1LT, 2LT, 3LT: Explaining The Difference Between C8 Corvette Trim Levels

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.

RPO Code 1LT 2LT 3LT
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
Head-up Display UV6 - 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.

2021 C8 Corvette Stingray Starting Prices
Coupe Convertible
1LT 60,995 $68,495
2LT $68,295 $75,295
3LT $$72,945 $79,945

However, these are not the only criteria. Chevrolet sold 20,368 units of the 2020 Corvette, and only 2,946 were of the 1LT trim level. Clearly, most buyers want more than the base model can provide.

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.

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View Comments (19)

  • I am within days (after 18 months) of placing my order for a C8. The above break down of the packages with price has been the most clear break down I have seen.
    Thank you

  • The list did not include the Z51 option which I have on my 2020 HTC. Offers a tighter handling that I am used to.

    • The list included only options which are available with one or two of the trim levels. The Z51 package is available with all three.

      • Ivan - they literally spelled it out for you. The list includes features unique to each trim level. z51 is available across the board so it makes no difference what trim level you get because you can still get Z51.

  • 1LT, lighter, less complicated, and performs as well as the others. Oh I forgot to mention, more affordable.

  • Typical GM: No homelink on a base model $60k vehicle. How many buyers plan to leave their vettes outside? SMH.

    • If you care about these things, then you should already know that you should never buy base. Base is literally that: basic. If you opt for basic, you can do the other basic thing of bringing your garage door opener with you into the car and use it to open your garage.

      Want more advanced features? Don’t get base and don’t be basic. It’s literally that simple.

  • I paid base price plus approx. $30K in options I wanted....no additional dealer fees. Love the car, loved the museum delivery!

  • All dealers sell for base. However if they bought one from an individual, they could charge whatever they want to.
    Also, if you buy a 1LT, the resale will be tough as most want the items that are standard on 2LT and 3LT.

    • After waiting 14 months at local dealer with few allocations . I have gone to a volume dealer further away! I am 359 on their list. Does this suck or what?

      • buy something else, better cars out there if your willing to pay the over sticker pricing from the greedy dealers, than buy a better car. I love corvettes , I have had 35 of them but will never pay over sticker from these dealers. I have had Ferrari's and others. These are nothing more than statement cars. Not practical just toys. Stop making these guys rich. Corvette is GM's highest profit car. Most of these are being purchased by first time buyers of Corvettes.

  • They left out the “nose lift” which was only available if you bought the 2 LT package even though it was not part of it
    At least that was the way GM had it when I got my 20 20
    C8, I also recommend to any one if you are not going to track the car don’t get the Z 51 package it rides very hard
    The tires are summer only and they cost a fortune

    • I disagree with you on the Z51 ride being hard. I am not going to track my 2021 Z51 HTC. I did not like the idea of not driving with the summer only tires in Indiana if it is below 40 degrees. I bought a set of all weather tires and new rims (I didn’t want my CF rims damaged changing tires) the summer only tires have much less road noise and better grip. I will change back to summer tires soon! Enjoy the ride!

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