Great review on the HTC and agree with your notes. I have found that letting others drive the car that do not appreciate that the DCT is not an automatic is an issue. The rev on the engine does shock people as they want to punch it then coast. This is not what happens with the DCT. I have the sky cool grey interior and i also have a little wear showing. So far I just wipe it down with a damp microfibre cloth when at the car wash. My sueded GT2 seats are taking a bit more rub off my clothes so if I were blue pants then I get blue fibers sticking to the seats. Again, just a cleaning issue. I am sure a vacuum will take care of it. Almost time for hibernation until spring. So depressing.For those of you who don't like lengthy "verbose" postings ruining your busy day, skip this one now and regardless, it's of course your choice to read what you want. But some may find this helpful and it's with those in mind, I'm giving this review:
1. I've got the 2-tone grey/black interior. I'm surprised the three grey lines that extend below my front windshield, reflect onto the windshield and depending upon what I'm looking at, they can be somewhat annoying. I listened to others warning about this reflection for lighter interiors like the "natural dipped" (tan) but didn't think it would be of any concern for mine. I'm being extremely critical with this comment but for those ordering their C8's, you might consider getting a black (only) upper dashboard or a darker colour below the windshield to have zero reflection. Something to think about.
2. My interior has grey (off white looking) coloured side bolsters and I'm already getting a bit of smudging on the driver's side edge from rubbing against it when getting in/out. My salesman suggested I not coat it with any protectant seal, since he claims that will only attract more "dirt". He recommended just keeping it clean and suggested that saddle soap works the best. I'd like to know how others have maintained their lighter coloured bolsters and what works best.
3. As others have said, the break-in ended at 805 km and the tachometer changes, so the red line for RPM's increases from 4,500 to 6,500 letting you know that you're now free from any factory restraints and no longer have to vary your speeds or keep it under 4,000 RPM. The start of real fun! And note: I was a trusting idiot and generously let a "good friend" drive my car during its break-in and after he assured me he'd not exceed 4,000 RPM. He's owned several Corvettes and still has a C7 so knows something about them. But of course he couldn't resist and after ten minutes on residential streets, he "punched it" and the tach went wild. So a word of advice: let NO ONE else drive your C8 during its break-in period.
4. If you don't opt for the Z51 package, IMO I think it a "must" to get the NPP (performance exhaust) option. It compliments the car and driving experience, especially after the break-in period when you can use sport mode and listen to the car go through its gears at higher RPM's. You know you're in a sports car and there's no better way to bring on a smile for you or your passenger.
5. With the top down and the rear camera stowed away, the inside mirror provides extremely limited visibility due to the hump in the rear middle of the car. I don't know if the coupe shares that same hump. As well, the side nacelles amplify blind spots. I'm used to better visibility so this is one major drawback for the convertible and lane changing with the top down in busy traffic can be a challenge. I still prefer a convertible due to my past motorcycle days, and also with its full access to the trunk for things like golf clubs, when the top is down, unlike the coupe when the top panel stowed in the trunk takes up almost all its room. But you don't see the engine in a convertible and many want that view in keeping with the look of exotics. So pros and cons.
6. The electronics and different programming options for the C8, are amazing. I've never had a car this complex. You need to be patient when learning everything the car can do and there are several helpful YouTube videos but the best way to figure it out is practice. For those who ignore these options and just drive the vehicle, IMO you're missing out on fine-tuning it to best enjoy your ride. I suspect I'm not saying anything new for owners of past Corvette generations.
7. The touch screen is really sensitive and I'm wondering if it's just mine. When I go to adjust volume using the knob, my fingers next to the screen will change it from Sirius to FM or AM, without actually touching the screen. So just being close to the screen is enough. Has anyone else had this happen?
8. Finally, the number of people who stop to talk about the C8, is surprising. Just this morning when at 2 shopping centre parking lots for about 20 minutes each, I spoke with 4 people who wanted to know all about the car and how the convertible works with 2 of them waiting until I returned to the car. Then there were the 9 or 10 vehicles that did "slow drive-bys" to see the car close-up.
An amazingly fun vehicle that feels really solid at higher speeds. As many have said: well worth the wait.