Chevy’s Corvette C8 took the world by storm, attracting interest from current owners as well as those who have never owned (or been interested in) a Corvette before. The new mid-engine sports car had a bit of a rocky start, as production began only to be idled by COVID-19 shortly after. As we write this, there are still many who have placed an order for a 2020 Corvette, but who don’t know whether their order will be built before production switches into the 2021 MY later this year. Some of those orders might slip into the 2021 model year, which brings us to the 2021 Corvette.
We’ve broken down exactly what’s new and different for the 2021 Corvette. Let’s dig in.
Like the 2020 Corvette C8, the 2021 Corvette will continue to be offered as the Stingray with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 engine and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Additionally, the 2021 model continues to be offered in three trim levels and two body styles.
- Two-door coupe (with manually removable top)
- Two-door hardtop convertible
The Z51 performance package continues to be available on all models and trims, and includes the following features:
- Z51 performance suspension
- Performance exhaust
- Performance rear axle ratio
- Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD)
- Z51 rear spoiler
- Front splitter
- 245/35ZR19 front and 305/30ZR20 rear high-performance tires
- Heavy-duty cooling system
On the outside, the 2021 Corvette deletes two colors while adding two new ones:
- Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat
- Blade Silver Metallic
- Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat
- Silver Flare Metallic
Additionally, the full-length dual racing stripe package is now available in four new colors – Blue, Orange, Red and Yellow. They join Carbon Flash Metallic, Midnight Gray and Sterling Silver. Meanwhile, a new Stinger Stripe is now available in three colors – Carbon Flash/Edge Red, Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow and Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver.
Finally, two new Genuine Corvette Accessories join the lineup: a new, full-rendered C8.R premium indoor car cover and ultra-high security Silver-painted wheel locks.
Inside, the 2021 Corvette adds a new Sky Cool Gray / Strike Yellow interior color. It is only available on the 3LT trim level with either the GT2 buckets or Competition buckets. In both cases, the chairs will feature leather seating surfaces with perforated sueded microfiber inserts.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also join the lineup, though wired functionality remains.
Two new Corvette Genuine Corvette Accessories join the party: contoured cargo area liners with the Jake logo and all-weather floor liners with the Jake logo.
The 2021 Corvette sees two package-level changes. The first, and most notable, is the newfound availability of Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension (FE2) without the Z51. It is available on all trims. For the 2020 model year, the only way to get Magnetic Ride Control was to opt for the aforementioned Z51. This change is for those who want MRC shocks without the additional performance hardware included in Z51.
Additionally, a new Roadside Safety Package is introduced as a Genuine Corvette Accessory. The package includes a First Aid Kit and a Highway Safety Kit.
After the 2021 MY, the 2022 Corvette is expected to deliver a few minor changes to the Stingray. It should also make the C8 available to several new international markets, while also introducing the C8 Z06 for either the 2022 or 2023 model years (see more on 2023 Corvette).
We’ll have more on that soon, so stay tuned to GM Authority for the latest.
Aftermarket wheels look good on this Coupe.
Twin-turbo V8 vs. twin-cylinder two stroke.