The available front suspension lift system for the C8 Corvette is a handy feature that allows the driver to temporarily increase the vehicle’s front ground clearance when entering parking lots and driveways or going over speed bumps.
Rich Dinkela, a car enthusiast who runs the YouTube car channel Roamin’ Rich, recently got his hands on a new C8 Corvette and decided to put the front suspension lift system to the test before giving his viewers feedback on whether or not he thinks tit’s worth ordering. He was surprised when he reviewed his footage, though, as he noticed the $1,995 front lift system allows the vehicle to completely raise one wheel off the ground if necessary. The wheel automatically stops spinning once the vehicle detects that it is no longer in contact with the pavement, but it’s fairly interesting to see a C8 Corvette cock a wheel in this fashion.
The front suspension lift system is fairly straightforward. All the driver has to do is press the associated button in the center console when they approach a bump they think is big enough to scratch the bottom of the car. This will raise the front of the vehicle by approximately 40 mm (or about 2 inches) in less than 3 seconds, Chevy says. The system, which works at speeds of up to 24 mph, can also remember up to 1,000 GPS locations, enabling it to pinpoint where the front suspension lift has been activated in the past and automatically switch it on in future instances.
While this option is a little bit pricy at just under $2,000, it can be very handy for C8 Corvette buyers that want to use it as their occasional point-a-to-point-b mode of transportation or take it on road trips. With the front suspension lift system equipped, owners will never have to stress too much about scratching the bottom of their car when pulling up to a restaurant parking lot or entering a hotel parking garage, for example. At the same time, owners who plan to drive their Vette very occasionally and only want to use it for spirited backcountry drives or track days may find this option unnecessary.
Check out the video below to see the front suspension lift in action, courtesy of Roamin’ Rich.