We’ve examined the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray six ways from Sunday, giving you the lowdown on the exterior, interior, engine, cargo areas, and more. Now, after hours of, ahem, research on the C8’s configurator, we know exactly how we’d spec our ideal mid-engine Corvettes. Torch Red or Accelerate Yellow paint? Carbon Flash or black wheels? Competition seats or the more comfortable GT1 buckets? Find out how we would build our dream Corvettes below.
My perfect 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 needs to stand out, so it must have the loudest exterior color available, and that’s Accelerate Yellow. It must be paired with a two-tone brown and black interior to give it a sense of style. Since I’m a performance junkie, the Z51 Performance Package is mandatory for maximum grip and cornering capability. That combo plus the active exhaust should cause necks to snap. -Stefan Ogbac
I like white cars with dark wheels for all the right, practical, and super boring reasons. Contrary to popular belief, white is easy to keep clean, as are dark wheels (brake dust doesn’t show as much). Because I heard visual comparisons to Acura NSX, I also “tuner-ed” up my ‘Vette (gasp, horror) by selecting every single carbon-fiber trim piece available, a red engine cover, red brake calipers, and interior bits like stitching and seat belts. And, of course, the biggest wing currently available. -Ed Loh
I’ll spec my C8 Corvette for grand touring duty. Thousand-mile road trips searching for all-star asphalt—that’s my jam. So if I were buying a mid-engine ‘Vette, I’d go with a Long Beach Red Z51 Stingray with the 2LT trim package and Pewter open spoke wheels. The Z51 Performance Package is kind of a no-brainer for those who plan to drive hard. It has better tires, bigger brakes, a performance exhaust, and a limited-slip differential—plus it’s the only way to get access to GM’s excellent Magnetic Ride Control. Give me the 2LT package for heated and ventilated seats, an upgraded sound system, and power-seat bolster adjustment. I also have a soft spot for tan leather seats, and I need to step up to 2LT to get them. The GT2 mid-grade seats offer plenty of support and they’ll be a lot more comfortable for a long trip than the aggressive Competition thrones. This gives me a balanced, mid-engine GT car with enough creature comforts for covering thousands of miles and the performance hardware I’ll crave when the going gets twisty. How soon can my first trip start? –Duncan Brady
I’m a big fan of stealth, with accents. So my Corvette would be Shadow Gray Metallic, with a body-color roof and Carbon Flash open spoke wheels. I’d throw in Edge Red brake calipers, the red accessory engine cover, jet black leather seats with red stitching, and red seat belts. I’d get the 3LT trim package, which gets you (among other things) a head-up display, heated and vented seats, power lumbar and wing adjustment, curb view camera, a Bose Performance Series 14-Speaker audio system and satellite radio, and Performance Data Recorder to show all those times I’m smokin’ fools who dare challenge my mighty Corvette’s sub-3-second 0-60 time (I would assume the rearview camera will record pursuing cars vanishing in my exhaust wake?). Chevy has not listed pricing, but I will check back when they do. If I were a betting man, I would say this would come in right around $73,985. –Mark Rechtin
If you’re going to splurge on a Corvette, why not show off its new mid-engine proportions with a bold paint color? I think its curves and creases look best in Torch Red, complemented by a visible carbon-fiber roof. Black wheels with black brake calipers would match well with Carbon Flash-painted outside mirrors and a high-wing spoiler. I would also opt for the red engine cover, but the available exterior stripes seem like overkill. I would pick the mid-level 2LT trim, which like the higher 3LT trim, includes heated and vented seats, a curb view camera, 14-speaker audio system, power lumbar and wing adjustment, head-up display, and other important features. But I’ll decline the next level up because I want the most comfort-oriented seat design. Give me Adrenaline Red seats to match the exterior, and seat belts in Natural, and I’m ready to carve canyons in style. -Kelly Lin
How would I configure the new C8 mid-engine Corvette? As loud and aggressive as possible! Hey, it’s “my” car. Don’t like it? Go back to your own configurator. Now, obviously, the FE4 suspension with the magnetic dampers, the biggest wing Chevy has, and the most uncomfortable seats. In this case, the Competition seats. I like hard seats. Don’t know why. I also like sleeping on the ground. I’d (obviously) go for the Z51 Performance Package, too. Bigger brakes, Michelin PS2 summer tires, front splitter, sport exhaust. Basically, if there’s a performance part laying around, bolt it to “my” ‘Vette.
You’d think color might be a hard choice now that there are a dozen to choose from. You’d be wrong. Zeus Bronze is the one I’d get. Why? Brown Corvette! Exactly how I like my C3s. Also, there’s no green, so this choice becomes even easier. Interior gets a bit trickier. A brown car with a red interior is probably the way to go, but I think I’d go for the burgundy over bright red. Or Morello over Adrenaline Red in Corvette parlance. I’d definitely get the red seat belts (duh) and I’d want matching brake calipers, or as close as I can get. The darker red is called Edge Red. Done. Wheels? I think normally I’d always go with gold wheels, but with a bronze-brown car, I believe I’d opt for the Accessory Black Trident Spoke wheels. Not only will black look better, but I like that design the most.
So yeah, Chevy, I need a new long-termer. Let’s go. -Jonny Lieberman
I normally like my cars understated, but if I’m springing for a Corvette then I want something that stands out. I’d start with the Z51 handling package and the 2LT trim with black and tan leather interior. For my exterior look, I’d go with Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic with Midnight racing stripes—because why not? I’d also spec it with the Trident Spoke alloy wheels finished in Ultra Bright silver, and Edge Red-painted brake calipers. To highlight the C8’s mid-mounted 6.2-liter V-8, I’d check the box for the red engine cover. It’s the least I could do to acknowledge all the hard work the Corvette team put into moving the engine behind the driver. –Alex Nishimoto
Step 1: Z51 package, because obviously, and add the FE4 magnetic shocks. Since we’re doing this with Monopoly money, make mine a 3LT with the premium stereo and Competition seats, finished in Morello Red leather with Natural brown seat belts. No carbon-fiber interior trim package for me; I prefer the aluminum. On the outside, though, I’d spring for the carbon-fiber accents on the grille, splitter, and door mirrors, plus the big rear wing. Not on the roof, though. Keep that body color, and make the big side blades body color, too. Finish it in Rapid Blue with yellow brake calipers over the Spectra Gray Machined Trident Spoke wheels and give it full-length Sterling Silver stripes. Lastly, the Engine Appearance Package to cast a flattering light on the red Accessory Engine Cover. –Scott Evans
I’m way classier than this, but it’s good to know you can go for the extreme. Bronze wheels with bright yellow and a touch of red with black stripes makes something wild. Step inside and the sea of blue combined with the yellow exterior will hurt your eyes. Too bad you can’t add the yellow seat belts to this interior, but if red carbon fiber was an option it would be there. I’m eagerly waiting to see this combination on the streets of L.A. –Miguel Cortina
To my eye, the C8 Corvette is a bit garish. Surely that’s part of the Corvette ethos; it’s an angled, creased manifestation of aggression. It lacks elegance against some competitors, and I’m still coming around to the exterior design.
That’s why I opted for “Zeus Bronze” paint for my dream C8—brown always classes up a joint. It’s the antithesis of the Accelerate Yellow chosen by some of my esteemed [read: deranged] colleagues, and I chose to have the side inlet painted body color to improve the profile’s continuity. That said, I checked the box for Z51 Performance Package and some visible carbon-fiber trim pieces.
Wheels in Pewter finish seemed to be the only choice to accent the paintwork. Their subtle gold adds a contrasting warm brightness to the dark overtones, and black or machine-finished wheels are so passé these days. I left the brake calipers black to let focus fall on the rims.
Inside, I chose the lovely Natural Dipped theme, which extends a rich cognac hue across the interior. Even the carpets are color-matched. Basically the only black elements that remain are the seatbacks and steering wheel, but at least the tiller gets a centering stripe in that nice brown tone. What you can’t see online is that two types of leather are used: smooth grain in some areas, and rough suede in others. The color is identical, but that differentiation in texture creates a visual effect that will keep the interior looking fresh for years to come. –Alex Leanse
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