Torch Red paint and black wheels found favor with the majority of customers.
Chevrolet's initial goal of building 20,000 new Corvettes for the 2020 model year was derailed by events beyond the company's control, most notably the effects of the shutdown due to the current global pandemic. Thankfully, Chevrolet decided to extend 2020 production of the Corvette to the end of this year, greatly increasing the chances of reaching its 20,000-unit target.
Now that we're late into November and 2020 Corvette orders can't be changed, the National Corvette Museum has shared the 2020 model year stats for the mid-engined sports car and it makes for some interesting reading to see just how customers specced their cars. The model you see below in red is pretty much how the most popular Corvette Stingray C8 model appears.
With a broad color palette, most customers went for the Torch Red paint - 25 percent of them, to be exact. This was followed in popularity by Arctic White (15%), Black (11.7%), and Sebring Orange (6.8%). For the 2021 Corvette C8, Long Beach Red was dropped in favor of Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, which is perhaps little surprise since only 5.25% of customers opted for the former in 2020. Zeus Bronze was the rarest color choice with just 2.7% of buyers going for this one.
In terms of wheels, the painted carbon flash open spoke wheels got the most love at 41.7%. Of course, you can't talk about the Corvette without addressing its array of appealing options. Of these, the Z51 Performance Package is one of the most popular, with 76% of 2020 customers ticking this box.
Most shoppers skipped straight to the top-spec 3LT trim, which made up 46.4% of all customers. Only 14.5% went for the 1LT trim, which offers tremendous value since the C8 begins at under $60,000 in this guise. Carbon flash vents (93.1%) and carbon flash badges (91.6%) were two of the most popular options.
In the cabin, most customers (14.5%) opted for black leather seats, while a mere 0.1% chose black/gray suede. The front lift system, a welcome add-on for a low-slung sports car, was selected by 58.4% of customers. Unsurprisingly, the coupe was far more popular than the convertible, with 82.4% of customers choosing the former. With the 2021 configurator now live, customers wanting a new Corvette can begin speccing their ideal model.