Here’s How the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8’s Special Z Mode Works

  • The 2020 Corvette C8’s features a special button on the steering wheel that activates something called “Z mode.”
  • This button provides a shortcut to personalized drive-mode settings, which can be configured through the center screen.
  • Chevy named the Z mode after the letter’s significant history with the car, including the Corvette Z06 and the Corvette ZR1.

    Now that the mid-engined Chevy Corvette has officially been revealed to the world, we can start to focus on some of its neat new features. That includes a button marked with the letter Z that’s mounted on the left spoke of the car’s squared-off steering wheel, which was teased by Chevy before the C8’s official debut. That image showed a strange silver button that we guessed at the time might be some sort of dedicated drive-mode selector. As it turns out, we were right.

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    The previous-gen Corvette C7 had selectable drive modes including Tour, Weather, Eco, Sport, and Track, and the mid-engined C8 adds even more user customization. Z mode allows drivers to now mix and match settings for the engine, transmission, and steering beyond these presets. Models equipped with the available magnetorheological dampers will also offer adjustable suspension settings. Once you set your individual Z-mode preferences via the center screen, pressing the steering-wheel button activates your favorite combination of performance settings.

    BMW M cars such as the 10Best-winning M2 and even the Hyundai Veloster N have similar switches on their steering wheels. While those buttons are designated with a letter directly pulled from their respective model names, the one on the C8 Corvette’s helm wears a “Z” for historical reasons. Chevy says the letter pays homage to prominent Corvette models and packages throughout the years. These include the Z51 performance package, the Z06 model, and the almighty ZR1—all of which we expect will eventually return on the mid-engined C8 Corvette.

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