C8 Corvette Stingray Interior Dimensions Explained


C8 Corvette Stingray Interior Dimensions Explained

During the Next Generation Corvette Reveal on July 18, Phil Zak, Executive Design Director Global Chevrolet, stated the following about the 2020 Corvette Stingray’s interior:

“The driver compartment is also larger than the previous generation, offering more space and an inch more seat travel.”

There has been much speculation regarding this comment following the release of the official interior dimensions. A simple comparison of these numbers and the same numbers for the C7 Stingray would cause one to deduce that there is actually less room in the C8 Stingray. This is, however, not the case at all.

C8 2020 Corvette Stingray Interior Dimensions Explained

We all know that the seats are designed to move in many different directions. The published interior numbers are based on something called “Design Position” based on a set position of the seat in the design process. These numbers change as you move the seat forward, backward, up, and down.

The C8 Stingray’s driver compartment is indeed larger than that of the C7, which is evidenced by an additional inch of seat travel as well as a greater recline angle that is double that of the C7 seat.

C8 2020 Corvette Stingray Interior Dimensions Explained

Photos by Jeremy Welborn

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  1. I guess with no engine in front there is more room in the front. The driver seat area looks almost claustrophobic, but it may just be an appearance. Can’t wait to see one live and in person.

  2. I think it looks a lot smaller, there’s no cup holder and apparently no place to put a manual transmission shifter. I think I’ll hold onto my C7 Z06 a little while longer.

  3. There will be a Corvette C8 coupe at this weekends Concours Of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mi. and i plan on attending and hopefully may permitted to sit in the car. I am 6’4′ with long legs and thighs. I currently have a ’14 Z51 coupe and with a slight modification I made to the rear seat travel, I have just about 1/8″ right knee clearance to the dash when on the pedal which is marginal at best and no head clearance problems to the top. I have measured the distance on my C7 from the lowest right horizontal seat seam corner (9 1/2″ from the seat bottom) and then measured 30 & 3/8’s inches to the lower dash where I have the 1/8″ knee clearance. I hope that the C8 will have a little more and to clarify the published 42.8″ C8 dimension? ? I will publish the results of the visit this Sunday. dt in Ohio

  4. There is a picture posted on-line at a dealer reveal of a gentleman’s head hitting the roof bar behind the seat, and his comment he is not a tall person. MOST dealerships are saying looky, no sitty in their papermache mockups at their own no-drivey expos; and the Author’s OWN own pictures above shows a coffin-width space for the passenger and driver between the high walls of the console and the door cards. A car with no need for a transmission drive shaft tunnel, or exhaust pipe tunnel could be made to feel light and airy with a flat floor pan, thin arm rests and more glass, instead of blacked-out wedges behind the door, a hump with a high wall center console and door cards that just keep on pushing the occupants in, like those packer-conductors cramming passengers on a Tokyo commuter train. Probably the most anti-social no-fraternizing-with-the-other-occupant car interior that I’ve ever seen. Nobody wants to sit in a space capsule seat for long trips with only gunsight vision and the freedom of movement of a canned sardine; that is why they PAY the astronauts to do so.

  5. The console as well as the jetting door panel grips ……… Why is there the need ? I favor some rich soft leather surfaces . Maybe a low level frame structure floor brace is needed. Like Bob said, why pack occupants in like a can of tuna ? I’m currently going through a 63 Belair two door post four speed car for the enjoyment of extra interior real estate. The article gives no dimension on width. Leg room should not be an issue as the fire wall does not restrict as a front engine layout. I hope this doesn’t turn out cramped for an Indy driver, 120# at 5’9″.
    At the reveal they spoke of increased interior room. With the obstructions don’t see how its possible.

  6. There doesn’t need to be room for a stick shift because there won’t be any. Starting with the C8
    there will no longer be any manual transmissions. All corvettes will be automatics. The end of an era for us old timers.

  7. It really does make one wonder if the interior team wasn’t aware that the engine had moved to the rear. That and a healthy dose of industrial design orgasm, with an explosion of design for the sake of design. Those wing things on the upper dash? What is their purpose? None, none at all, beside looking like some element that may make sense once the car transforms into a robot. Why doesn’t the infotainment screen integrate into anything at all? No reason other than, again, maintaining the Transformers theme. Why are the driver and passenger separated into pretty much separate compartments? Might as well have put in a floor-to-rood divider and designed an intercom system for people to converse.

    I love the Corvette, I have one, but this pointless design for the sake of design needs to stop. It’s just stupid, it serves no purpose at all, and it unnecessarily reduces the car’s practicality. They need to stop designing the car for teens and twenty-something’s design sensibilities since they’re not the ones who will ever be able to afford the car… even if it’s a price/performance bargain.

  8. At 6’1″ I just barely fit in my C6. With the seat back as far as it will go and as low as it will go my right knee has about enough room to pass an envelope between it and the dash. It is fair to assume Corvettes were not designed for fairly tall people without modifications. I love my Grand Sport and other than its interior limitations it’s a super fun car .

  9. Ned, I have found that from a 2001 C5 Conv. to a ’07 C6 Conv., to a 2010 Grand Sport Conv. then to a ’14 C7 Coupe I lost about 2″ of right knee clearance to the dash and even with a slight modification to the seat rear travel. I also have a ’65 C2 Coupe with at least 4″ of clearance – who knew?? I found the the most clearance was to move the seat forward, then seat back to
    vertical, then move seat back all the way and then tilt the back as far as you need. That may give you a little more clearance to the dash. BTW, I am 6’4″ with long legs and thighs. dt in Ohio

  10. I think I depends, as an aviator i found there are rides you get in and rided you strap on. This seems to be the latter. I’m 6’4 265lbs and I just barely fit in the C7. Left leg knee room is an issue when on the foot rest. I always find myself wanting more room right up unti we get to any fun roads and especially on track, where I realize cozy confines are much more comfortable to focus on just driving than remaining in place. A car like C8 where you’re sitting atop the CG may not pitch you as much for and aft but you are going to want to be well locked in as it seemingly rotates around you. I like it, reminds me of a cockpit, and I think that was there design goal.

  11. Hi all, I am happy to report that I was able to sit in the C8 Corvette on display at the Plymouth, Mi. Concours d’Elegance of America Show today and, with the drivers seat in a neutral position and no power, I had about 3″ of right knee clearance to the dash with my foot on the gas pedal and it appeared that there was at least 3″ more behind the seat to the rear bulkhead for further seat travel or recline if the seat will go back that far. I
    also had no problem and ample clearance between the steering wheel and the console with my right leg on the pedal and then moving to the brake pedal. With no power, I could not recline the seat to test that feature further. However, It may have been the comp. seat option though. Again, I am 6’4″ 220# with long legs and thighs and only have 1/8″ right knee clearance in my current 2014 C7 2LT seat Coupe even with a slight rear travel modification. So, game on!! dt

  12. Good to know. There is also a new YouTube video showing a guy who claims to be 6’5” & 300 lbs fitting in with adequate headroom and legroom.

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