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.
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.