2020 C8 Chevy Corvette visible carbon option suspended due to supplier issues

The 5VM package proved to be a popular option among C8 buyers, despite costing the better part of $5,000.

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The C8 Corvette's production ramp-up has been troubled, to say the least, and things just got worse.

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If you're one of the many people who ordered a brand-spanking-new C8 with the nearly $5,000 5VM visible carbon side skirt and splitter package, then we have some sour news for you. You're about to get some money back, according to a report published Thursday by CorvetteBlogger.com.

By that, we mean that GM is canceling people's option order because of what's being called a supplier issue. Whether that means that the supplier sucks at making carbon-fiber parts or that it simply can't make enough, we're not sure, but both have been suggested. While visible carbon is off the table indefinitely, the black-painted version of the parts is set to return at some point soon.

Still, this is a bummer for many C8 fans as the visible carbon package proved to be a surprisingly popular option, even at its relatively stratospheric-for-a-Corvette asking price. However, being a Corvette, we expect that the robust nature of the aftermarket will make up the carbon-crap-you-can-bolt-on-your-car gap left by GM.

Though, according to GM representatives, "Similar to the Carbon Flash ground effects package, this is a dealer-installed accessory that customers will be able to order and add to their cars when additional supply becomes available." So if you're good with waiting, you will likely be able to get the genuine article too.

The C8 Corvette will see a limited release for 2020, with a more widespread availability set for the 2021 model year.

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Correction, Feb. 2 at 1:51 p.m.: Added a statement from GM clarifying that the Visible Carbon package would return at some point.