If you explored Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette configurator when it was first launched last year, you probably came across options for ground effects body kits, available in either carbon fiber or black painted form (shown optioned on the configurator screenshot above). The kits, which include a splitter and side skirts, were recently removed from the car’s configurator without explanation.
A report from CorvetteBlogger.com prompted us to reach out to GM regarding the development. A representative told us it’s removed the ground effects option kits from the C8 due to supplier constraint. CorvetteBlogger.com reports buyers who placed orders for cars with the kits have been notified that the option is being stripped from their configurations.
CorvetteBlogger.com also says current inventory at the Corvette plant means some early buyers will be getting their cars with the kits included—it’s just that the supplier couldn’t keep up with demand to fill every order. It sounds like a lot of Corvette buyers want those aero kits.
GM’s representative told us the kits are dealer-installed accessories, meaning customers who receive cars without them can still order later and get them installed post-delivery. CorvetteBlogger suggests the kits won’t return until at least the next model year.
The carbon-fiber version of the kit had a list price of $4850, making it the single most expensive option on the C8 Corvette, just $150 less than the Z51 performance package. The black painted version cost $3850. If you really need carbon fiber on your Corvette, don’t worry—the carbon fiber targa roof piece, carbon fiber grille insert, and carbon fiber mirror caps are still available.
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