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The biggest change is the elimination of chromed wheels have been replaced by more traditional buttons.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.
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.