We are now just days away from the official C8 reveal and the Corvette team continues to tease enthusiasts. Today Chevrolet released this photo of the C8 Corvette’s steering wheel and they provided this image gallery featuring eight generations of Corvette steering wheels.
If you saw the Carscoops interior photos yesterday, you will see right away that production wheel shown here is different than what was in the leaked photos. And that’s why you always have to take leaks on prototypes with a grain of salt as they are subject to change as the team gets closer to production.
This steering wheel does have the very cool silver-colored “Z” button (ZORA!?) to the left of the horn. Instead of the bright silver 4-way toggle switches on each side, they now appear as black two-way switches that move vertically while another button is utilized for the side-to-side actions. And instead of three buttons arranged vertically on the right of the horn, there are now just two buttons.
Although just the C8’s steering wheel is shown on a stand, each of the previous generation’s steering wheel and dash are shown and it’s fun to see the progression through the years.
You make be asking, why steering wheels? Well, (currently) it’s the one part of the car that requires hands-on operation at all times and the iconic “view behind the wheel” is the view that drivers may remember the most of their former cars.
Below are the eight generations of Corvette Steering wheels, with the captions provided by Chevrolet.
C1 Corvette (1953-1962)
Starting in 1956, the Gen One wheel took on a purposeful look with bored-out, brushed-metal spokes. This example is shown with aftermarket padding and other instrument panel modifications.
C2 Corvette (1963-1967)
The Sting Ray years brought us a simple, but elegant design with a brushed stainless look featuring elongated cutouts instead of round holes. Richer looking teakwood wheels were an available option on 1965 and 1966 models.
C3 Corvette (1968-1982)
The Gen Three wheel was very similar to Gen Two on early models with stainless steel spokes and the same long cutouts in the middle. Later models offered padded wheels to match the interior colors.
C4 Corvette (1984-1996)
In keeping with its colorful pinball-like instrument cluster, Gen Four wheels had an ultra-modern look with only two spokes. The new C4 crossed flags logo sat front and center. Later models included air bags.
C5 Corvette (1997-2004)
The black Gen Five wheel was dominated by a large air bag with the word “Corvette” embossed into the air bag surface. It featured a four-spoke design.
C6 Corvette (2005-2013)
The leather-wrapped Gen Six wheel was a simple three-spoke design with integrated controls and a medallion containing the crossed flags logo at the center.
C7 Corvette (2014-2019)
Looking more exotic than ever, the Gen Seven wheel features a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom design with brushed bright work surrounding the steering wheel controls. A beautiful crossed flags logo adds the finishing touch.
C8 Corvette (2020- )
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.
So what are your thoughts on the shape of the wheel? I know the flat-bottom was appreciated just because it makes getting in and out a bit easier, but I’d be interested if this was just for looks or if there was some other reason for the squared-off shape.
It’s interesting how in the C7 and C8 that Corvette designers have killed off many of the “round” design elements including the taillights, exhaust ports and now the steering wheel. However, we also believe that these changes give the cars their own identity.
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