The all-new eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette introduces a variety of sweeping changes for the storied Chevy sports car, not the least of which is a brand-new, mid-mounted V8 powerplant. Naturally, such a significant alteration necessitates equally significant attention – enter the C8 Corvette Engine Appearance Package, which (literally) sheds light on the Bow Tie brand’s latest atmospheric V8 powerplant.
Offered on all trim levels for the C8 Corvette Coupe, the Engine Appearance Package adds two key components to the engine bay, including:
- LED lighting that illuminates the engine compartment
- Carbon fiber closeout panels located on either side of the engine
Pricing for the C8 Corvette Engine Appearance Package is set at $995, per the vehicle’s online configurator, tagged with RPO code ZZ3.
Looking over images comparing the C8 Corvette engine bay with and without the Engine Appearance Package, we find that the optional extra adds a good amount of glitz and flash to the overall aesthetic. The carbon fiber trim bits give the engine bay extra performance flavor, while the LED lighting adds exactly the right emphasis.
And it makes sense. After all, the C8 Corvette is the first-ever production Vette to mount the engine behind the cabin, and a little pomp and circumstance is definitely appropriate. What’s more, the C8 Corvette Coupe’s clear rear hatch cover is simply inviting more attention, so why not add a little extra spice to the mix?
Paired with optional extras like the Edge Red or Sterling Silver engine cover (both priced at $525), and the C8 Corvette engine compartment packs even more visual drama for onlookers.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette features the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 engine, which produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional Z51 Performance Package (490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque without the package). Output is sent to the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while under the skin, the latest Corvette rides on the all-new Y2 platform. Assembly takes place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.