One of the major changes that General Motors applied to the C8 Corvette Stingray for the 2021 model year was the addition of two new colors to the vehicle’s color palette: Silver Flate Metallic and Red Mist Tintcoat.
Red Mist Tintcoat gained some notoriety earlier this year when Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter called it one of the most exciting colors Chevrolet has offered on the sports car in its history, saying that it “looks like it is glowing from the inside.” Juechter liked the color so much, in fact, that he ordered his own personal 2021 Corvette Stingray in the new color.
It’s been hard to track down a good photo of a 2021 Corvette painted in Red Mist Tintcoat in recent weeks and months, but the National Corvette Museum pulled through this week, uploading an entire gallery of well-lit, high-resolution photos of a Red Mist painted C8 coupe.
The NCM says this particular car is an early build of the 2021 Corvette Stingray and that if residents of Bowling Green, Kentucky are lucky, they may see GM employees piloting it around town. This particular car also appears to be equipped with the optional five-spoke Carbon Flash painted wheels and the Z51 performance package.
Red Mist Tintcoat replaces Long Beach Red Metallic on the Corvette color palette for 2021. By comparison, Red Mist Tintcoat is a brighter and more vibrant shade of red/burgundy, whereas Long Beach Red appeared darker and less radiant. Similarly, Silver Flare Metallic replaces Blade Silver Metallic and is a shinier and more exciting color to look at than the shade it replaces.
Production of the 2021 Corvette Stingray is slated to begin in November, but with GM still working to try and wrap-up production of the 2020 Corvette and Corvette Convertible, which was severely hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCM says the start date is still a moving target.
In addition to the two new exterior colors, the 2021 Corvette will also introduce a new Stingray R graphics package, new interior colors and new paint color and stripe options, among other small changes/updates.