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  • First Drive of 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 - Jay Leno’s Garage

    Jay gets an exclusive first drive of the highly anticipated 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible with Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter.

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  • #2
    Fascinating interview. Thanks Jeremy for sharing it with us.
    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 22 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      Wonderful video, and I am only a short way through it. Thank you jagamajajaran.

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      • #4
        PHENOMENAL! Best hour of video I've seen in a while, and in my color!

        I've said it before and this video confirms it, the lines on the convertible are stunning, much more so than the coupe.

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        • #5
          Definitely one of the top C8 videos we have seen so far. Lots of quality information, and best of all, tons of great audio. The C8 sounds fantastic, I love the crisp rev matched downshifts and the burble at idle. This will be a blast to drive.
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          • #6
            Two Thumbs Up ! Thanks Jeremy.
            Rocket City Florida

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            • #7
              Excellent video. Thanks Jeremy. Always great to see Jay with Tadge in a new Corvette. Interesting that the car will mechanically hold back 20% of the torque, until it reaches 500 miles, to assure a "proper" break in.

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              • #8
                Yeah I remember the C7 tach would not go to red line until 500 miles. Now the C8 holds power back not just the tach. I never beat on a new car ...even on a road test. That first 500 miles can be a pain in the neck to live with because you want to red line her. But just drive it more I guess. Can’t wait for March to get here. Oh boy that video just got me anxious again. Thanks Jeremy.
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                • #9
                  Interesting that this video has been sitting on the shelf for some time. Wonder who's decision that was.
                  C8 Coupe, Zeus Bronze, 3LT, TU7, HUE, GUI, CF7, EFY, EYK, J6N, NPP, E60, STI, VQK

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by capevettes View Post
                    Excellent video. Thanks Jeremy. Always great to see Jay with Tadge in a new Corvette. Interesting that the car will mechanically hold back 20% of the torque, until it reaches 500 miles, to assure a "proper" break in.
                    And something Jay couldn’t quite grasp, he kept attributing it to being a pre-production car. Tadge didn’t bother to correct him.

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                    • #11
                      That was a lot of fun - thanks for posting Jag.
                      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; Delivery July 1, 2020

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                      • #12
                        I must say this about Jay Leno driving the HTC with Tadge: it was about as informative as any video I've seen. In layman's terms, Jay, with his interview background and his love of cars, asked all of the pertinent questions (yes, it was scripted) of Tadge and what we all thought we knew, was confirmed. Thank you Jeremy for posting this!!

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                        • #13
                          I have always held out Steve McQueen as the "Coolest man ever." Now Tage is beginning to push him. Jeans, running shoes-the whole bit. He just exudes COOL. With Leno sharpe enough to ask the right questions Tage is the perfect interviewee.
                          Ceramic Gray Metallic Z51 w/TT interior Spec Grey Wheels

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                          • #14
                            Great video. Man, never have I been more interested in a convertible!! Does anyone know is the roof CF?

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                            • #15
                              Great video. Thanks Jeremy. Did not know about the Trunk/Frunk release lit safety buttons which is quite an improvement over the C7 trunk release. Also did not know that the back glass works independently from top. What a machine the C8 is.....
                              Heidi
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