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The C8 Corvette's Tachometer Changes After The Car's Broken In

Gif: Jeremy Welborn (YouTube)

Freshly minted motors need to be broken in gently so all their fast-moving components seat properly. The C8 Corvette uses its fully digital gauge cluster to remind you of that, which is kind of neat.

This YouTube clip from a Jeremy Welborn popped up in the Oppositelock Facebook Group via member Todd W., showing how the Corvette’s redline changes once the car’s passed a 500-mile break-in period.


As a couple of the commenters there mentioned, BMW did something similar with tachometer lights in the 2000s-era M3 and M5. (A lower “pre-warm up” redline would be illuminated before the engine got to operating temp.)

I still think this is fun and cool, though. If automakers are going to force us over to fully digital gauge clusters, which I’ll complain about in another blog, they might as well utilize the customizability of a screen-based interface here as much as possible.

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Andrew P. Collins

A few folks have mentioned that the C7 had the same trick, and indeed, you can find a few videos of that too: