Tadge Juechter has served as the mastermind behind every new Corvette since he took up the mantle of Chief Engineer in 2006. One might say the new C8 Corvette is his magnum opus – the culmination of years of advancement and technological innovation at Chevrolet, so it goes without saying that the longtime engineer would want to purchase a C8 for himself at some point.
Indeed, Juechter recently placed an order for a 2021 model-year C8 Corvette, which will roll off the production line at Bowling Green Assembly later this year. Speaking to Motor Trend, the longtime Corvette engineer revealed that he ordered his car in the new Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic shade – which is one of the two new colors introduced on the C8 Corvette for 2021, along with Silver Flare Metallic. The two colors, which have not yet been revealed, replace Long Beach Red Metallic and Blade Silver Metallic on the vehicle’s color palette.
Juechter is extremely excited about the introduction of Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic in particular. He told MT that it is one of the most exciting colors Chevrolet has offered on the sports car in its long-running history and claims it “looks like it is glowing from the inside.” Rumors allege Red Mist Tintcoat will be similar to the Magnetic Red color offered on the C5 Corvette between 1999 and 2002. It has also been compared to Crystal Red Metallic, which was offered on both the C6 and C7 Corvette.
Compared to the Long Beach Red Metallic color it will replace, Red Mist Tintcoat will be a bit lighter and more vibrant, though it will still be darker and more metallic than the glossy Torch Red. Long Beach Tintcoat was a $995 option on the 2020 Corvette, so it stands to reason that Red Mist Tintcoat Metallic will also cost extra. General Motors has not yet said how much it will cost, however.
In addition to new colors, the 2021 Corvette will also introduce a new Stingray R graphics package, new interior colors, new paint color and stripe options, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.