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    I love the idea of the transparent roof for a lot of reasons. I did NOT spec it on my C7 because the sides were not body color. The C8 visualizer shows them painted the same color as the car. However, found this photo of the C8 and they are black. I have no idea if the photo is of the production transparent roof or not. I have no idea if the visualizer is accurate or not. How in the heck does one know for sure!! Any thoughts...

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    2020 C8 | Torch Red | Z51 | 3LT | Carbon | Comp Seats
    2016 Porsche GT4 | Black everything ... sold
    2016 BMW M2 | Blue | MT ... sold
    2014 C7 | Torch Red | Z51 | 2LT ... sold

  • #2
    I believe the second photo you are referring to is not a clear top but the solid carbon fiber top option.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ZORA 69 View Post
      I believe the second photo you are referring to is not a clear top but the solid carbon fiber top option.
      Could be the case... however, the visualizer shows the CF roof having painted sides too.

      To make it worse... here is the detail from the order guide...

      Roof panel, body-color, removable
      Roof panel, transparent, removable
      Roof panel, visible carbon fiber with body-color surround, removable

      They ONLY suggest the carbon fiber has body-color surround but the visualizer shows the transparent as the same.
      Last edited by gthal; 07-28-2019, 07:50 AM.
      2020 C8 | Torch Red | Z51 | 3LT | Carbon | Comp Seats
      2016 Porsche GT4 | Black everything ... sold
      2016 BMW M2 | Blue | MT ... sold
      2014 C7 | Torch Red | Z51 | 2LT ... sold

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gthal View Post

        Could be the case... however, the visualizer shows the CF roof having painted sides too.

        To make it worse... here is the detail from the order guide...

        Roof panel, body-color, removable
        Roof panel, transparent, removable
        Roof panel, visible carbon fiber with body-color surround, removable

        They ONLY suggest the carbon fiber has body-color surround but the visualizer shows the transparent as the same.
        At this stage we very well may see prototype parts that may never go into production or explained.

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        • #5
          The design of the c7 I always admired the side spears on the exposed carbon fiber roof. It might be the black A pillars and black windshield header on the c7 that gave those body colored side spears such a cool floating image where as the c8 has a body colored windshield header and A pillars

          seeing both on the c8 as shown including the top view its hard to say which version of the transparent roof I prefer.

          from the side view I think i prefer the side painted body color...

          i do think having a transparent roof in general expands the visual appearance from inside the cockpit.

          that said ill buy a transparent roof down the road to decide which i prefer and i like change over the years of ownership....
          Last edited by JB; 07-28-2019, 09:38 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ZORA 69 View Post
            I believe the second photo you are referring to is not a clear top but the solid carbon fiber top option.
            The Carbon Fibre in the visualizer also has body colour side rails. I was wondering how this would actually end up being as well because I'm now considering the glass roof.
            Torch Red C8 Spider

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            • #7
              A little 3M 1080 gloss black wrap would fix that up pretty good. Shouldn't be too hard to apply on the rails either.
              And it will be easy enough to take off when you feel like changing it up a bit too.
              Torch Red C8 Spider

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              • #8
                GM recommended against applying a wrap or tint to its translucent roof — though many did exactly what they wish to. Nice thing about the translucent roof is that it gives a little more head room than the other two C8 roofs, though with all C8’s having +1 head room compared to the C7, might that not be needed except for a few owners?
                GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                • #9
                  What is the sun penetration like ikon the visible roof? It’s something I’m considering as well but I live in Florida and well, it’s warm....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gators2020 View Post
                    What is the sun penetration like ikon the visible roof? It’s something I’m considering as well but I live in Florida and well, it’s warm....
                    If you mean the transparent roof, well, I seem to be in the minority ... I have had transparent roofs on all my Corvettes dating back to the mid-1980s and have never found the heat to be an issue (any more than the heat is already an issue). I live in Cape Canaveral .... personally, I would never order a 'vette without the transparent top.

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                    • #11
                      Where you live that is a consideration, but any who live in your climate choose an aftermarket suction cup of similar underside sun/heat blocking attachment for their warmer weather. I am told it is very effective, one that is easily removed as your cooler weather approaches, and of course easily re-attached later.
                      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gators2020 View Post
                        What is the sun penetration like ikon the visible roof? It’s something I’m considering as well but I live in Florida and well, it’s warm....
                        Don't opt for the glass top. It will cook your noggin. Nice to have in the evening but it's hot. I live in Florida as well and regret purchasing HT Verts with glass tops. It's nice in our couple months of winter when the high is only 65 for the day though.

                        The Vert will lower or raise any time you wish with a push of the button. Best of both worlds to protect you from the sun or expose you to it when wanted.
                        Last edited by Frenzy36; 07-28-2019, 11:46 PM.
                        Rocket City Florida- 2001 ZO6 - 2013 427 Vert - 2020 Stingray

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                        • #13
                          I don't think we can reach too many conclusions based on pre-production cars randomly photographed on the street. These may not represent final configurations at all. That silver car, for example, has holes in the rear facia for mounting a spoiler, but no spoiler in place.
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                          • #14
                            They show overhead views of all the tops in the Playbook and they all have body color along the sides.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 07MontyRed View Post

                              If you mean the transparent roof, well, I seem to be in the minority ... I have had transparent roofs on all my Corvettes dating back to the mid-1980s and have never found the heat to be an issue (any more than the heat is already an issue). I live in Cape Canaveral .... personally, I would never order a 'vette without the transparent top.
                              When I was 5 years old our next door neighbor bought a brand new Corvette. This was 1953. He had what I believe was a custom plexiglass bubble, and very quickly had the inside painted white, because in the Florida sun the car became a microwave oven.
                              Torch red 1LT, no options. Built June 4, received July 2

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