When a Chevy Corvette C8 comes within sight, there’s a lot of stuff to pay attention to, and perhaps the turn signal indicator isn’t high on everyone’s priority list. However, the GM Authority policy of obsessively covering The General and its products compels us to draw our readers’ attention to that very thing.
Our model for this demonstration is a 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray painted in the Accelerate Yellow Metallic premium color, a $500 option.
The turn signal in the headlights is a long, narrow strip running the horizontal axis of the headlight cluster.
Moving from front to rear, the strip starts at the extreme inner edge of the light unit, then gradually moves outward for a while before returning to the inner edge in the last few inches. This final change gives what we might call a hockey stick nature to the overall shape.
The light pattern of the front turn signal is a simple on-off in an amber hue.
This is repeated in the side repeater turn signal, which is once again both long and thin, and is mounted in the Chevy Corvette‘s wing mirrors.
The contrast provided by the rear turn signal is striking. Quite unlike the two signals near the front of the vehicle, this one consists of a series of red LEDs. The light pattern begins with all of the LEDs being switched on. They then switch off in series, not in parallel, with the one on the extreme inside switching off first, followed by the one beside it, and so on.
This gives the illusion of the signal moving toward the outside of the Chevy Corvette – in other words, in the direction that the vehicle itself will shortly be turning. This far into the 21st century, a lighting sequence like this is common, but that does not make it any less effective.
While the signal is active, there is a period when all the LEDs are switched off, but it is extremely brief. For this reason, the sequence appears to take longer to complete than the one used for the front and repeater turn signals, even though they all in fact last for the same time.
The Stingray is currently the only model in the Corvette C8 range, though there is a choice of two body styles (Coupe and Convertible) and three trim levels (1LT, 2LT and 3LT). All versions are built at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky, and are fitted with the 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 with the performance exhaust option. More powerful versions will become available in the next few years.
The 2022 Chevy Corvette will be very similar to the 2021 model. The range will also include the limited-run IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, created to celebrate Corvette Racing‘s success in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech race series. The C8 Z06 has been delayed slightly, and will now launch as a 2023 model.