Now that the new 2020 Corvette C8 has finally dropped cover, we can dig deep into all the interesting little details on offer. One of these is the new Corvette’s similarly-new key fob, of which we snapped some photos during the reveal event in Tustin, California.
Each C8 will come with two individual key fobs: one with a shiny Corvette crossed-flag logo, and the other with a Carbon Flash (gray) crossed flag logo. This helps owners distinguish which key fob belongs to whom in a family, something that’s particularly useful given that the settings for the C8’s seat memory function are tied to the key fob used.
The front of the 2020 Corvette C8 key fob features six buttons, all of which should be pretty obvious to understand. The top two buttons are for door locking and unlocking, while the two middle buttons are to pop the front truck (or “frunk”) and rear hatch.
The round button in the middle is to remotely start the car, particularly useful for owners who live in warm or cold climates and want to cool down or heat up the cabin before climbing aboard. Finally, the lower, wedge-shaped button with what appears to be a red speaker emitting lightning bolts is the “horn and lights” button, which remotely activates the alarm system along with the Corvette’s horn and lights.
On the back of the 2020 Corvette key fob, we find the modern Corvette logo placed in the upper lefthand corner. Additional silver trim, which can also be found on the sides of the key fob, complement the black plastic cover. A single key ring slot is found opposite of the Corvette logo.
Interestingly, the 2020 Corvette key fob design is nearly identical to that of the all-new 2020 Cadillac CT5. Both key fobs have the same shape, size, and materials. Even the buttons are identical save for the addition of the frunk release button to the C8’s key fob, a change that required Chevy to move the remote engine start button to the center of the fob. The only other difference is the obvious logo swap.
What’s more, it’s worth noting that both the 2020 Corvette C8 and the 2020 Cadillac CT5 both utilize the latest GM Global B digital electrical architecture, the modern electrical “nervous system” that GM developed to offer greater electrical bandwidth and data processing compared to older electrical architectures. This new key fob is part of these new electrical underpinnings.
With that in mind, we’ll no doubt see additional variations of this key fob used with future GM products.