The C8 Corvette offers impressive mid-engine performance ready to be unleashed at a moment’s notice, and to keep everything running nice and cool, the exterior design incorporates large front air intakes. Of course, the size and location of these intakes means that vital cooling components could be damaged by road debris, so to mitigate the risk, Chevy is offering these new front grille screen guard accessories.
Available from Chevrolet Accessories and provided by Scrape Armor, the protective screens fit into the air intakes located in the front bumper of the C8 Corvette Stingray. The mesh grille incorporates a honeycomb design that works well with the rest of the front-end styling of the C8 Corvette, and neatly fit behind the standard intake insert. Finished in black, the screen is subtle, but should be effective at stopping any road debris kicked up ahead of the sports car as it travels down the road.
According to GM, the C8 Corvette Front Grille Screen Guards accessory was created using CAD data and 3D-formed to perfectly match the front intakes of the sports car. The mesh allows air to pass through, while still protecting the cooling elements underneath. There’s also a quick-release fastener that allows the mesh to be quickly removed for cleaning or for track use. The grille has a black powder coated aluminum finish.
The accessory package is offered with two protective screens, one for the driver’s side intake, and another for the passenger’s side intake. The kit also includes the hardware required for installation, tools, and instructions.
Pricing for the kit is set at $399.95, per the Chevy Accessories website. Dealer installation is listed as another $225.
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As a reminder, the C8 Corvette is motivated by the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which is rated at 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Under the skin is the GM Y2 platform, while production takes place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.