The Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray is available as either a Coupe or a Convertible body styles. Each of those is available in three trim levels called 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. The decision about which body style to choose is not difficult – one prefers either a solid roof (with a manually-removable top) or the opportunity to feel the wind in one’s hair with the touch of a button. There isn’t much more to be said about that.
However, picking a trim level of the 2020-2021 Corvette requires more consideration.
|Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus||IOS||S||-||-|
|Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium||IOT||A||S||S|
|Wireless phone charging||K4C||-||S||S|
|Bose 10-speaker audio system||UQS||S||-||-|
|Bose Performance Series 14-speaker audio system||UQH||-||S||S|
|Performance data and video recorder||UQT||A||S||S|
|HD Rear Vision Camera||UVB||S||-||-|
|HD Front and Rear Vision Cameras||UVA||-||S||S|
|Rear Camera Mirror||DRZ||-/S1||A/S1||A/S1|
|Universal Home Remote||UG1||-||S||S|
|GT1 bucket seats||AQ9||S||S||-|
|GT2 bucket seats||AH2||-||A||S|
|Two-tone GT2 bucket seats||TU7||-||A||A|
|Competition Sport bucket seats||AE4||A||A||A|
|Heated and vented seats||KQV||-||S||S|
|Seat power lumbar control||AL9/AT9||-||S||S|
|Seat power bolster control||AHE/AHH||-||S||S|
|Heated steering wheel||KI3||-||S||S|
|Sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel||N26||A||A||A|
|Memory Driver and Passenger Convenience Package||AQA||-||S||S|
|Manual-folding outside mirrors||DWK||S||-||-|
|Power-folding outside mirrors||DYX||-||S||S|
|Cargo net set, LPO||W2D||A||-||-|
|Two cargo nets||AP9||-||S||S|
|Carbon-fiber cluster-surround and console/door switch plates||FA5||-||A||A|
|Custom Leather Wrapped Interior Package||-||-||S|
|Sueded Microfiber-Wrapped Upper Interior Trim Package||IWE||-||-||S|
|Custom Interior Trim and Seat Combination||R6X||-||-||A|
|Adrenaline Red custom leather stitch||38S||-||-||A|
|Yellow custom leather stitch||36S||-||-||A|
|Theft-deterrent system and sensor||UTJ/UTU/UTV||-||S||S|
|Rear Cross Traffic Alert||UFG||-||S||S|
|Side Blind Zone Alert||UFT||-||S||S|
|Front lift adjustable height with memory||E60||-||A||A|
- S = Standard
- A = Available
- 1 = Standard on Convertible only
The table above shows any unique features available either as standard or as an option on the three C8 Corvette trim levels. Any equipment that’s standard or optional across the board is not included because that’s not what we’re here to discuss.
Mechanically, every C8 Corvette Stingray on sale as of this writing is the same as any other. All of them have the same mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 engine which produces 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in standard form, or 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust. This engine drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission supplied by Tremec.
For anyone who wants a Corvette for its looks, sound, performance, handling or any combination of these four, the 1LT is the obvious choice. The 2021 model is priced to start at $61,990 for the Coupe, including the $1,095 destination charge. That’s way less than the MSRPs of the 2LT ($68,295) or the 3LT ($72,945), neither of which is any better looking, sweeter sounding, faster or more capable through the bends than the 1LT.
The 2LT and 3LT versions of the Corvette might not be superior performance cars, but they are – or can be – much better equipped. Both feature a better sound system, more advanced safety features and a wider choice of seats than the 1LT. The 3LT goes still further, with more interior customization options than any other vehicle in the range.