From Corvette Blogger:
“After several YouTube videos caught the Corvette’s frunk suddenly opening, the Corvette Team has determined that it’s caused by customers inadvertently opening the frunk via the key fob or interior release buttons and then missing the audio and visual warnings when they put the car in drive.”
As also explained in the Corvette Blogger piece, the fix is to reprogram the fob so that “it’s less likely to be inadvertently pressed causing the frunk to open while the fob is in your pocket. The recall update also updates the maximum speed at which you can drive with the frunk open to 26 mph, down from the 82 mph it is set at currently.”
With nearly 9,000 C8 Corvettes having rolled off the assembly line so far, getting the fix now is a good thing. Oh, you want to see one:
From midenginecorvetteforum.com (are you surprised such a website exists?) a picture of a C8 convertible in Torch Red.
From this Carbonhans Blog piece comes the “news” that the C8 Corvette will have a Z06 version–which will probably first be offered for the 2022 model year–and it will be powered by a small displacement (4.2-4.4 liters, 255-270 cubic inches), twin-turbo, dual overhead cam V-8. I put the word “news” in quotes because a C8 Z06 has long been rumored and documents confirming the rumors have been leaked about the different C8 variants.
The real question is whether or not the LT2 engine that powers current versions of the C8 Corvette will be the last “traditional” pushrod engine for the Vette. Remember that Corvettes have been offered with overhead cam engines before. The ZR-1 version of the C4 Corvette, which was introduced for the 1990 model year, was powered by an engine developed jointly by Chevrolet and Lotus that had four overhead cams and 32 valves.
With the move to a mid-engine design, also moving to an overhead cam design would complete the transformation of the Corvette from “advanced” muscle car to “world” sports car. Well, that’s my opinion. What do you think?
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I have no doubt that the open frunk problem is as GM techs surmise. I have found the trunk open on my Toyota Avalon on more than one occasion if I’ve left it in the parking area beside our condo. From there, it’s within range of my key fob. I’m sure I trigger the trunk open button on the fob as once or twice, it happened while I was “fishing” in my pocket for my house keys. Fobs should have a “flip top” to prevent inadvertent activation. They should also be smaller than a watermelon. At least that’s how big some of them feel in a pocket.
Thanks for sharing, JS.
As is often the case, the source of a problem lies in more than one place.
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I suspect that soon we will see the end of pushrod engines in performance cars. The down side is more maintenance for OHC engines, which most owners will likely ignore. And there have been issues with some OHC engines over the years. Chains stretch (Ford is currently doing upgrades on their 3.5 EcoBoost engine because of that) and belts break. If the engine is an “interference” type, that means a VERY expensive repair, if not outright replacement. With increasingly tight packaging of the engine into the compartment, you are now looking at a “supercar” type service, IE; “engine out” for maintenance work.
Kinda defeats the “everymans” car point then..
Virtually everything is a trade-off. OHC engines are no exception. Ignorant behavior by consumers will never go away, either.
For a performance car an overhead cam engine is a requirement. If GM wants to compete at the lower end of the cost spectrum of the “super car” market an overhead cam engine is necessary. As always the cost per unit will need to meet the budget needs of the bean counters and the lawyers.
The mid engine design of the C8 will dictate the engine/drive train out to do any maintenance on the engine.
Thanks for sharing your expertise, Philip.
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