Chevy C8 Corvette Engine Fails After Just 57 Miles

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C8 owners have another potential problem to worry about.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is an awesome machine. With a 6.2-liter V8 generating up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, the C8 is capable of doing the 0-60 mph sprint in 2.9 seconds and achieving a top speed of 194 mph - when it's working. But that's the problem that many C8 owners have had to live with; reliability on this American-made sports car is not its greatest quality. We've seen stories where transmissions fail before even covering 100 miles, the hood flying open while driving, and even brakes failing. But that's not where it ends - now an engine has failed after only 57 miles.

Michael Crummer
Michael Crummer
Michael Crummer

GM is aware of the issue, having quietly admitted back in September of last year that the small-block V8s suffer from "possible broken valve springs". As much as this is a worrying trait for any car and especially one that is purpose-built for high performance, it isn't all that uncommon for brand-new cars to have teething issues in the first year of production. Some of the comments on the original Facebook post depicted above have also showered praise on the engine despite its failure, noting that the valves are remarkably strong to have stayed intact even after one of them had a fatal attraction to a piston.

Michael Crummer
Michael Crummer
Michael Crummer

But for those not fanatical about GM products, this is yet another failure on a car that GM really should have gotten right off the bat. After all, it's not like the LT2 engine in the Corvette is a new motor that the automaker has no understanding of. The very similar LT1 engine has been under the hood of the Chevrolet Camaro for some time. Still, we're giving GM the benefit of the doubt and hoping that 2021 models will have fewer issues. The C8 Corvette is a great car - buyers just want to be able to drive it without worrying that it's less reliable than a classic Vette.

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