GM Unveils New Steering Wheel For The 2020 Corvette C8 – A Day After We Did

Less than 24 hours after we posted exclusive interior pictures of the 2020 Corvette C8, Chevrolet is firing back by releasing an official photo of their own.

Looking like a blurry rush job, the image shows the steering wheel is virtually identical to the one used on prototypes. However, this particular wheel features slightly different controls on the two spokes.

The biggest change is the elimination of chromed wheels have been replaced by more traditional buttons. Everything else carries over with the exception of the button for the heated steering wheel. That’s an all-new feature on the 2020 Corvette and it appears GM isn’t passive aggressive enough to let that slip out yet.

GM didn’t say much about the wheel, but stated “Just as the eighth generation defines the Corvette formula, so does its steering wheel with its leather-wrapped, squared-off shape to enhance visibility and comfort. Also notable is its contrasting stitching and beautifully integrated controls.”

While there isn’t much to see in GM’s official image, you can always browse yesterday’s post which also shows the Corvette’s new digital instrument cluster and convoluted center console which features a ramp-like structure that is filled with buttons for the climate control system and heated / ventilated seats. Our pictures also show switchgear for the new dual-clutch transmission and a glimpse of the smallish infotainment system which is surrounded by large bezels.

Also Read: Exclusive Look At 2020 Corvette C8’s Dash From Behind The Wheel

Of course, one of the biggest changes about the 2020 Corvette is a serious improvement in material quality. The C8 steering wheel was released alongside images of previous steering wheels and they reveal the model has been a plastic oasis for far too long. The most notable offender is the C5 which GM couldn’t even mutter faint praise for as they said “The black Gen Five wheel was dominated by a large air bag with the word ‘Corvette’ embossed into the air bag surface.” Fun.

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  • getoffme

    That is ugly.

    • Six_Tymes

      your comment, yes, it is.

    • Mark Seven-Ultranine

      I’m glad you think it’s ugly. Please don’t buy one. Us Corvette lovers don’t need your kind. And remember what Mark Twain said: “Better to keep quiet and appear to be dumb than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

    • dumblikeyou2

      It’s an everyday driver steering wheel, not a my-daddy’s-blood-money-riches bought this for me so I can loop around London on Saturdays for the tacky tourists steering wheel.

      Under 100 grand, people. Under one hundred grand. Actually, under 65 grand. A little perspective.

  • Six_Tymes

    I look forward to seeing Chris Harris and or Steve Sutcliffe do a full in-depth review of the car.

  • Dude

    It’s weird but it is an improvement

  • Ben

    “A Day after we did”

    Someone is…tooting their own horn (all the puns intended).

    • db

      Everybody wants to be a somebody.

  • ErnieB

    Clearly they took inspiration from Ferrari with this one

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Corvette steering wheels really aren’t lookers, are they…

  • Bo Hanan

    Chrome and silver plastic are never a good idea on a “serious” performance car. Even for the entry level version.

  • donald seymour

    I’m in the same boat with you.

  • dumblikeyou2

    There’s something about the 80s interior that calls out to me. The wheel is simple and free of buttons, but the quality (for GM) looks different than the following years.

  • Craig

    I still LOVE the 1984 to 1989 dashboard. I would buy a Corvette just for that alone. The 1990 is just awful.

  • db

    You got to wonder how long it will be before ALL of the vehicle’s controls are placed on the steering wheel. These things just seem to get busier and busier with passing generation.

    I know two things you can pull off the wheel with one stick in the middle and a third pedal.

    • Porkopolis

      Add touchscreens to the steering wheel!

      • db

        You know it is only a matter of time…

  • BlackPegasus

    I’m glad GM decided against the chrome switches on the steering wheel. Or maybe it’s two different specs?

  • BlackPegasus

    Which is shocking since 40 percent of the articles here have turned into dashcam crash videos.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Honestly, who signs this tish off?

  • Astonman

    Don’t care much for that wheel design. I like the squared look but not the interior. It needs a third spoke. And I wished they kept the rotating switch. I prefer them to the directional buttons.

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