GM Is Now Offering A C8 Corvette Carbon Fiber Engine Cross Brace11
As our long time readers may remember, GM Authority reported on the possibility of the C8 Corvette getting a carbon fiber engine cross brace as a Genuine Corvette Accessory. Well, over a year later, General Motors is finally offering such a feature, and it’s available through the Chevy Accessories catalog.
Constructed of Visible Carbon Fiber and prominently featuring the Corvette Jake logo, this new accessory piece (RPO code SLN) is designed to provide both a visual and performance upgrade for the 2023 Corvette. GM claims that this rear cross brace increases lateral stiffness by almost four percent, and yields a more direct steering feel.
Available for both the C8 Stingray and C8 Z06, this new accessory will put buyers back $2,895, and comes with all the necessary hardware to bolt it right up to their Corvette.
It’s worth noting that per the Chevy Accessories website, the carbon fiber rear cross brace is only compatible with 2023 Corvette Coupe units, and will not fit 2020-2022 Corvettes.
As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette is available in two variations, the 2023 Stingray and the 2023 Z06. The C8 Stingray is powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, and rated at 490 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, or 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with optional dual-mode performance exhaust system (RPO code NPP). Meanwhile, the C8 Z06 features the high-revving and naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which develops 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
In addition, the upcoming 2024 Corvette E-Ray combines the aforementioned LT2 engine with an electric motor on the front axle to bring total output up to 655 horsepower.
Under the skin, all C8 Corvette variants, including the hybrid C8 E-Ray, ride on the GM Y2 platform. Production takes place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.
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Every little bit helps when adding structural rigidity but based on everything claimed by CORVETTE engineers seems like this is a piece of eye candy, The space frame is already inherently rigid.
Cute but not worth it, for an HTC.
4%? Nothing to sneeze at…
If there was really an issue that this item helps to solve, then it should be available to the 2020-22 models.
My guess is already on constraint, but if you’re willing to wait 6 to 8 months they’ll deliver it along with a special letter congratulating you on your impeccable taste!
What’s the difference in the 2023 that it won’t fit the 20-22?
$2895 really. unbelievably ridiculous price for a piece of eye candy
I wanted to order that on my ZO6. I’m hoping to get stock ZO6 wheels and S4 tires with the $5k we get for not selling it in the first 6 months so I can pull the CF wheels and H2Rs off. Keep them for track days. If I have any of the 5K left I will put it toward the X brace.
Saw the price and it was just like going too far back w/your toothbrush when brushing your tongue !
I have worked for GM Service Parts Aftersales for 36+years,I also am a Corvette owner.If GM only understands one thing, it’s if you can afford a new Corvette ($60,000+)new,you won’t scream to loudly over a expensive add on.I have bought a few myself, Corvette owners understand the parts for their car will be pricey.Drive on Corvette owners.