We’ve covered the changes that will be applied to the 2021 Corvette in various separate articles in the past, but with this week’s announcements, details on the car have become official. The majority of the changes are with regard to exterior and interior colors, but there are a number of other important changes, including new standard and available equipment.
One of the biggest changes for the 2021 Corvette is the availability of the Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension on models without the Z51 performance package. For the 2020 model year, customers had to get the Z51 package if they wanted Magnetic Selective Ride Control, but this will no longer be the case for 2021.
All 2021 Corvette models will come standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well. To note, the current 2020 Corvette comes equipped with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. There’s also a new on-screen visualization for the drive mode and new digital tachometer that appears in track mode. Rounding out the tech updates is GM’s new Buckle To Drive technology, which comes standard on all models and will prevent the driver from shifting the vehicle out of ‘Park’ if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled.
As for exterior colors, Silver Flare Metallic (GSJ) and Red Mist Tintcoat (GPH) replace Blade Silver metallic (GAN) and Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat (G1E) on the vehicle’s color palette. Additionally, GM has added new colors for its Full-Length Dual Racing Strike Package, including Blue, Orange, Red and Yellow along with a new Stinger Stripe in three colors: Carbon Flash/Edge Red, Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow and Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver. Last but not least, GM has added a new interior color combination to the sports car for 2021: Sky Cool Gray/Yellow Strike.
As we reported previously, a new Corvette C8.R inspired ‘Stingray R’ graphics package is also expected to be offered on the 2021 Corvette, but GM did not mention the graphics package in its press release. It may become available at a later date, however, so all hope is not lost for those fans who wanted the Stingray R graphics set. GM has also added a C8.R car cover to the options list for those owners who want to show their love for Corvette Racing.
The 2021 Corvette has not gone up in price, as expected, and will start at $59,995 for the coupe and $67,495 for the convertible. Many 2020 Corvette buyers will end up receiving a 2021 model, it is worth noting, due to the significant production delays experienced with the 2020 model year vehicle.
Just like before, power for the 2021 Corvette comes from a 6.2L LT2 V8 good for 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. All performance statistics for the car are the same as in 2020.