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C8 Corvette Stingray Z51 High Wing Looks Neat With BBS CI-R Chrome Wheels

Founded 50 years ago in Schiltach, wheel manufacturer BBS is a well-respected company in the aftermarket world thanks to the pioneering designs from the German brand's glorious past. Speaking of BBS and the aftermarket, an auto shop in Canada has swapped the stock wheels of the C8 Corvette with CI-R wheels in chrome.
C8 Corvette Stingray Z51 High Wing Looks Neat With Chrome BBS CI-R Wheels 20 photos
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All In One Auto didn’t reply to pricing questions on the Instagram post with the car in question, though it’s not that hard to make an estimate. The BBS CI-R costs exactly $630 per corner if we’re talking about 19 inches while 20s cost $715. Chroming the wheel isn’t that expensive of a process, and the reason these babies are priced so high is that we’re dealing with pressure casting and flow forming in addition to back-milled spokes.

The one-piece wheel also features a stainless-steel protector, and BBS sells it as part of the company’s Performance Line. That’s marketing mumbo-jumbo for flow forming, a procedure that can be summed up as “a continuous rotational motion with three hydraulic rollers and tremendous pressure at high temperatures to form the inner area of the rim.”

As a brief refresher, the Z51 Performance Package comes with 19-inch front and 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance tires. This means that swapping the stock wheels for the BBS CI-R will set you back $2,690 excluding the chrome. Even though it’s not to everyone’s liking, chromies do work well with Arctic White and black. The only detail that doesn’t work so well on this car is the color of the brake calipers.

On a different note, have you heard that dealers are taking orders for the Z06 even though General Motors has yet to confirm or deny the LT6 flat-plane crankshaft V8 with 600 horsepower or thereabouts and a screamin’ redline? Actually, dealers such as Bachman Chevrolet are currently taking reservations for the first performance variant of the C8 Corvette if we ignore the Z51 Performance Package of the entry-level Stingray.

A refundable deposit of $1,000 needs to be paid in order to reserve the car, and once the order is placed, another $4k will get your car to 1100 status. Bachman Chevrolet doesn’t mention if the C8 Corvette Z06 will be a 2021 model year, but given the current situation, we are most likely dealing with an early 2021 premiere for the 2022 model year.



 
 
 
 
 

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