Of all the options offered for the C8 Corvette, one of the lesser known yet more affordable and useful is the Battery Protection Package.
The Package includes a device to charge and condition the C8 Corvette battery. This is to ensure that the battery is ready to go when the owner wants to fire up the vehicle after it has been parked for long periods, which could be common with those for whom the Vette as not their primary vehicle that, as a result, sits in a garage. The kit is also useful in cold weather, as it conditions the sport car’s battery and electric system.
Operating the device is simple. Just plug one end into the 12-volt power port in the car’s front cargo area, and plug the other end into a 115-volt outlet.
The small size of the device means that it is easy to store when not in use. Chevrolet has also made it more stylish than it might otherwise have been, by adding the famed Corvette Crossed Flags logo.
That price represents a tiny proportion of the cost of the C8 Corvette, which is priced to start at $60,995, including $1,095 destination charge.
Every 2021 Chevy Corvette currently on sale bears the famous Stingray name. They also use the same engine – the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2, which produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque (if the vehicle is fitted with the optional performance exhaust). The atmospheric Small Block drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
All versions are manufactured at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky, which builds right-hand-drive versions for some export markets in addition to the more common left-hand-drive model.
Future models in the C8 Corvette portfolio are expected to include the C8 Corvette E-Ray hybrid, the high-revving C8 Corvette Z06, the ultra-high-performance C8 Corvette ZR1 and the flagship C8 Corvette Zora. The C8 Zora, named after the ‘father of the Corvette’ – Zora Arkus-Duntov, is expected to feature a hybrid powertrain with a total output of at least 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque.