With every new iteration of the Chevrolet Corvette comes innovation. Naturally, with the 2020 Corvette C8, much of the attention is put on the new mid-engine layout and the associated performance claims that come with it. However, there are other, smaller changes taking place that improve and refine other aspects of the car as well.
The C5 and C6 generations of the Corvette received a lot of flak for the quality of their interiors, for example, so Chevrolet made a lot of notable improvements for the Corvette C7, especially regarding the interior materials, and definitely with the design of the seats.
The C8 plays off the changes introduced in the C7, with options like the competition bucket seats, and further hones in on some smaller details such as the center console.
Curiously, Chevrolet moved away from offering a locking center console early on in the Corvette C6, with only some 2005 and 2006 models having this option. A locking center console was also absent in the C7, but it’s back in the new 2020 Corvette. This is useful because within the console is an audio input jack and two USB ports, which makes it a great location to store cell phones, or other small and costly pieces of easily stolen tech.
Looking at the console itself, there is no visible locking mechanism because, instead, the console is locked remotely via the car’s digital display system. This is a simple yet great piece of anti-theft technology, especially in a Corvette. With the removable roof panel taken off, the lack of a locking center console would make a parked and unattended 2020 Corvette an easy target for thieves. The same is true for the forthcoming Corvette convertible when the roof is pulled back.
Many convertible models from other manufacturers, from the Mazda MX-5 Miata to the Mercedes-Benz SL, have had this feature for years. Welcome to the club, C8.
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