The Definitive List of Options You Must Choose When Configuring Your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray
Add more coolness to an already cool sports carby Ciprian Florea, on
The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is not yet available for purchase and doesn’t have a starting price, but Chevy already published an online configurator to have fun with. While pricing for all the options isn’t yet available, we can browse through them and even configure the 2020 C8 Corvette for when it will go on sale. The mid-engined sports car comes with more options than ever and we already spotted some must-have features.
Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic
Let’s start with simple things, like body colors. The C8 Corvette is available with more colors than ever: 12. The palette includes the usual choices of black, white, silver, and grey, but you can also opt from red, bronze, orange, and yellow. For the first time in a very long while, you can pick between two different shades of blue: Rapid Blue, and Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic. Rapid is the lighter shade, while Elkhart Lake is the darker hue. I think Elkhart Lake Blue is the most exotic choice here. Not only a departure from the usual black, red, and yellow seen on most Corvettes, it accentuates the C8 Corvette’s sharp lines and wedge-inspired design. The color reminds me of the C6-generation ZR1 Blue Devil and that’s enough for me to forgive Chevy for not offering a green color for this generation.
Visible Carbon Fiber
This option refers to the removable top. The element comes standard in body color, but you can also go with a transparent top to let sunlight flood the cabin. The third option is a carbon-fiber lid with a transparent finish that lets you see the carbon weave. Why is this a cool option to have? Well, carbon-fiber not only looks cool, but it’s also lighter, so you’ll also shave a few pounds off. Just be careful about what exterior color you choose, as visible carbon-fiber might not work with every hue.
Z51 Performance Package
The Z51 is the most comprehensive package you can buy for the C8 Corvette and it comes with a few interesting and desirable features. First up, it adds the performance exhaust that brings five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque on top of the standard figures. This feature takes total output to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Next up, it adds a higher performance suspension and larger brakes, but it also includes the electronic limited-slip differential. The Z51 bundle also includes Michelin PS4 Performance 3 tires and the larger rear spoiler that provides up to 400 pounds of downforce. While not included in the package, you can opt for the suspension system with Magnetic Ride Control if you buy the Z51 bundle.
Spectra Gray Machined Trident Spoke
Choosing the perfect wheels is no easy task with six options to pick from. But there’s one rim design that stands out. Called Trident Spoke, it features a cool five-spoke design with Y-shaped elements and it’s available in three finishes. While black and silver are always cool, its the Spectra Gray Machined finish that seems to be the most exotic option thanks to its two-tone look. Combining dark gray with silver, it works with almost any color.
Carbon-Fiber exterior accents
The removable top isn’t the only feature you can order in visible carbon-fiber. You can do the same for the mirror caps with the Accessory Visible Carbon-Fiber Mirrors option and the front bumper side vents with the Accessory Visible Carbon-Fiber Grille Inserts. The front splitter and the side skirts are also available in this finish through Visible Carbon Fiber options in the configurator. Just look up the photos that show these specific elements.
The wing is included in the Z51 Performance Package, but if you skip the bundle you can have it as a stand-alone option. As previously mentioned, it provides up to 400 pounds of downforce, but it also looks cool on the deck lid. All high-profile sports cars have wings nowadays and your C8 Corvette shouldn’t hit the road without one.
Engine Appearance Package
Here’s another cool option you should get if you want to show off. While the other engine cover options only allow you to replace the black cover with red or silver elements, the Engine Appearance Package also adds carbon-fiber accent panels on each side of the engine and LED lights to illuminate the cover. It’s not yet clear whether you can combine this option with a red or silver cover, but it looks just as cool with the standard black cover.
Two-Tone Blue interior
The C8 Corvette’s interior is just as customizable as the exterior. You can pick from 13 different upholstery color combinations that include both monochrome and two-tone layouts. On top of the usual black and gray, Chevy offers red, light brown, and blue options. The Two-Tone Blue version looks the hottest, as it combines bright blue surfaces with darker grey areas that also have a blue tint. In a day and age when most carmakers no longer offer blue interiors, it’s an option you cannot miss. Combined it with the Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic exterior and you’re all set.
Morello Red interior
You don’t necessarily have to pick a two-tone layout to have a cool interior. Monochrome are just as cool in the right color, and Morello Red is the perfect example. This hue is very similar to Bordeaux and goes nicely with the aluminum trim on the door panels and the black inserts on the center console. It’s classy as well and reminds of the cool interior in Corvettes from the past, especially the C3 and C4 generations.
Carbon Fiber Interior Trim Package
We’ve already established that having carbon-fiber on a sports car is as cool as it gets, so you definitely need to get the Carbon Fiber Interior Trim Package. This bundle replaces the instrument cluster’s black frame with carbon unit, but it also adds the lightweight composite on the center console, just below the big infotainment screen. You’ll also find carbon-fiber on the door panels if you add this package.
The C8 Corvette comes with sporty seats in ever trim, but you can upgrade to either GT2 or Competition seats if you need more lateral support. The Competition seats are best suited for track racing, as they offer enhanced lateral support through bigger side bolsters. The headrests are also integrated into the seat, just like in professional race cars. These seats feature carbon-fiber trim, just like the GT2 seats, and they’re also wrapped in the same premium Nappa leather. However, the Competition seats have performance textile in high-wear areas so they’ll look like new for a longer time, no matter how much you’ll struggle through the bends at the race track.
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