Good day Corvette fans. We hope everyone had a great week this week and you’re ready for the short work week up ahead filled with excessive amounts of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. As we shut the hood on the current week we thought we’d turn it over to our loyal readers for a long overdue Friday Poll. This time we’re talking about Corvette wheels.
Wheels are one of the most significant styling factors on any car. They set the tone for all-out performance, daily cruising comfort, or even extended fuel economy. OEM’s often offer multiple wheel options to suit buyers’ varying tastes. Then there’s the wheel aftermarket which has even more flavors than the microbrew beer industry.
Over the years Corvettes have had several wheel options available. C1’s got basic chrome dog dish hubcaps or full wheel covers. C2’s had hubcaps, knock offs, and then finned bolt-on wheels. C3’s sported the traditional GM chrome derby caps and trim rings, with the finned PO1 and PO2 hubcaps as options. Later C3’s added the popular aluminum rally wheels. Corvette’s 4th generation wheel choices evolved from the saw blade style on the earlier cars and shifted to painted 5-spokes on the Grand Sports, Collector Editions, and ZR1’s. We could go on through the other generations, but you get the point here. All Corvettes have had multiple wheel choices from basic painted up through polished or chrome finishes.
When the C8 was introduced last July we were presented, once again, with multiple wheel options. From the Carbon Flash painted 5-spokes to the Trident Spoke Spectra Gray rims and everything in between, there’s more wheel options to be had than ever before.
One thing was missing, though. Where’s the chrome wheel option, GM? We’ve had optional chrome or polished wheels since the dawn of Corvette so why not offer them on the C8? Was is a styling thing? Did the bean counters say that chrome would cost too much or did the marketing folks not see a demand for them? We can even get a chrome badge package on the C8 so why no chrome wheels to go with it? Is this another Corvette tradition that’s gone along with the front engine and manual transmission?
Around here, we think the C8 is screaming for a chrome wheel option. Talking with folks at some of the various events this year, we’ve heard similar feedback. Now’s your chance to sound off in our Friday Poll. Do you think Chevrolet should offer a chrome wheel option on the C8? Yes or no? Have another wheel suggestion? Let us hear it in the Comments section below or on our Facebook page.
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