Within the Corvette community, the most common C8 styling and equipment complaint has centered around the wheel choices. “For such a revolutionary vehicle, GM really phoned in the rims,” is a refrain that echoes through the various forums. When you look back to the previous generation, or even across today’s showroom, it is easy to see where this camp is coming from. If it was upgraded to Z51-spec, the last vehicle with a Stingray badge came with a split-five-spoke wheel that was striking in chrome and menacing in black despite its simple design. The contemporary Camaro also offers a range of wheels that would be considered more attractive than their big brothers by a vast majority of passersby.
It is no surprise then that a wheel-swap is one of the first things on the menu for many owners of Chevrolet’s new mid-engine sports car. VIBE Motorsports (with a backward “B”) of Los Angeles and other purveyors of aftermarket rims are trying to capitalize on this growing trend by taking to the forums themselves with new options for the hoard of nitpickers to consider.
Vibe’s most recent post in the Corvette Forum’s C8 section features a 4K video of a new offering from wheel-maker, Velgen. The thick-rimmed ten-spoke (very similar in spoke design to the previously mentioned C7 Z51) wheel is called the SL10 and it is shown on an Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic 2020 Corvette. Staggered 19×8.5 in the front and 20×11 out back, the Velgens wrapped in stock Michelin rubber might not be to this blogger’s taste, but they do completely change the look of the hottest car in the US, and they should be a hit with anyone looking to capture that purposeful small-wheel, big tire drag racing image.
If you are interested in switching your new baby to these dual block forged wheels, shown with a brushed finish, they run $1,360 per wheel and you can expect a 4-6 week build time (only about two minutes in C8 time!). Contact Vibe Motorsports for more information and let us know what you think of the SL10 in the comments below.
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