Even a Chevy allows you to brag with some expensive & silly options

GM pledged to keep the price of the Corvette C8 down and kept its promise with the announcement that the first mid-engined ’Vette will start from just $59,995. It is, then, only natural that we should take a peek at the other end of the scale and try to find some really expensive Corvette C8s. With neither the Z06 or the ZR1 out yet, this fully loaded C8 may just be one of the most expensive out there. For now, at least.

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The Corvette is a staple in the automotive industry for a variety of reasons. Today, the reason we’ll be discussing is value for money. At $58,900 the now-retired Corvette Stingray C7 was almost $33,000 cheaper than a comparable Porsche 911 Carrera. In other words, merely two years ago you could buy a Corvette and a $28,700 BMW 3 Series - both brand-new - and still end up having spent less money than you would’ve if you’d dropped by your nearest Porsche dealership and asked for a Carrera. That’s how insanely cheap the Corvette C7 was and it was merely following in the footsteps of its older brothers.

Now, the C8 is doing much the same: here we have a mid-engined supercar able to hit well above its weight in terms of performance and on-track prowess and it costs little more than a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The guys over at Donut Media did the math for us and, if you divide the C8’s MSRP by its power output (490 horsepower in the base model courtesy of the 6.2-liter LT2 V-8), you end up with an enviable $122/horsepower ratio. To bring back the Porsche comparison, a 2020 MY 911 Carrera equipped with the 3.0-liter, 379 horsepower, flat-six boasts with a $260/horsepower ratio, more than double that of the Corvette.

But some people aren’t happy simply telling everyone how awesome of a deal the Corvette C8 is. No, some people go out of their way to spec out their cars so that they cost as much as possible. GM should probably thank them for their hard-headed desire to tick out every option on the list and it should start with Youtuber ’Chevy Dude’ whose Corvette costs over $100,000. It may seem impossible to add over $40,000 in options but that’s until you start hearing the man talk and start adding up the numbers.

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Take the tires on this car, for starters. They had to be bought separately as the optional trident rims didn’t come with tires included. The four Michelin tires cost $1,800 which is $700 more than the price of the optional rear wing. The sporty look is completed by some protruding side skirts and splitter extensions but those weren’t included in the sticker price as they were acquired at a later date. Still, they’re $6,000 on ACS Composite’s site. There’s more exposed carbon fiber by virtue of the $2,495 exposed carbon fiber targa roof.

Inside, the Ground Effects package made another $1,500 disappear from Chevy Dude's wallet along with the $995 he paid for the engine appearance package that adds some exposed carbon fiber on the bracing around the engine and some fridge lights on the inner side of the hood that make the engine more visible if you pop the hood at night and want to show it off to somebody.

Going through the oily bits, this white (for now since the owner plans to wrap it someday soon) Corvette features the $1,895 magnetic ride control system which gives the C8 "the smoothest riding possible" with the stiffest being with the standard springs/dampers on.

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A mention in this department should also go out to the Z51 performance-enhancing package that’s $5,000. You’ll get an electronic limited-slip diff, bigger Brembo brakes, and a performance ratio rear axle all part of the deal (the sportier Z51 suspension wasn’t fitted to this car since the magnetic one is in place).

While the list goes on and on, we can’t help but think paying $5,000 to select your VIN number must be one of the weirdest ways you can spend $5,000, period. Having said that, if Chevy Dude would’ve just decided to keep the 5 Gs in his pocket, this ’Vette wouldn’t have cost $112,000 and it also wouldn’t have been one of the really early examples. Being an early bird ain’t cheap!

Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995
Michael Fira
Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - fira@topspeed.com
Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read More
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