Over the years, many Chevy Corvette aftermarket options have claimed to improve the iconic sports car’s performance or appearance. And Chevrolet’s introduction of the eighth-generation C8 for the 2020 model year brought all-new body kits. Though the mid-engine Corvette C8 already resembles a supercar, some of these options could make your Vette even better, or they could be among the worst modifications you can make.
Creating a widebody Chevy Corvette C8
The Sigala Designs Widebody RR Kit is a 32-piece kit designed to add GT racing style to the Chevy Corvette. CarBuzz says it might “not be the most tasteful way to modify the mid-engined sports car.” We agree.
This is also an expensive modification, costing $14,995 for the fiberglass kit and $24,995 for the carbon-fiber kit. The parts are also available separately.
Adding OEM 5VM-style ground effects to your Corvette C8
The Atomic 6 Carbon 5VM-Style Ground Effects Package creates a ground-hugging look by adding carbon fiber side skirts and a front splitter, CarBuzz reports. Though the idea is to increase downforce, the company doesn’t say how the kit affects the car’s aerodynamics.
This pricey package comes in at $5,999. You’ll have to pay extra for pinstriping and local installation in Florida.
Adding scissor doors to your C8
Adding Eikon Motorsports Scissor Doors changes the hinge so that the doors rotate up rather than swing open. CarBuzz jokes this mod will give your Corvette “the doors of a billionaire.” Based in Arizona, Eikon Motorsports sells the kit for $2,899. Get it with installation for $4,300.
It’s possible to undo this modification because it uses the original factory bolt pattern to install the doors. The doors have their own lifetime warranty, but installing scissor doors on your Chevy Corvette C8 is a questionable mod at best. Though it looks cool, a change this drastic could void your Vette’s warranty if the dealer isn’t mod-friendly.
Do all modifications void your car’s warranty?
It’s great to have your vehicle’s warranty cover any necessary repairs whenever possible. But if you don’t follow the requirements, your dealer could void the warranty. Modifications or aftermarket parts don’t necessarily invalidate the warranty, though it’s a “gray area,” Edmunds reports.
Some dealerships might say they’ll void the whole warranty anytime the owner adds an aftermarket part. But that isn’t correct. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act says that to void a warranty, the dealership must prove the aftermarket part caused the problem that needs to be repaired.
If it’s hard to tell the cause of the problem, the dealership will generally work to diagnose the cause of the issue and charge the owner’s cost. If the aftermarket part or modification caused the problem, the warranty may be voided for that part. The owner would then need to pay for the repairs. If the aftermarket part or modification didn’t cause the trouble, the warranty stays, and the dealer should refund the cost of the diagnosis.
Having aftermarket parts and modifications can also make dealerships suspicious about misuses like racing or hard-driving, allowing them to void a warranty. Before modifying your Corvette, take some time to read the details of your car’s warranty. It’s also worth looking for a more mod-friendly dealer before you buy.
Overall, modifications are fun ways to customize your Chevy Corvette C8, but do your research before altering your car. Some aftermarket mods, including scissor doors, could void your car’s warranty.