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If You Have Sat in the C8 Driver's Seat: Tell What You Think

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  • If You Have Sat in the C8 Driver's Seat: Tell What You Think

    I have experienced a-sit-in-it.

    1. Feels like $120K car. [ NSX, R8, 570S to me felt like 110K$]
    2. More leg and head room that C7.
    3. Fighter jet impression.
    4. Feels dedicated to purpose. Substantial material fees. Has a unique interior design all its own. In an identity creating way.
    5. Expansive front vision and the rear engine bey view is entertaining and exotic.

    6. Looks Longer than C7. Looks like it was designed to give comfort, practicality, convenience. Grand Tour Car.
    7. Looks Wider than C7.
    8. Sitting in the thing makes 60K$ hard to believe. Like where have you been hiding while we were being cheated and bludgeoned super-priced-ME cars.
    9. Beautiful car.

    10. Cant wait for the test comparisons and to actually drive it myself.
    11. Anticipate that the Z06 [ or whatever } will be surprising and off the charts.

    Last edited by SheepDog; 07-29-2019, 07:40 PM.

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    Excellent review SheepDog. I “ditto” every one of your comments.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      Hello Sheepdog, Did you sit in the GT1 or GT2 or Competition Seat? Or have you sat in all 3? What Trim levels have you sat in? Was it the 1LT, 2LT or 3 LT trim level? Thanks
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Frenzy36 View Post
        Hello Sheepdog, Did you sit in the GT1 or GT2 or Competition Seat? Or have you sat in all 3? What Trim levels have you sat in? Was it the 1LT, 2LT or 3 LT trim level? Thanks
        I did not look to see what seat. Just a great seat. Which ever one it was. Looking over my shoulder at the engine Freached me out. Unreal. It's not a Porsche. Nor Ferrari. Nor McLaren. It is its own thing, ME. Its obvious that they looked at the others. But it stands on its own. Pretty. Shinny. Strong looking and feeling. Same one that was in Atlantic City. It wawas atClick image for larger version

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        was at Chevy Dealer up in Pennsylvania in a small town off US Rout 81. Today. They had it in the show room not many people were there as it was very crowded in Atlantic and the people were very pushy and in-the-way at AC. Up in Pennsylvania a different sort of reserved and tense souls. Did not bother with pictures today. Just sat in it and enjoyed. Got the pictures before and a few are from this cite.

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        • #5
          Did you notice if it was a 2LT or 3LT? If it had a suede steering wheel, it was a 3LT. And if it's a 3LT, it had the GT2 seats, not GT1.
          Last edited by brad66; 07-30-2019, 07:21 AM. Reason: Fix trim levels
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          • #6
            Originally posted by SheepDog View Post
            I did not look to see what seat. Just a great seat.
            Based on other pics I've seen of that Sebring Orange car, it was a GT2 seat.

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            • #7
              Please, no one get a comp seat unless you are at the track a heck of a lot of the time. Not just the seat “wear-avoidance patches” but also the extra firm padding, and even more than the C7’s Comp seats, the bolster stick out further on both the seat back and the seat cushion. In short what GM has done is to create a much better seat for those who are tracking their Corvettes.

              And good for GM for creating the great, super comfortable, visible CF GT2 seats. So nice to now have three options. Well done GM!
              Last edited by John; 07-29-2019, 10:00 PM.
              GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                Did you notice if it was a 2LT or 3LT? If it had a suede steering wheel, it was a 3LT. And if it's a 3LT, it had the GT2 seats, not GT1.
                To your point, can you get the suede steering wheel without suede/3LT option? I don’t like the red stripe in the middle of the leather steering wheel at all
                Last edited by brad66; 07-30-2019, 07:22 AM. Reason: Fix trim levels

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                • #9
                  Anyone have the link to the list of 125 dealers that will be visited by the C8?

                  Thanks in advance.
                  My C8:
                  '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

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                  • #10
                    John posted last night that there would be no list.

                    The best we can do is update this thread as locations become known. https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tour-locations
                    1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
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                    • #11
                      Well that's odd. In the Visualizer if you have the Competition seat and select the Performance Textile option, you are forced to the 1LT trim. Therefore, no camera mirror and no available front end lift.

                      Seems odd. I might want the seat for better autocross or lapping performance, but hey, I drive the car on the street too. Those 2 features above would be annoying to lose.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gators2020 View Post

                        To your point, can you get the suede steering wheel without suede/3LT option? I don’t like the red stripe in the middle of the leather steering wheel at all
                        Per the ordering guide:
                        N26 Steering wheel, sueded microfiber-wrapped
                        1 - Requires (HTJ) Jet Black interior.
                        2 - Requires leather seating surfaces with perforated sueded microfiber inserts interior: HTP, HU6, HU7, HTQ.
                        3 - Requires leather seating surfaces with perforated sueded microfiber inserts interiors: HTT, HU9, HUA, HTG, HUF, HMO, HVT, HXO, HZP.
                        A1 A2 A3
                        So you can get it in the 1LT with the Jet Black interior only. And in the 2LT if you opt for suede seating inserts, which require the GT2 seats (according to the visualizer).

                        But the color stripe on the steering wheel seems to be related to interior color, not the trim level. If you get the 3LT in black interior, it shows a black stripe, but in any other color a colored stripe. And the visualizer doesn't show the suede wheel on the 2LT, so it's hard to predict exactly what you'll get with that option. Maybe a call to a concierge, or a conversation with your dealer?
                        Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                        Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

                        Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                        Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Klinn View Post
                          Well that's odd. In the Visualizer if you have the Competition seat and select the Performance Textile option, you are forced to the 1LT trim. Therefore, no camera mirror and no available front end lift.

                          Seems odd. I might want the seat for better autocross or lapping performance, but hey, I drive the car on the street too. Those 2 features above would be annoying to lose.
                          We have a separate thread on an upcoming announced track package, so what I think what is occurring, and again the Order Guide is more to be considered than accurate than the visualizer, is that as in a featured slider thread of an upcoming official announcement of a “track package,” if one gets the track pack, it will only have the Comp Seat completely covered with “Performance Textile.” If one choose the Comp seat but not the track pack, all Comp seats will come with the four anti-wear patches.
                          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                          • #14
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                              Did you notice if it was a 2LT or 3LT? If it had a suede steering wheel, it was a 3LT. And if it's a 3LT, it had the GT2 seats, not GT1.
                              It was a 3LT Z51. Did not have the suede wheel.

                              To the OP, I agree with your list completely and would add......
                              • The front trunk was WAY deeper than I anticipated. The rear trunk was pretty large as well.
                              • The car had GT2 seats, which felt more "wrap around" than I was expecting. Loved the feeling.
                              • I thought the short front end would feel shorter from sitting in the driver's seat ( 4 different times). Although the seat was all the way back. Perhaps when slid forward to fit me, it would seem shorter in the nose.
                              • Cup holders were much deeper, so it looks like no more flying water bottles on acceleration
                              • WISH you could get RED paddle shifters..... does anyone know anything about how to order them, as I can't find it anywhere?
                              Last edited by Strake; 07-30-2019, 03:52 PM. Reason: Added note about RED paddle shifters
                              3LT Coupe, Z51 Torch Red with two toned Red/black interior. 5VM visible CF ground effects, Carbon Flash wheels, engine appearance package and Carbon Fiber interior trim. Mag Ride control. Red Calipers. VQK Splash Guards. Carbon fiber: mirrors and spoiler; Door handles & boomerangs; Rear Diffuser with vertical diffuser fins; A Pillar; B Pillar; Rear Hatch Side Vents, as well as top camera surround piece and lower under glass piece; Engine bay surround pieces; and front grill trim.

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