The fleet ordering guide for the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette has finally surfaced and it’s told us a lot about Chevy’s next-generation halo car. Over a total of 36 pages, we’ve learned that there are three trim levels – 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT – while the list of standard and available options is rather extensive. As I was going over all 36 pages, something I noticed was a small block toward the end that made it appear that the entry-level Stingray 1LT doesn’t isn’t even available with a theft-deterrent system – the theft deterrent sensors for vehicle inclination and interior movement are also unavailable for the 1LT. All three are standard on the other trims, so what gives? Is the 1LT Stingray really landing into showrooms without a stock alarm system?

I have to admit that I’m rather disturbed by this and even made a few social media posts to express my discord toward Chevy for doing such a thing. The truth is, though, I was wrong and missed one vital entry across 36 pages of RPO codes, features, and options. Let me explain…

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray LT1 Does Have a Basic Alarm

As you can see from my post on Twitter, I wasn’t all that thrilled about what I found when going over these 36 pages. But, maybe I should have went for that second cup of coffee before I started making my assumptions for the day. See, I missed a very vital piece of information in the standard equipment section, and that’s the following entry:

Does the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray 1LT have an Alarm or Not?
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So, yes, the 1LT trim of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray does have an alarm, but it’s a very basic alarm.

It’s probably the same type of alarm found on nearly all affordable models on today’s market. If the door is opened from the inside while locked, or if the trunk or hood is opened, the lights will flash, the horn will sound, and the engine won’t start until the connected smart key has been used to unlock the vehicle and start the engine. On the C7 Corvette LT, the same basic system also issued a warning on the main display to alert you of potential theft, but that’s it.

What is Different About the Standard Alarm on the LT2 and LT3 Trims of the C8 Corvette?

Does the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray 1LT have an Alarm or Not?
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The LT2 and LT3 trim levels of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette come with additional sensors that provide increased security. A motion sensor will detect movement inside the car when the alarm is armed which should come in handy if you don’t feel like putting your top on while parked. The incline detection will alert you if the car changes position – as in if someone was attempting to lift the car to take its wheels, for example.

Other Random Things You Don’t Get if You Buy a 1LT C8 Corvette

Does the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray 1LT have an Alarm or Not?
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Going for the 1LT trim knocks you out of the running for a few things aside from that fancy alarm system.

The universal home remote is a no-go so no built-in garage door or gate function with a 1LT. You’ll also find that you don’t have the choice to opt for wireless charging or advanced safety features like rear cross-traffic alert or side blind zone alert. You also can’t have the advanced bucket seats (GT2 or GT3) and all of the powered seat adjusting abilities (like lumbar and bolster control) are also out of the running. Don’t expect to update to Chevy’s premium Infotainment 3 system or enjoy any HD viewing on your required backup camera either. There’s actually a lot more that you just can’t have, but that’s a story for another day.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray drivetrain specifications
Type: LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block Material: A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps
Oiling System: Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling
Oil Type: Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic
Cylinder Head Material: 319-T7 cast aluminum
Combustion Chamber volume: 59cc
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.
Valve Size (in / mm): 2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)
Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)
Firing Order: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)
Throttle body: 87mm single bore (electronic)
ECU: GM E99 (32-bit processing)
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): SAE-certified to 495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm (with performance exhaust)
Torque (lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm): SAE-certified to 470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm (with performance exhaust)

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Source: Full 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Order Guide (36 Pages)

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