Seriously, try not to get sucked in.
When Chevrolet launched an official web-based Build & Price tool for the then-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8, you'd better believe we were among the first to go and configure our Dream Vette. The C8 is GM's first rear-mid-engine car since the Pontiac Fiero, and a modern performance icon with a 0-to-60 mph time in the three-second range. We would be damned if we weren't going to spend at least a few minutes playing with colors, options, and packages while we daydreamed about what it would be like to drive.
Now, GM may have concocted an even more immersive Corvette-related time-waster, in the form of a new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette visualizer.
Manufacturer Build & Price tools tend to offer somewhat limited views of the car you're configuring, sticking to a few fixed angles showing the exterior and interior without much chance to explore. The new visualizer is different, rendering a full, three-dimensional depiction of the Corvette with whatever wheels, paint color, interior scheme you select, and allowing you to rotate the camera to just where you want it and zoom in closer for a better look.
It's not unlike the 3D visualizer that launched earlier this year for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, only it's far more dangerous. We started playing around with it, and by the time we looked at the clock again, a full hour had passed in what felt like a few minutes.
Within the visualizer, you can select between the Corvette's coupe and convertible body styles, choose your exterior color, swap wheels, try on the Z51 Performance package, choose your exterior accents, and experience different trims, interior colors, and seat styles. You can render the car with or without the headlights on, and with or without the roof.
Side note: if you select the convertible, and then toggle from roof down to roof up, the visualizer plays a cool, true-to-life animation of the top extending into place.
You can check it out for yourself at visualizer.chevrolet.com. Just try not to get sucked in.