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C8 Wheel Collection; 3rd ME Wheel Found?

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  • C8 Wheel Collection; 3rd ME Wheel Found?

    Yesterday’s [email protected]’s video has raised the question as to whether his video, posted by Corvette_Nut on YouTube and repeated below, has identified a third ME wheel option, or whether it is really the standard split spoke wheel we have repeatedly seen for the last 1 1/2 years though previously only in black — though obviously now in a silver color?

    UPDATE: There are only two different C8 OEM wheels, though with color variations, a total of six of them

    Post # 50 has a good picture of the below wheel when not in motion.

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    Here is the black, open/split 5-spoke wheel (option code Q8Q), we have seen for so long.

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    We further know from the leaked GM Workbench Software screen print that there is a high probability of that black split/open spoke also being in “bright silver” (option code Q8P).

    The other C8 wheel option we have seen since from that October, 2017 first real ME sitting at MacDonalds, referred to by GM as the 5-Trident wheel, by most of us as the Mickey D wheel, is this one (proabably option code Q8T), has been:

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    However, there is an interesting third wheel option listed in the leaked specs, referred to as Machine Faced w/ Sterling Silver (Q8Q). Might this latest wheel be a third, separately defined C8 wheel? Or is this another example of the preliminary specs having a wrong or missing written description? Its description is different from the wheels were have earlier seen in that it neither has the words “open/split,” nor the words “5-Trident” in its written description.

    Spoke width or perhaps spoke shape from the wheel center as the spoke goes toward the wheel edge might be key assists to help us answer this question.

    Re-reviewing that video and the below screen prints taken at 1/4 speed, do you think we are seeing a third ME wheel?



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    Might the fact that the wheel spokes are rotating at speed give us a false idea as to what we are perceiving, perhaps exaggerating seeming “spoke width” which in turn erroneously have us thinking this could be a ME third wheel option when it is not?

    Any wheel specialists here that could help answer this question?
    Last edited by John; 07-26-2019, 02:17 PM.
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  • #2
    I was able to get a higher resolution photo of the wheel for you...seems they grabbed a set of C5 wagon wheels off the shelf. (Or at least that's what it sort of looks like in the screen shots from the video). LOL

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    • #3
      Good find Jag, for they sure look like the 1997-1999 C5 wheels. However, as those wheels were 17"F/18"R, they must be a "modern" version of similar wheels, and they must look better than those C5 wheels. However if they are five simple spokes, they would be the most cleanable C8 wheels we have yet seen.
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      • #4
        TBH I’m underwhelmed by the wheels I’ve seen on the C8 test mules. I prefer a thin black spoke type. Like THIS
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        • #5
          With all the camoflauge used on the body of the c8 to hide whats coming I assumed the wheels were definitely going to shown at the last minute.

          I never thought any of the wheels we have seen would be for the prodiction vehicle..


          thanks for the insights.
          Torch Red exterior/ black interior z51 FE4 2LT or 1LT depending on when i get the call..Ill flip a coin at that moment..same for E60

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          • #6
            Looks somewhat like the base C7 wheel.

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            • #7
              They should not do a asymetrical wheel unless they have all four wheels location specific. It's kind of embarrasing that they had asymetrical wheels on the 120k -150k ZR1 and did not have all four wheels location specific. Having only two wheels (19" front and 20" back) the angled blades are reversed from passenger side to driver side.

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              • #8
                I was at a Cars-and-Coffee Saturday and there was a gorgeous SEMA car from a couple of years ago. One side was painted one great color, the other side another one. The wheels on each side were different. Very interesting, and why not, for you can not see both sides of it at the same time — not even with a drone.
                GS7 Elkhart Lake Blue, 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.

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                • #9
                  So thats like a different car depending on whether its coming or going.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Skank View Post
                    They should not do a asymetrical wheel unless they have all four wheels location specific. It's kind of embarrasing that they had asymetrical wheels on the 120k -150k ZR1 and did not have all four wheels location specific. Having only two wheels (19" front and 20" back) the angled blades are reversed from passenger side to driver side.
                    I completely agree. It's one of my pet dislikes when it comes to wheels. This latest one looks like they copied a '90's Ford Probe.

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                    And like some others here I'm not really crazy about any of the wheels seen so far.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by majic1980 View Post
                      TBH I’m underwhelmed by the wheels I’ve seen on the C8 test mules. I prefer a thin black spoke type. Like THIS
                      Not a fan of black wheels, but I agree with you on the wheels seen so far. Too busy. I prefer the simple 5 spoke wheels on the 2014-2015 Stingray, or the split spoke ones on the Z51 Stingray.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jagamajajaran View Post
                        I was able to get a higher resolution photo of the wheel for you...seems they grabbed a set of C5 wagon wheels off the shelf. (Or at least that's what it sort of looks like in the screen shots from the video). LOL

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                        Geez, I hope those aren't the production wheels. They're hideous. The might look OK on a Blazer or something like that.
                        SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

                        Purchased 5/2/2015,
                        >35,000+ miles

                        Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

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                        • #13
                          Looks like we’re seeing the base 2020 wheels here - open/split 5-spoke, silver, code Q8P

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                            Geez, I hope those aren't the production wheels. They're hideous. The might look OK on a Blazer or something like that.
                            Maybe they'll shine em up or something. Those 5 spoke wheels seem to be an industry common. Looks strong.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JB View Post
                              With all the camouflage used on the body of the c8 to hide whats coming I assumed the wheels were definitely going to shown at the last minute. I never thought any of the wheels we have seen would be for the production vehicle.
                              Good point, wheels can really help define the style of a vehicle so you'd think the mules would use something temporary. I guess we'll know for sure in a couple of months!

                              But I'm glad to see some silver wheels on that mule, and I always have a preference for 5-spoke designs. Personally I don't go for the black finishes that have been popular for several years now. I guess it might be because up here in Canada, when you see a car with black wheels it looks like they're still using the "steelies" bought for winter tires. Spring is when we bring out our more flashy hardware.

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