME C8 Corvette is coming next.

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    Free Navigation updates. My $100 Garmin has free lifetime updates so why not free updates for the Corvette?
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    • #3
      I have the Competition Seats in my C7 with the 3LT interior. In as much as I like the Competition Seats, I think the seat itself, not the seat back, could be improved. Rather than radiused as they are, the more rectangular seats of BMW's (with adjustable leg bolsters) and even the Cadillac, offer more support and, IMO, more comfort.

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      • #4
        Must have - start/stop - kidding!

        Blind spot warning, please.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by c8-wannabe View Post

          blind spot warning, please.
          yes yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • #6
            My GS has more than enough bells and whistles. Better traction control can always be used. Anyone here use or heard of DSC Sport? It seems a lot of Corvette owners put this mod at the top of their list. Better suspension control equals better traction and ride.

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            • #7
              Blind Spot Zone Alert (GM’s name for blind spot protection) will be on the C8 as standard equipment. Tadge noted several years ago he wanted to include it in the C7 mid-generation (or earlier), but no physical room for it (rear corner internal heat exchangers).

              Here are the specifics of GM’s system:

              Originally posted by GM Authority
              General Motors Side Blind Zone Alert Technology

              Side Blind Zone Alert is a General Motors active safety technology that provides side mirror alerts to help the driver avoid crashing into a vehicle in their side blind spot (or zone) during a lane change maneuver.

              The technology uses one left and one right short-range radars located in the rear corners of the vehicle to monitor moving vehicles up to 11 feet (3.5 meters) behind the side mirror, one lane over from both sides of the vehicle. The system only works when the vehicle is in a Forward gear.

              A driver is warned of a moving vehicle in the side blind zone via an amber Lane Change Alert icon in the side mirror. The icon flashes if the driver activates the turn signal in the direction of the detected vehicle. As such, a lit Lane Change Alert icon indicates that it may be unsafe to change lanes, not that that it is safe to change lanes. The system is intended to assist in changing lanes, and the driver is still responsible for checking mirrors, looking over the shoulder, and using turn signals before making a lane change. To note, Side Blind Alert does not deliver a Safety Alert Seat vibration or any form of beeping alerts.

              Turning the system or or off is accomplished via a setting in the vehicle settings menu.

              Read more: http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/gener...#ixzz5belqZj5O
              Some many questions about the ME right now; so few concrete answers yet!

              Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. A ME C8 Corvette is coming next.

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              • #8
                Come to think of it, after driving with “Adaptive Cruise Control” in my Genesis, standard cruise control seems antiquated. It would be a welcome addition.

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                • #9
                  I'm sure that I'm just wishing but ,
                  # 1 optional all season tires would be nice ..
                  # 2 better cup holders ..
                  # 3 better seat warmers

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                  A thought if I might ...😎

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Meldoon View Post
                    Come to think of it, after driving with “Adaptive Cruise Control” in my Genesis, standard cruise control seems antiquated. It would be a welcome addition.
                    100% agree. Once you use a car with it, it's hard to go back....

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                    • #11
                      Better seat warmers and ventilation.
                      Better headlights.
                      Better HVAC system, both more output and quieter.
                      There is a madness to my method!

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                      • #12
                        I had forgotten the obvious, that the C6’s HVAC system worked much better than the C7’s; here’s to the C8’s being better than the C6’s (we need not digress in deserved “negatives” for the C7’s). Thanks Plasboy!!!
                        Some many questions about the ME right now; so few concrete answers yet!

                        Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. A ME C8 Corvette is coming next.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Meldoon View Post
                          Come to think of it, after driving with “Adaptive Cruise Control” in my Genesis, standard cruise control seems antiquated. It would be a welcome addition.
                          I for one, do not like "Adaptive Cruise Control"! Like so many of the "autonomous" doodads that have been added to current 2016 vehicles and beyond, I would hope they all have the option to be turned off!

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                          • #14
                            A targa top that doesn't squeak

                            But actually, it's kind of frustrating to spend $70k on a car, drive it home to get through the break-in period and have to listen to the roof squeak for hours, especially when it took 5 minutes to fix. Also I don't think it needs improvement because it's already pretty great but I'm sure the HUD will get some sort of improvement for the C8.

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                            • #15
                              Just a heads up if you have a squeeky roof,,until you properly service the roof...just opening and closing the roof latch one at a time...(so the roof doesnt fly off) in my experiemce works wonders..

                              of course a non squeeky roof system for the c8 is needed...but i stated this so no one should hear squeeky roofs for hours...

                              i daily the thing and when the temps go down first time in a season...opening and then quickly closing the latch one at a time...gets rid of the squeeks..

                              hope this helps a corvette brother out ...

                              cheers..hope the seat heaters get improved on the c8...good to know so,e areas of the c7 that need improvement

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