There Could Be Another Big Problem With The C8 Corvette

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Hopefully, this is just an isolated incident.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is a total departure from any Corvettes that came before. Finally, the Corvette became the mid-engined American super sports car it was always meant to be. Despite some pushback from those who liked the old way of doing things, buyers who have embraced the new layout have had plenty of reasons to be annoyed anyway. Most recently, we've seen a Corvette engine fail after just 57 miles, while others have experienced a serious braking issue. Now, there's a new problem, and although it doesn't seem to affect performance, it's still not cool.

UPDATE: A GM spokesperson reached out to Motor1 with the following statement: "What people are seeing is cosmetic. We have determined that it does not degrade the performance of the vehicle."

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As you can see from the pictures, the problem is with the radiators sitting behind the C8's front corner grilles. With large openings that are near to the ground and little to no protection from road debris, these radiators have been taking punishment from little stones and bits of grit, and with the car in the picture reportedly having covered just 689 miles, it's likely that any real freeway use in the C8 will result in the same issue.

The person who posted these photos to the C8 Corvette Owners (And Friends) members-only Facebook group is apparently not the owner, and we have no details on how the car was being driven, but considering that the paint on the bumper and grilles still looks perfect, it's doubtless that the car was abused.

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Interestingly, many owners with much more mileage have reported little to no damage in this area, so there's a good chance that this was either caused by driving on gravel roads, following traffic too closely, or incorrect use of a high-pressure washer when cleaning the car. Some aftermarket companies offer mesh covers that can hide any damage these radiators take on, but there's still an ongoing debate over whether these covers restrict airflow or not. Either way, this does seem like an isolated case and is possibly caused by misuse of the car, so we wouldn't worry too much about this one. We just hope that the C8 stops developing new problems or its success will be greatly diminished.

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