Surely there must be some extensive engine upgrades or some really cool features installed to cause the jump in price. Not quite. Changes to the car include a larger glove box that is common across the Corvette range, a new acoustics package with improved sound-deadening and OnStar as an option.
Maybe the extra development costs went into making the shiny new Atomic Orange metallic paint job. Either way, you still get a 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V8 beast for under $80,000. We all know GM could use the extra dollars.