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The All New 2020 C8 Corvette Shares Only One Tiny Part With The C7 Corvette

The C8 Corvette is all new for the year 2020 and in the past GM has shared many parts between Corvette generations but not this time.
Posted: July 22, 2019 - 6:04PM
Author: Justin Nohe

We've now had 8 different generations of Corvette throughout the years. Each new generation is typically an evolution of the previous generation and usually builds on the previous generations strengths while attempting to eliminate it's weaknesses. With this thought process in mind, it's common practice that when taking the strengths from previous generations that would typically mean borrowing parts. While this is a good idea in theory most people don't like it because it seems "cheap".

The History Of Part Sharing With The Corvette Lineup

The 7th generation of Corvette was the first time that GM took almost nothing from the previous generation and attempted to build a car with a much improved interior. They succeeded at this by, for the first time, building it from scratch. Even though they started from scratch they still ended up using a few parts here and there from the 6th generation Corvette but it was a huge improvement over the way GM had done it in the past.

With the 8th generation of Corvette we have now gotten confirmation from GM that they only used one single part from the 7th generation Corvette. Everything is brand new built from scratch except for the door latch. The part that no one ever sees nor would ever care about is the only thing to be shared between generations for this all new C8 Corvette.

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Why Does This Matter?

In reality it doesn't, at least not in my opinion, but people do like to see a new generation being all new rather than partially new. In order to improve you need to redesign and rethink the parts used so it makes sense to build it from the ground up versus reusing old pieces. However, when starting from scratch and building it from the ground up, you now introduce possible problems with "redesigning the wheel" so to speak.

Basically, to really improve the car they needed to build it from scratch and it sounds like that's exactly what GM did. They borrowed one single piece from the Corvettes of the past and allowed this new 2020 C8 Corvette to, in fact, be all new.

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joe (not verified)    July 24, 2019 - 8:43AM

Did you write this so one can say the new Corvette is not all new? It's a silly story. Oh, you forgot to say that just maybe GM used some of the same screws.