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A Mid-Engined Race To The Bottom Is Happening In Real Time

C8 Corvette Engine Failure
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Okay, that’s enough. Although, we suppose anybody attempting to tune the C8 Corvette where it shortly after ends in either catastrophic failure or a dead end has to make up for this expensive acquisition somehow. Maybe that’s why everybody has been chronicling every waking second with their C8 in low-rent vlogs designed to be watched by intellectual neanderthals.

There are several examples of this transgression, and we don’t really have to drop names here. You already know who they are.

Yes, yes, yes, we’re also in the business of generating clicks. So it may appear to be a bit of the pot yelling at the kettle, but we do so by publishing exclusive details on future products, interviews with key figureheads of the auto industry, and otherwise share with you the latest news happening in the pickup truck, SUV and muscle car world. Somebody has to do it. If that sounds like “clickbait” to you, then your homework assignment is to look up the very definition of the word.

Here’s a key fact: the first story published on MC&T over a year ago was that the C8 Corvette will likely be un-tunable. This article remains to be true, well into the launch of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, and it seems that nobody gave a care to listen. Or if they did, they simply didn’t want to believe it. Or they just didn’t care. After all, why trust the new kid on the block, right?

Maybe they’ll pay attention next time. But at any rate, these YouTubers are only posting videos because viewers from all over the world are simping over this low-grade content, and they profit handsomely for it. We suppose everybody needs a hustle. Yet, it follows the disturbing pattern of an overall race to the bottom when it comes to publishing content that’s actually relevant and that moves car culture forward. In fact, avoiding this behavior is a cornerstone of this website.

We understand that this approach may not be all that click-bait worthy. But when the automotive media industry at-large is reading stories from MC&T, perhaps our content is good enough for you, too. And perhaps we can save a few mid-engine Corvettes in the process of reading and sharing it.

Twin Turbo C8 Corvette
Pictured: a twin-turbo C8 Corvette that will soon break.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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