The Chevrolet Corvette has been dazzling drivers with its scintillating performance, surprising utility, and outstanding value for over 60 years. But the quintessential American sports car continually faltered in one key aspect—interior quality.
Compared to European competitors such as the Porsche 911, the interior of Corvettes suffered from subpar fit-and-finish and a lack of high-end features and quality materials.
With the launch of the radical eighth-generation 2020 Corvette Stingray (dubbed the C8), did Chevy finally give its flagship mid-engine halo car an interior worthy of its class-leading performance?
Luxury and looks
One look at the 2020 Corvette’s elegant and opulent interior and it’s immediately apparent that Chevrolet has designed a premium cabin filled with luxurious touches.
Unique design features like the vertical strip stacked with HVAC control buttons and the handsome electric shifter lend an upscale aesthetic to the interior. The C8 Corvette interior is bathed in suede, from the door panels to the headliner, to enhance the luxurious feel of the entire cabin. Carbon fiber and aluminum are used throughout the dashboard and door panels, giving the interior a sleek, contemporary flair.
The Vette is available in six distinctive interior motifs: Natural/Natural Dipped, Sky Cool Gray, Jet Black, Two-Tone Blue, Adrenaline Red, and Morello Red. Each theme accentuates the clean, chic style of the 2020 Corvette interior perfectly.
Chevrolet intends the Corvette C8 to be a true driver’s car—which is why the infotainment screen and strip of HVAC controls are positioned toward the driver.
The steering wheel features a two-spoke, squared-off design with a small diameter. Although it may look strange at first, the squared-off steering wheel in the 2020 Vette is as easy to use as traditional round steering wheels. You can choose to cover the steering wheel in leather or suede, with both materials providing maximum grip and style.
To enhance the everyday usability of the C8, there are two cupholders in the center console as well as a wireless charger between the two seatbacks. The Corvette cabin seats two comfortably with enough headroom to accommodate occupants over six feet tall. Track junkies, rejoice—you’ll likely be able to wear a helmet inside your Corvette.
Tons of tech
The Corvette C8 Stingray interior also boasts all the latest tech goodies. A new 12-inch digital instrument cluster changes graphics and colors depending on the driving mode you select (tour, sport, track, weather, and two new modes: MyMode and Z mode). The screen looks sharp and displays vital stats like the engine temperature and fuel gauge.
The infotainment screen in the Chevy Corvette Stingray is easy to use and features an awesome Performance Data Recorder to record your Vette’s dynamic numbers, as well as video using the front-mounted camera. This is great for documenting your track day victories or recording a memorable cruise down a scenic highway. For everyone who has seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you can use this feature with Valet mode to see just how kind your valet was to your pride and joy.
Audiophiles will be pleased to hear that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are compatible with the Vette. You can also crank your favorite tunes through the standard 10-speaker Bose premium audio system. If you want an even higher-end audio experience in your Corvette, you can upgrade to a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series system.
Customize your Corvette
The hallmark of premium sports cars is complete interior customization, and the 2020 Chevy Corvette is no different.
You can choose from three seat options: GT1, GT2, and Competition Sport. The GT1 seats feature a sporty aesthetic but are ultimately designed with comfort in mind. The GT2 seats are racier and designed for long drives. Finally, the Competition Sport seats offer the sportiest design of the bunch, featuring additional side bolstering for maximum support during aggressive driving and carbon fiber trim on the headrests to highlight the Corvette’s racing pedigree.
Taking a page from the Porsche playbook, you can choose from six seat belt colors (orange, yellow, torch red, natural, blue, and black), and two stitch packages (yellow and red; black interiors feature standard gray stitching).
What’s more, Chevrolet isn’t restricting the combinations you can order, so fly your freak flag proudly and deck out your Vette with yellow seat belts to set off that Morello Red interior.
Superb at any price
However you option out your 2020 Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet has finally crafted a first-class interior with all the premium features, tech, and luxury amenities you’d expect in a high-performance car, let alone one that starts at around $60,000.