Want your best look yet at the 2020 Corvette Stingray? The new mid-engine C8? This might be it, for now. It’s the book that Chevrolet dealers and sales staff get to make sure that they know all the colours, the options, the oh-so-important-in-50-years-at-auction RPO codes, and even the accessories. It’s normally dealer-only, but this is the most hyped car of the year and this is 2019. So here you go.
The booklet gives you some of the highlights of the car. Or at least what GM wants you to have highlighted. We should note, though, that this is a US guide. So while most things should be the same, some differences could occur on Canadian cars.
The C8, like most mid-engine exotics, will get a nose-lift system. To help make speed bumps and steep driveways less of a worry. It’ll hike the nose 40 mm in under three seconds at speeds up to 40 km/h. Even more impressive, it’ll store up to 1,000 GPS locations so you can remember those steep driveways, awkward parking garages, and sleeping policemen.
There’s a diagram showing you where the door handle is. Because it’s now hidden up under one of the side strakes, and there’s little more embarrassing than not being able to get into your car.
Another highlight is the extra space. For the cabin and for cargo. The frunk will hold a carry-on size bag. The rear trunk will hold a pair of stacked golf bags, and there’s a photo showing it. The trunk will also hold the roof panel, but not with bags loaded.
The new model gets three seat choices. A GT1 seat designed for long-distance driving and standard on 1LT and 2LT. A GT2 model with carbon trim and a wider shoulder support. It’s standard on 3LT and comes in Napa leather. And then the Competition Sport seat, designed for track driving and it looks much wider and meaner with a performance fabric on wear spots like the bolsters.
If you want colour options, you’ve got 12. Though half of those look to be a variant on white, black, and silver, there are some real colours. Like the mid-engine appropriate Accelerate Yellow. There are six seatbelt colour choices including a yellow that goes with approximately zero of the nine interior colour options but we’re glad they have it.
There are videos to show off many of the features too. Enough that you’ll probably spend this Friday afternoon playing with them instead of working. We’re sure the boss will understand.
Full playbook here.