With a Chevy Small Block V8 engine and a starting price just under $60,000, the Corvette C8 is not your typical mid-engine sports car. With that in mind, it bears to reason customers will use the C8 in novel and interesting ways, such as transportation for a pair of bikes. Interestingly, GM is preparing for just that, as the automaker was recently spotted testing a SeaSucker bike rack on the latest Chevy sports car.
Per a recent set of spy images, a Corvette C8 Coupe model can be seen with two bikes mounted on the roof.
The bike mount in question is the Mini Bomber Rack from SeaSucker, which attaches to the roof by way of four six-inch vacuum mounts to hold the two front bike forks. In back, we spot two individual wheel straps that attach to the rear hatch, also with a vacuum pump.
The advantage of a system like this is that it provides flexibility and easy installation for those customers that may want to bring their bikes to the trailhead one day, and go with a clean, uncluttered appearance the next.
After removal, customers can place the two front wheels into the Corvette C8 trunk or frunk. SeaSucker also sells a part that mounts the front wheels to the exterior of the vehicle, if desired.
This system will also presumably work on the Corvette C8 Convertible.
GM is likely testing the mount to ensure that it works when attached to the engine compartment of the Corvette C8. Given the C8’s mid-engine layout, it’s important to ensure that the rubber mounts used in the bike rack system maintain a proper seal with the vehicle, even when the engine compartment gets hot.
Although the bike rack won’t be a Genuine Chevrolet Accessory, it will still be offered as a possible solution for those Corvette customers interested in using their vehicle to transport bikes to and fro.
Per the SeaSucker website, the SeaSucker Bomber Rack is priced at $489, and can hold two bicycles up to 45 pounds each.
As GM Authority covered last month, Cadillac is also offering SeaSucker roof-mounted bike carriers, including the SeaSucker Talon, which can accommodate one bike, and the SeaSucker Mini Bomber, the same mount seen in testing on the C8 Corvette above.