Wildhammer Motorsports of Mudelein, Illinois is offering an interesting way to customize the Corvette C8: a custom engraved emblem designed to fit on the waterfall speaker of the C8 Corvette. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because Chevrolet has a very similar personalized plaque available as an interior option on sold orders. However, there are some differences.
GM’s own version costs $200, and is fitted to the C8 Corvette at the factory. It includes the name of the owner, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the Corvette crossed flags logo.
The Wildhammer Motorsports item is cheaper, at $150 (with free ground shipping), but it has to be fitted by the owner. Customers can compose three lines of text, each with a maximum of 45 characters, which are then engraved on to the emblem. These could include the owner’s name and the VIN, but they don’t have to.
Some people will take pleasure in receiving a brand new C8 Corvette with the emblem already fitted. Others may prefer the Wildhammer Motorsports option because of its lower price and the ability to provide one’s own text.
However, if the car isn’t new, choosing the Wildhammer Motorsports emblem becomes a no-brainer. If the Corvette C8 doesn’t have an emblem, this is a way of getting one. If it does, it will have someone else’s name on it, which is likely suboptimal for the second owner, and replacing it with a new one seems better than simply removing it.
At present, the only C8 Corvette model available is the Stingray, though several more powerful and more capable versions will be added to the range in the future. The Stingray is available in three trim levels – 1LT, 2LT and 3LT and in Coupe or Convertible body styles.
The mid-mounted engine is GM’s naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2, which produces 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque as standard, or 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional Performance Exhaust. The C8 Corvette is built exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky, and is priced to start at $60,995, including $1,095 destination freight charge.