Many Corvette fans were worried that when the vehicle made the switch to the mid-engine platform for 2020, General Motors would jack the price up considerably. The Corvette has always been the common man’s sports car, so this would have been a bad look for the Vette and its blue-collar image. So when GM announced the mid-engine Corvette C8 would start at $59,995, the automaker generated a ton of positive press for itself and the Corvette nameplate.
But what really comes with the sub-$60,000 Corvette C8? YouTuber Daily Downshift recently purchased an entry-level Corvette C8 in 1LT trim and put together a video to show his viewers what kind of equipment comes on the mid-engine sports car if you select next to no options on the order sheet.
The only options applied to Downshift Daily’s Corvette C8 is the optional Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, Yellow painted brake calipers and Orange colored seatbelts. Everything else is standard 1LT equipment, which, as you’ll hear him explain, includes the Bose 10-speaker audio system, GT1 bucket seats and five-setting drive mode selector. Equipment unavailable on the base model includes power lumbar adjust, nose lift, front-facing camera, heated and ventilated seats, head-up display, power-folding mirrors, blind spot detection and interior garage opener.
Without the Z51 performance package equipped, the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine in the Corvette C8 produces 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The Z51 package brings a performance exhaust system to the table, boosting output to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet, and also adds a performance suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, a front splitter, a rear spoiler, larger Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, a different axle ratio and front brake cooling ducts.
Hear what Daily Downshift has to say about his base model Corvette C8 1LT in the video embedded below.