The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette May start from $59,995, but it gets expensive with the cool options
Get ready to spend at least $70,000 for a decent configurationby Ciprian Florea, on
Chevrolet just released pricing for the 2020 C8 Corvette and, as promised, it costs less than $60,000 in base spec. Specifically, it retails from $59,995, which makes it the most affordable mid-engined sports car on the market. However, adding the cool options will inflate the Corvette’s price quite a bit. Keep reading to find out how much you’ll pay for an optioned-up ’Vette.
Update: Check out our in-depth coverage of GM’s Decision to increase C8 Corvette pricing after the first model year!
The 1LT Trim
The 1LT is the base model, the one you’ll get for exactly $59,995. In this price, you can choose from a handful of free paints, such as Arctic White, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic, Blade Silver Metallic, Black, Shadow Gray Metallic, Torch Red, Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic, and Zeus Bronze Metallic. The good news here is that colors like Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic and Zeus Bronze Metallic are free. However, if you want you Corvette in Accelerate Yellow Metallic or Rapid Blue, you’ll have to pay $500. Go with tintcoat options like Long Beach Red Metallic and Sebring Orange and it’ll set you back $995.
Things become notably more expensive if you select the Z51 Performance Package, the option that adds the performance exhaust, five extra horsepower, and five extra pound-feet of torque, among other stuff. This bundle costs $5,000.
The performance exhaust system, should you want it as a separate feature, costs $1,195.
The Magnetic Selective Ride Control system fetches $1,895. The optional wheels are expensive too, retailing at $995 or $1,495, depending on design and color. Painting the calipers in yellow or red costs $595.
Onto the go-fast stripes, they’ll set you back another $995, as will do the body-colored trim accents. The transparent roof panel also costs $995, but the carbon-fiber panel is much more expensive at $2,495. Opt for the dual roof package and you’ll have to pay $1,995 for the body-color option and $3,495 for carbon-fiber.
Moving inside the cabin, you can choose from four different upholstery combinations at no additional costs. However, you have to pay $395 for colored seat belts and $595 for the suede steering wheel. The Competition bucket seats cost $1,995.
Expect to pay a lot more to customize the looks of the C8 with dealer-installed parts.
The Black Trident wheels cost $2,695. The carbon-fiber aero elements are among the most expensive at $4,850. The carbon grille insert is offered as a separate part and costs a whopping $2,095. If you want aero elements in Carbon Flash Metallic, they cost $3,850. The rocker panel extensions also cost $3,420 in carbon-fiber or $2,920 in Carbon Flash Metallic, while the high-wing spoiler fetches $1,150 in either body paint or Carbon Flash Metallic. The carbon-fiber mirror caps cost $1,145.
If you want the fancy front-lift system with GPS memory, you’ll need to pay $1,495, while the Corvette Museum delivery with the personalized plaque costs $995.
We’re talking more than $30,000 in options! Not to mention that even the most affordable options will take you well into $60,000 territory.
The 2LT Trim
The mid-range model is called the 2LT and starts from $67,295.
Extra features over the 1LT include a head-up display, the Performance Data & Video recorder, and the Bose Performance Series audio system with 14 speakers.
The standard unit has 10 speakers. Other small extras are also included, so you’ll actually save a bit if you upgrade from the 1LT. The extra $7,000 you pay here would become more if you’d get the options separately for the 1LT.
All the other options are the same, so you can still order at least a couple of thousand dollars in options. Some options, mostly interior upgrades, are free of charge.
The 3LT Trim
The range-topping C8 Corvette comes in at $71,945. T
his trim adds extras like GT2 seats and suede-wrapped upper interior trim as the most important upgrades for the $4,650 increase over the 2LT model.
The update doesn’t include the Z51 Performance Package, the higher-performance suspension, the rear wing, or the carbon-fiber trim, so you’ll still need to invest in those if you want more exclusivity and a better performing car at the track.
The options remain pretty much the same as for the standard 1LT Trim, but you also get the free stuff from the 2LT. You want the good stuff? Check the options list and make sure you have enough money in your account.
The Actual Costs
As seen above, the mid-range and range-topping trims don’t add too many extras. Granted, you can make significant savings by opting for 2LT and 3LT over the base models, but if your aim is to take home a customized Corvette and an experience similar to those offered by Ferrari and McLaren, you’ll pay well in excess of $70,000. That’s still cheap for what you get, but the base $59,995 is somewhat deceiving. The bare-bones C8 Corvette is still a solid deal, but all the cool options will hang heavy on your wallet.
The Moderate but Still Nice C8 Corvette
Let’s say that you don’t want a stock C8 Corvette, but you don’t want a loaded model either. What options should you consider and how much would it cost?
I’m guessing many of you can live with the no-cost colors, as there are cool options in there as well. But what about performance? Well, the Z51 Performance Package is mandatory in my book. Not because it comes with five extra horsepower and pound-feet of torque, but because it adds a better suspension, a nicer exhaust system, and so on. This one costs $5,000. You could also add colored calipers to match or contrast the paint, because they’re not very expensive at $595.
A transparent roof panel is also cool to let natural light inside the cabin and it's a good compromise for the wallet at $995.
For a bit of body contrast, you can go with the chrome badge package and the Carbon Flash Metallic mirror caps, both priced at $100 each.
With the colors to choose from inside the cabin, including black, gray, and red, there’s no use in spending though on a different upholstery. But you can get the suede-microfiber steering wheel at $595 and the colored seat belts at $395. You might as well skip the engine appearance package, but you can go with the personalized plaque so you can brag about your special Corvette. At only $200, it’s not much of an investment.
The dealer-installed content page includes the most tempting features, but we can be smart about it as well. While the visual carbon-fiber body elements are quite expensive, you can save a bit with those painted in Carbon Flash Metallic. The ground effects kit costs $3,850. The rocker panel extensions aren’t really worth it at more than $3,000, so you can go with body-colored elements, especially since they’re actually not that big. They cost only $550. The wing is a cool option you can’t miss and you can order it in Carbon Flash Metallic to match the aero kit. This option adds $1,150. Finally, if you opt for the Artic White, Torch Red, or Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic, you can add a matching "Corvette" script for only $395.
That exactly $13,925 in options. Add that to the Corvette's base price of $59,995 and you get a final sticker of $73,920.
|Z51 Performance Package||$5,000|
|Yellow or red calipers||$595|
|Chrome exterior badge package||$100|
|Carbon Flash Metallic mirrors||$100|
|Suede microfiber steering wheel||$595|
|Colored seat belts||$395|
|Carbon Flash Metallic ground effects kit||$3,850|
|Rocker panel extensions in body color||$550|
|Carbon Flash Metallic wing||$1,150|
|Colored Corvette emblem||$395|
|C8 Corvette base price||$59,995|
That’s some serious premium over the base price, but as I said, customizing a C8 Corvette can get expensive. If we ignore the Z51 package, it’s almost $9,000 in visual options for a mild but cool-looking Corvette. Things can get much more expensive, as we will notice below.
The optioned-up supercar
One of the nicest things about the C8 Corvette is that you can add loads of features. You couldn’t do that with the C7 and that was exactly what prevented it from becoming a solid competitor for the big boys. Now you can go crazy and pimp up your Corvette just like you would be able to do with a McLaren.
You can obviously start with the 3LT so you can get some extra stuff from the beginning.
A special car requires a special color, so you could go with that bright Sebring Orange tintcoat. You can also opt for the Spectra Gray machined wheels for a nice contrast.
The Z51 Performance Package is a must here, as is the Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension. Increased performance goes well with full stripes and visual carbon-fiber. The stripes cost $995, while the carbon-fiber roof costs $2,495. The carbon-fiber ground effects kit adds another $4,850, while the carbon-fiber grille insert costs $2,095. There’s also the rocker panel extensions in visible carbon-fiber at $2,920, the high-wing spoiler at $1,150, and the carbon-fiber mirror caps at $1,145.
For added coolness, you should select the wheel center caps with Stingray logo, colored "Corvette" script, and a roof panel storage bag with crossed flags logo. You could also use the premium outdoor car cover to keep your Corvette safe from bad weather.
Interior options should obviously include the Competition Sport bucket seats at $500, which you can have in a two-tone finish at no additional cost for this trim.
The carbon-fiber interior trim package costs $1,500, while the colored stitching and colored seat belts cost $395 each. Other options to consider include the front-lift system at $1,495, the engine appearance package at $995, and the Corvette Museum delivery with personalized plaque at $995.
All these options will set you back a whopping $32,575. Yup, that’s more than half of the C8 Corvette’s base price. Since the 3LT trim starts from $71,945, this configuration will cost you no less than $104,520. But you’ll have the coolest C8 Corvette out there at a price that other mid-engined sports car manufacturers can’t match.
|Sebring Orange tintcoat||$995|
|Spectra Gray machined wheels||$1,495|
|Z51 Performance Package||$5,000|
|Magnetic Selective Ride Control||$1,895|
|Full stripe package||$995|
|Carbon-fiber roof panel||$2,495|
|Carbon-fiber ground effects kit||$4,850|
|Carbon-fiber grille insert||$2,095|
|Carbon-fiber rock panel extensions||$2,920|
|Carbon-fiber mirror caps||$1,145|
|Wheel caps with Stingray logo||$250|
|Colored "Corvette" script||$395|
|Premium outdoor car cover||$460|
|Competition Sport bucket seats||$500|
|Carbon-fiber interior trim||$1,500|
|Colored seat belts||$395|
|Engine appearance package||$995|
|Corvette Museum delivery||$995|
|C8 Corvette 3LT price||$71,945|
All told, you won’t be able to get away with a sub-$70,000 C8 Corvette unless you’re willing to go with a bare-bones version, while a fully equipped variant will cost you close to, if not more than $100,000.
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