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Ranking the 2020 Corvette Exterior Colors After Seeing All 12 in Person

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  • Ranking the 2020 Corvette Exterior Colors After Seeing All 12 in Person

    https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2019/12/02/ranking-the-2020-corvette-exterior-colors-after-seeing-all-12-in-person/

    Ranking the 2020 Corvette Exterior Colors After Seeing All 12 in Person


    Ranking the 2020 Corvette Exterior Colors After Seeing All 12 in Person

    One of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make regarding my 2020 Corvette Stingray order is which of the 12 exterior colors to select, especially since I had to place my order before all of the colors could be publicly seen on the car. After personally seeing the 2020 Corvette in Torch Red, Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic, and Zeus Bronze Metallic at the 7.18.19 8th Generation Corvette Reveal in Tustin, California, I began a quest to see the remaining 2020 colors in person.



    With the 7.18.19 Elkhart Lake Blue Corvette showing up at West Coast Dealership Tours and a Sebring Orange Tintcoat Corvette making its appearance at East Coast Dealership Tour sites, I decided to hedge my bets on seeing Sebring Orange as well as other colors at Corvettes at Carlisle, so I booked a flight for a quick two-night C8 hunting adventure. While I waited, the 2020 Corvette Configurator kept me busy as I built just about every configuration possible in an attempt to narrow down my favorite color choices. For the moment, Elkhart Lake Blue, Rapid Blue, and Sebring Orange were at the top of my list and I thought the chances were good that I would indeed see Rapid Blue and Sebring Orange at Carlisle.



    I arrived on the grounds at the Carlisle Fairgrounds around Noon on Thursday, August 22, and immediately made my way to the 8th Generation Corvette Display to see which 2020 Corvettes were already on display. After initially only seeing Zeus Bronze, Ceramic Matrix Gray, and Torch Red, which I had already previously seen, I was in the right place at the right time when Corvette Product Manager, Harlan Charles, and company arrived driving two Blade Silver Metallic C8s, one Black C8, and one Torch Red C8.



    The next morning, I was up bright and early for a special media preview. While at the gate, a Shadow Gray Metallic C8 pulled in followed by another Zeus Bronze, but I still hadn’t seen Rapid Blue or Sebring Orange yet. Following the media event, I headed to the VIP parking area where I heard Corvette personnel would be parking throughout the weekend. It was there that I finally laid eyes on a C8 boasting Rapid Blue, a bold new shade of blue never before seen on the exterior of a Corvette. And while I also saw a 2020 Corvette in the parking area wearing Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat, I had to laugh a little at myself for betting on seeing a 2020 Corvette in Sebring Orange and leaving having lost that bet. At least I had only made the bet with myself and I hadn’t really lost anything at all with so many C8s in attendance at Corvettes at Carlisle.



    By the time I left Carlisle, I had not only seen nine of the twelve 2020 colors in person on an 8th Gen Corvette, but also had added Blade Silver Metallic, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic, and Torch Red to my list of contenders. I also felt like I was in good shape to complete my quest since I already had plans in place to attend the National Corvette Museum’s 25th Anniversary Celebration the following weekend and could then nail down my final decision in time to place my 2020 Corvette order in September.



    The three colors I had yet to see on a C8 heading into the NCM’s 25th Anniversary Celebration were Arctic White, Sebring Orange Tintcoat, and Accelerate Yellow Metallic. As fate would have it, there were numerous 2020 Corvettes on site at the NCM that weekend, but the only color I would be able to check off the list was Arctic White. I did, however, head home with a clearer idea of my top choices after ruling out a few that I was previously considering.



    September rolled around and I had to make a decision. I really didn’t want to order a new Corvette without having seen it on a C8 in person, and while Sebring Orange was still on my contender list, it would certainly take a leap of faith to go that route. How a color looks in person on any particular car is entirely subjective, but I’ve always been of the opinion that you need to see a color in person and in various lighting to determine if you really love it or not and can live with it for the long haul. An example for me is Sebring Orange on the C7 Corvette. I like it most on the C7 Grand Sport and ZR1, but don’t like is as much on the C7 Stingray. The easy choice would be to go with my favorite color and select one of the blue options.



    It would be in November that I would complete my quest to see all 12 colors on a C8. I had an opportunity to make a quick detour through Bowling Green while traveling home from a trip to Atlanta. I drove around the Corvette Plant looking for an Accelerate Yellow Metallic and Sebring Orange Tintcoat C8 on the morning of Thursday, November 21. I could see the front third of a 2020 sporting Sebring Orange behind a fence, so I knew it might be possible to see the car leaving the plant at some point if I got lucky. As I completed the drive around the plant, I decided to make one more trip around. It was then that I saw a brightly painted C8 coming through a security point on the way out of the plant. A C8 unicorn in Accelerate Yellow made the turn right in front of me! I was able to get video and photos while we sat at a light before I let the unicorn go and headed back to the plant to see if I could get lucky with the Sebring Orange C8 I had already partially seen.



    The Sebring Orange C8 was still in the same spot behind the fence and since I had some other things to take care of across the street at the National Corvette Museum, I headed over to the NCM. I’d make one more attempt to see the Sebring Orange Corvette before leaving Bowling Green that evening. The payoff came with my final effort as I found myself following a Sebring Orange 2020 Corvette as it drove away from the plant.



    There wasn’t a single color that I saw on a 2020 Corvette that I thought didn’t look good in person. In the right lighting, every color has its merit. But I’m looking for a color that I like under any lighting condition. I also prefer a color that doesn’t look dirty after a few hours of sitting outside. Even my Admiral Blue 2017 Grand Sport drives me a little batty in this regard from time to time. And finally, and most importantly to me, the color has to highlight the C8’s chiseled body lines. So, having now seen a C8 in each of the twelve 2020 colors, here are my 2020 Corvette Color Rankings.

    MY LEAST FAVORITE 2020 COLORS
    • #12 – Shadow Gray Metallic
      – Looks best in full sunlight
      – Lends itself to already looking dirty even if it’s clean
      – Too dark to highlight the C8’s body lines
    • #11 – Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat
      – Pops in full sunlight
      – Too dark to look clean for very long
      – Doesn’t do much to highlight the C8’s body lines
    • #10 – Arctic White
      – I have to put sunglasses on to look at Arctic White in full sun
      – Turns from white to tan or gray after driving in the rain
      – Washes out most of the C8’s body lines


    STUNNING 2020 COLORS, BUT NOT FOR ME
    • #9 – Black
      – Black is beautiful…in shade/darkness
      – Black is beautiful…for about 5 minutes after it’s clean (especially in dusty areas)
      – Black is beautiful…in shade/darkness and subsequently hides the C8’s body lines
    • #8 – Accelerate Yellow Metallic
      – A bold new yellow for Corvette that shows differently in sun and shade
      – Relatively clean looking when it gets dirty
      – Does a fair job showing the C8’s body lines
    • #7 – Zeus Bronze Metallic
      – An elegant new color for Corvette that really pops in sunlight
      – Should take a while before it shows dirt
      – Does a good job highlighting the C8’s body lines
    • #6 – Rapid Blue
      – Looks good in all lighting conditions, but doesn’t quite pop like I hoped it would
      – Won’t show dirt badly
      – Does a good job highlighting the C8’s body lines

    MY FINAL 2020 COLOR CONTENDERS
    • #5 – Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic
      – Looks best in full sunlight
      – Though some confuse it with Arctic White, the light gray helps keep this color looking clean
      – Doesn’t hide the C8’s body lines like Artic White
    • #4 – Torch Red
      – Look good in a variety of lighting
      – Hides dust and dirt well
      – Highlights the C8’s body lines well

    THREE – TWO – ONE (in no particular order)
    • #? – Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic
      – Looks good in a wide variety of lighting, metallic pops in sunlight
      – Lighter than Admiral Blue so it should look cleaner longer
      – Highlights the C8’s body lines well
    • #? – Blade Silver Metallic
      – This color can look dull, but I was blown away by how stunning it looks on the C8
      – Looks clean longer than dark colors
      – Highlights the C8’s body lines well
    • #? – Sebring Orange Tintcoat
      – Looks good in a variety of lighting, metallic pops in sunlight
      – Looks clean longer than dark colors
      – Highlights the C8’s body lines well

    Yes, one of these final three is my choice for the 2020 Corvette that I have ordered and that I will take Museum Delivery of, hopefully by mid-March. Feel free to comment with your guess of which color won me over and stay tuned for the reveal! And since we all have different tastes and preferences, which 2020 Corvette colors do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

  • #2
    I'm going to guess Silver. My order is for Zeus Bronze, but second might be Blade Silver. It makes the car seem as if carved from solid billet, or like a sci-fi rocket ship.
    C8 Coupe, Zeus Bronze, 3LT, TU7, HUE, GUI, CF7, EFY, EYK, J6N, NPP, E60, STI, VQK

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    • #3
      I agree with two of your Top Three, Jag - Elkhart Lake Blue and Blade Silver. Both of those colors are outstanding, IMHO, on the C8.

      The first C8 that I saw a dealership roadshow was in Sebring Orange, and it didn't tug at my emotions like the other two colors mentioned.

      Still, I look forward to seeing my first Sebring Orange C8 on the road, as well as Accelerate Yellow and Rapid Blue, as I can certainly appreciate those who enjoy the more unique colors.
      Upcoming Vette:
      '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package

      Current Vettes:
      '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
      '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
      '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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      • #4
        MEH--none of the colors really float my boat. Maybe when the HP models come out there will be a metallic black, black cherry or the artic frost white (always get that on my trucks have it on my 2020 Denali 2500).

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        • #5
          Very interesting ranking and analysis. Great food for thought. Especially interesting considering that none of the top chosen colors by customers whose C8 orders have already accepted by GM are in Jag’s top three. If one wants to check out a good way to confirm that, please see this list (and there are more birdie whisperings for further confirmation).

          https://kerbeck.com/corvette_order_update/

          I think Jeremy is really getting a one of one, a 2020 Velocity Yellow C8.
          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5ZZ high wing; 5VM vis CF ground effects pkg; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards. Separately getting from my dealer RCC Edge Red engine cover and 5JR vis CF mirror caps.

          Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20+ year members of National Corvette Museum.

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          • #6
            The orange would be better if it were more along the lines of the Inferno Orange Metallic I had on my 2010 Camaro. I voted by ordering ELB, I also like the silver and white. The bronze and yellow? Never, do not like either one of them.
            The greatest sound in the world is a Rolls Royce Merlin over 100 inches.

            1LT, Elkhart Lake Blue, Adrenaline red seats, Z51, FE4, Bright Silver 5-open spoke wheels, chrome emblems

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            • #7
              Originally posted by John View Post
              Very interesting ranking and analysis. Great food for thought. Especially interesting considering that none of the top chosen colors by customers whose C8 orders have already accepted by GM are in Jag’s top three. If one wants to check out a good way to confirm that, please see this list (and there are more birdie whisperings for further confirmation).

              https://kerbeck.com/corvette_order_update/

              I think Jeremy is really getting a one of one, a 2020 Velocity Yellow C8.
              I'd take that! There is at least one Corvette model year where only one of a color was produced.

              We're fortunate to have 12 colors to choose from, for variety is the spice of life. I'm glad we all have different tastes and opinions, for how boring would life be if everyone was exactly the same. Thanks for posting the link so we can see how initial color orders are going in. By the way, which colors have not been orderable to date?

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              • #8
                I'm glad I ordered Blade Silver even though it's stuck at 1100....
                GAN Blade Silver Metallic; DXO Midnight Gray Full Length Dual Racing Stripe; Z51; FE4 Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM vis CF ground effects pkg; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; AH2 GT2 Napa leather seats; TU7 Seats Two-Tone Jet Black/Adrenaline Red; R6X Custom Interior Trim and Seat Combination; 38S Adrenaline Red custom leather stitch; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6F Bright Red Calipers; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; 5JR vis CF mirror caps; ERI Battery Protection pkg.

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                • #9
                  Someone whispered your final choice to me so I won't make a guess.

                  I kind of figured that you were one of the few outside of GM who has seen all of the colors on an actual car.
                  1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
                  2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

                  NCM Lifetime Member since 2003

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by brad66 View Post
                    Someone whispered your final choice to me so I won't make a guess.

                    I kind of figured that you were one of the few outside of GM who has seen all of the colors on an actual car.
                    Thanks! And yes, for me, seeing them in person goes a long way toward making a final decision.

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                    • #11
                      Pardon my iNgorance but I thought the yellow was Accelerate Yellow. Is Velocity Yellow a special order or something?
                      Murray - Torch red / Adrenaline red 2LT Q8Q E60 NPP

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Murray20c8 View Post
                        Pardon my iNgorance but I thought the yellow was Accelerate Yellow. Is Velocity Yellow a special order or something?
                        You are correct, it's Accelerate Yellow. John and I have the same taste with regard to yellow in that our favorite Corvette yellow to date is Velocity Yellow.

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                        • #13
                          Exactly.. Us yellow lovers are hoping for a return of Velocity Yellow. Failing that, we covet next Millennium Yellow.
                          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5ZZ high wing; 5VM vis CF ground effects pkg; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards. Separately getting from my dealer RCC Edge Red engine cover and 5JR vis CF mirror caps.

                          Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20+ year members of National Corvette Museum.

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                          • #14
                            My car will be your top dislike. The colour choice was one of my very few disappointments about the C8. I would have liked to see a few more modern "Euro" colours. Like a Nardo Grey for instance. It's always personal, but I wanted a more restrained colour, and the C8 has pretty strong lines. I don't think it will look bad in SGM.

                            2020 C8 Corvette ....... TPW 2/03/20
                            Shadow Grey Metallic on Black
                            Z51 + MRC
                            Spectra Grey Tridents
                            Carbon flash mirrors and spoiler

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                            • #15
                              jagamajajaran, I think you've got it right. I was initially considering SGM, but it is just not blue enough for me. ELB is TOO electric blue for my taste - I'd like a true Navy Blue, but it just isn't on the list. I DID see a new blue today on a Malibu on my monthly "What Up Dude ?" visit to ELCO today. (They still don't know anything WRT C8 availability) It's called "Northsky Blue Metallic" which would be awesome on a Corvette, but I don't think it will be offered.

                              Of your top three, Blade Silver Metallic is my pick - it looks awesome with Carbon Flash trim. That is the color I am going with.

                              Thanks, again, for all the information you provide this forum and the Corvette Fandom. We would be much less informed without you !!

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