C8 Corvette customers looking to outfit their mid-engine masterpiece with the factory Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package are in luck, as the aesthetic upgrade is now once again available.
As GM Authority covered back in February of 2020, the optional Visible Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package (RPO 5VM) was cancelled last year due to a supplier issue. The aero upgrade was more popular than originally anticipated, and reports indicated that the supplier sourced to manufacture the body kit was unable to meet the surge in demand. As such, the package was removed from the online configurator, and customers who had ordered the package for their C8 Corvette were notified that their order had been cancelled.
Now, however, the C8 Corvette Ground Effects Kit in Visible Carbon Fiber is once again available. Although the kit has yet to reappear on the official Chevrolet Corvette online configurator, it is once again available on the Chevrolet Accessories website for both the 2020 model-year and 2021 model-year vehicles.
The aero upgrade includes three components, including a front splitter and a pair of side rocker panel moldings. Each component is made from carbon fiber, and offers a “dramatic, ground-hugging appearance.” According to GM, the pieces will also reduce drag and increase traction, thus improving overall performance. A Chevrolet-engineered rear spoiler is required with the new components.
Each kit includes all the necessary hardware to install. Pricing for the kit is set at $4,695, per the official Chevrolet Accessories website.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2, which produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the factory performance exhaust system. Output is routed to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.