2020 Corvette Stingray Pricing Revealed
When General Motors debuted the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, the automaker promised it would start below $60,000. It’s just barely been able to keep that promise at $59,995, which incorporates the obligatory $1,095 destination charge, but it’s still an impressively low target for a mid-engined performance vehicle. You can, of course, option out Chevy’s C8 Stingray to a much higher price tag.
Fortunately, even if you go absolutely mental on the options, you’ll still be saving yourself some cash vs any of the Corvette’s chief rivals. For example, a bare-bones Porsche 911 starts at $98,750 while the Corvette has to move up two trim levels and take on loads of extras before it surpasses $80,000.
The C8 also comes equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 putting down 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Porsche’s 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six only makes 379 hp and 331 lb-ft in its base configuration. By the time Chevy customers can easily outspend Porsche loyalists, GM will probably offer the C8 with a beefier engine and Z06 badge, which will no doubt undercut the 911 Turbo.
However, rather than prognosticate on how the new Stingray will continue to remain dirt cheap vs its European rivals, let’s examine what Chevrolet is actually offering. Starting with the $59,995 base 1LT model, customers receive the aforementioned 6.2-liter V8, eight-speed dual clutch automatic, LED headlamps, 8-way adjustable seats, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, 12-inch digital gauge cluster, and an 8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The $67,295 LT2 trim adds a 14-speaker Bose audio system, heated/vented seats with a memory option, front-mounted camera, navigation, power-folding mirrors, satellite radio, colorized head-up display, and a performance data recorder. It also opens up the door for new color options. 12 different hues can be applied to the car’s exterior, with six seatbelt colors (each of which cost $395) and the same number of interior themes.
LT3-trimmed Stingrays incorporate leather-wrapped doors and instrument panel, suede trim and fancier GT2 seats done in Napa leather. You can continue adding suede and carbon fiber for more money, too, but the base LT3 starts at $71,945.
That makes the LT2 the most robust platform to build from if you want the perfect affordable supercar. Yet even base Corvettes can take advantage of the $5,000 Z51 package. That adds Michelin PS4 summer tires, a performance exhaust system, more hardcore FE3 suspension, upsized brakes, a limited-slip differential, improved engine cooling, and larger spoiler. Magnetic ride control can be added for another $1,895.
If you want the big wing by itself, it’s $1,150. Meanwhile, the performance exhaust can be had as a standalone (adding 5 hp, according to GM) item for $1,195. The front lift-kit system is exclusive to LT2 and LT3 trims and adds $1,495 to the final price tag. Special brake caliper colors are all $595 extra while adding racing stripes or dressing up the engine with an appearance package (red and silver) adds about a grand each.
However, the biggest-ticket options are easily the carbon fiber pieces. You can add the material to just about every inch of the car’s exterior and pay a premium for doing so. If you just want the mirror caps, you’ll spend $1,145. But it will take nearly $10,000 to do the entire exterior.
This is, of course, just for starters. Chevrolet hasn’t announced all of the paint/wheel pricing and we know it’s bending over backwards to provide “an unprecedented level of personalization” with the C8. It wouldn’t be impossible to option the mid-engined coupe well beyond its $59,995 starting price. But, even if you did, you’re likely still walking away having spent less than you would have anywhere else. Just don’t expect dealers to be as a kind as the factory, they’ll be issuing markups anywhere they can.
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