The online configurator is now live.
Chevrolet finally dropped the long-awaited, mid-engined C8 Corvette Stingray last night at an event in California. Immediately after that event, they went one further by opening up reservations and launching the online configurator. Complete with twelve interior colors and six for the interior, you can know spec the Corvette of your dreams. Well, sort of. Since Chevrolet only revealed the Corvette Stingray, that’s the only one you can configure at the moment.
Even still, with prices starting under $60,000, this is still more of an everyman car than a lot of exotics out there. Mind you, there aren’t actual dollar figures associated with these options. That will come later, closer to the launch date. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will start production in late 2019, though reservations are open right now.
There are three available trim levels for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. Interior colors are restricted based on which trim level you pick, and so are your comfort and convenience features.
The base 1LT trim provides an 8-inch infotainment screen and the 12-inch color Driver Information Center, for a start. Beyond that, you get 8-way power-adjustable “GT1” seats finished in Mulan Leather. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is leather-wrapped, and you do still get a 10-speaker Bose audio system. However, you don’t get some of the convenience features you may want, like heated and vented seats or wireless charging.
For those features, you have to step up to the 2LT trim. Then you get a Head-Up Display, power lumbar adjustment, heated and vented seats and a heated steering wheel. You also get a 14-speaker surround sound system, power-folding mirrors, and more driver assistance tech. Side Blind Zone Alert, a Rear Camera Mirror (in the coupe) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard in the 2LT. Most importantly for enthusiasts, this trim adds the Performance Data Recorder for the inevitable track day.
Finally, there’s the luxurious 3LT trim. This really opens up your interior color options, but does not add anything more in the way of technology. Here, you get “GT2” seats in Napa leather with carbon fiber trim. You also get leather-wrapped interior accents, suede-wrapped upper interior trim and leather on the lower sections of the doors.
Let’s start with the exterior colors. Again, you get twelve options here (options with * are extra-cost colors):
- Arctic White
- Blade Silver Metallic
- Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic
- Zeus Bronze Metallic*
- Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat*
- Torch Red
- Sebring Orange Tintcoat*
- Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic
- Rapid Blue
So yes, you can get your Corvette in more of a brownish tint, if you want to. I’m personally a sucker for dark blues, so I would definitely go for the Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic with my dream Corvette Stingray. You can also choose whether you’d like a body color roof panel, a glass one, or a panel with visible carbon fiber.
Exterior accents are also wide-ranging, from a chrome Corvette badge to various bits of carbon fiber on the spoilers, mirrors and side vents and skirts. You can even get accessory engine covers in red, black or silver. The “Engine Appearance Package” adds LED lights to the mix to illuminate the engine, with carbon fiber accent panels.
There are six base interior colors, with some options for contrast stitching with the Jet Black interior:
- Jet Black (can spec with Yellow or Red contrast stitching)
- Adrenaline Red
- Sky Cool Gray
- Natural (tan)
- Morello Red
- Two-tone Blue
Okay, so I went with Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic for my exterior color. Personally, I like lighter and airy interiors, so I’d be comfortable with the Sky Cool Gray interior. You can customize the base interior colors to some extent as well. For instance, you can get the gray interior with black seats.
There are three different variants of seats depending on which trim you choose. Those are GT1, GT2 or Competition seats, trimmed in your choice of suede, leather or “Performance Textile”. Seat belt colors are another option, where you can choose from black, red, blue, natural (tan), yellow or orange.
You have six different wheel options on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, from Bright Silver Open Spoke to the more sinister looking Carbon Flash Open Spoke. You can also get brake calipers painted in Black, Yellow, Bright Red or “Edge” Red.
At the moment, there’s just one performance option for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. That would be the Z51 Performance Package. Though again, pricing is not available for the package itself just yet. That information will come closer to launch.
Chevrolet aims the package at track enthusiasts, adding some enticing goodies you won’t get with the standard Corvette Stingray. That includes Michelin PS4 Performance 3 summer tires and FE3 performance suspension. Magnetic Ride Control is an option on top of that. Chevrolet fits larger 13.6-inch front rotors and 13.8-inch rear rotors as part of the package as well.
Crucially for handling, you also get an electronic limited-slip differential. Chevrolet also fits a relatively modest rear spoiler, though they say it does provide up to 400 pounds of downforce. Finally, a performance exhaust and intake cap off the Z51 Performance Package. The configurator does mention that it adds horsepower, but does not disclose how much. However, reports suggest you need the Z51 Performance Package to get the full 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque from the LT2 6.2-liter V8 engine.
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