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Will you buy a c8 if the LT2 misses the 500 hp mark?

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  • Will you buy a c8 if the LT2 misses the 500 hp mark?

    Just wondering if any of you would be so disapointed with the hp level below 500 hp on the LT2?

    would you hold off until 500 hp level is meet or exceeded?

    if it doesnt matter to you...at wjat level would you decide to hold off buying a new c8?

    i know its a ridiculous question but just thought I ask

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    For the last 35 years, GM has always had a policy of increasing the power of the next generation Corvette. They know that a 5 or 10 HP bump will not cut it, nor since you JB found that great video with the advancements of the 2.7L TT, there is much more power to be had with the LT2 — especially as the LT1 was first customer-sold in 2012 (a long time in terms of engine enhancements/developments.

    Haven’t answered your question though.
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    • #3
      I'm likely to buy +/- 500hp. HP alone won't govern me. My 460hp "FE" C7 is powerful enough for me. For bragging rites, 500 for the C8 is a nice round number.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JB View Post
        Just wondering if any of you would be so disapointed with the hp level below 500 hp on the LT2?

        would you hold off until 500 hp level is meet or exceeded?

        if it doesnt matter to you...at wjat level would you decide to hold off buying a new c8?

        i know its a ridiculous question but just thought I ask
        Well. The HP number will certainly have an impact on the feeding frenzy when banquete finally gets going. Imagine that, that it will be more like a probability function over/upon the buyer pool rather than individual rational deliberations. A momentum at the unconscious mind level reaching an outcome that must be, post hoc, adopted and advanced as a rationale choice. We strain to think that our deliberations are real and lead our actions.

        The bigger the HP number then . . . the hungrier and more numerous the feeders and more delicious the food. Irresistibly delicious as the number climbs
        Last edited by SheepDog; 04-14-2019, 05:15 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SheepDog View Post
          A momentum at the unconscious mind level reaching an outcome that must be, post hoc, adopted and advanced as a rationale choice.

          The bigger the HP number then . . . the hungrier and more numerous the feeders and more delicious the food. Irresistibly delicious as the number climbs
          Your metaphor makes me hungry. Not so sure how much "the unconscious mind level" has to do with desire for HP. Doesn't for me.

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          • #6
            I don't feel my C7 is underpowered at 460 hp. There aren't many places I can really use that. Even with that same engine, the C8 would accelerate more quickly because of better weight transfer and better traction, corner faster because of the more centralized weight balance, and brake better because, again, better weight transfer. I wouldn't really have a problem if it had the LT1. If it has 475 - 490 hp, I'm not going to complain At all.
            Last edited by meyerweb; 04-15-2019, 03:54 PM.
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            • #7
              Somewhat depends on the weight of the C8 ... I care a lot more about power-to-weight than absolute HP. But, honestly, if I like the rest of the car, the HP doesn't matter at all since I no longer track my cars and I am sure it will have more than adequate street performance.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JB View Post
                Just wondering if any of you would be so disapointed with the hp level below 500 hp on the LT2?

                would you hold off until 500 hp level is meet or exceeded?

                if it doesnt matter to you...at wjat level would you decide to hold off buying a new c8?

                i know its a ridiculous question but just thought I ask
                , I’m really hoping for MORE than 500HP for the “ base “ C8, don’t think I can afford the rumored DOHC ( twin- turbo ?) engine that will be available in the future. I could always buy a 18’ or 19’ C7 ZO6 as an alternative if I don’t feel the C8 has “ enough “ HP or there’s some other things I don’t like about the C8. But I’m confident it WILL HAVE AT LEAST 500HP and be a awesome car !

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                • #9
                  Don't worry. It ain't gonna happen.

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                  • #10
                    Yes it would affect my decision, if it’s not at or over I’d likely wait and see what the next year brings.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                      I don't feel my C7 is underpowered at 460 hp. There aren't many places I can really use that. Even with that same engine, the C8 would accelerate more quickly because of better weight transfer and better traction, corner faster because of the more centralized brake balance, and brake better because, again, better weight transfer. I wouldn't really have a problem if it had the LT1. If it has 475 - 490 hp, I'm not going to complain At all.
                      I totally agree. Our first new Vette, if I remember correctly, had 165 hp (1975). Each one we have owned since has performed better not only due to hp but advancements in many areas including tires. IMO our 14 Stingray is better than our GS was and I believe our new ME will be better than the Stingray regardless of hp.

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                      • #12
                        GM knows it must be at least 475 horsepower. I would buy if that. It will have much better hookup with lots less tire spin and thus be faster than the Stingray by far. The DCT will assist in that.
                        Looking forward to our ME arriving.

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                        • #13
                          I am holding out for the 2nd year Z06, assuming that it will be a Z06.

                          However, I have a feeling that the first year LT2 will be a very strong motor somewhere between 500 and 600 hp. GM wants to make a splash with this mid engine car. A small incremental horsepower bump from the existing LT1 won't make that big a splash.

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                          • #14
                            If they were to put a “500 HP” emblem on a 450 hp car, I suspect, most of us wouldn’t know the difference.......😎
                            The least we can do is wave to each other

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                            • #15
                              Yes, I would still buy the c8 (assuming that it is as least as powerful as the C7).
                              Last edited by WoW Factor; 04-15-2019, 08:59 AM. Reason: Added ()

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