I have no intention of doing any track work, so my C8 is more of a grand tourer than a hot-lapping sports car. The Zeus Bronze Metallic makes the exterior look stealthy but is still a step away from the silver and black shades that you commonly see on the road. The transparent roof probably isn’t the lightest option but offers the best opportunity to see the world without taking the top off. Trident wheels also give the ‘Vette some visual distinction, but the gray, machined finish doesn’t overwhelm the dark exterior color. I think the C8 looks fine in stock form and don’t add any of the extra trim choices.

To get the bronze color, I have to choose the range-topping 3LT trim level, but the 2LT’s features like a head-up display, navigation system, wireless phone charging, and a camera in the rearview mirror would actually be plenty for me. The nice thing, though, is that 3LT allows for picking the Morello Red leather interior, which is a gorgeous shade of burgundy.

For now, I’m skipping the Z51 package. I don’t like the look of the wing, but the Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 system piques my interest. I’d want to drive the car with and without the high-tech dampers before making a decision.

- Chris Bruce