Watch: The C8 Corvette’s Redline Changes After First 500 Miles

The C8 Corvette may be an impressive, inexpensive, incandescent sports car, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to treat it right. And that’s why Chevy keeps the redline on the Corvette at around 4,500 RPM until it’s been 500 miles.

The engine, like any engine, needs to break in and that means you shouldn’t be ripping on it before 1,000 miles have been complete, lest you hurt it. And to encourage you not to hurt your baby, Chevy has made the tachometer change at 500 miles. Up until then, the redline is 4,500 RPM and after that, it changes to 6,500 RPM, as you can see in the video below.

You still shouldn’t be ripping too hard on your engine until the thousand-mile mark, according to the Corvette’s chief designer Tadge Juechter, but after 500 miles, torque stops being limited in lower gears.

Below 500 miles, Chevy also reduces torque by about 25-30%, again as a preventative measure to keep you from hurting the engine.

“For as long as I can remember we have recommended a 500-mile break-in period for new cars,” Juechter told Motor1 in January. “Not just Corvette, all cars. It has been emphasized in the owner’s materials with further definition around brakes and driveline.”

And, indeed, this isn’t a new trick. The C7 not only came with similar instructions, it had the same rev-rising trick for its tach.

If we know anything about human nature, though, we know that those first thousand miles will be the longest thousand with your Corvette, but think of it as waiting to level up.

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