2021 Chevrolet Corvette Changes Include New Colors and Technology

Beverly Braga | Jul 08, 2020

We’ve previously announced that the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette would carry over its debut-year price, but at the time Chevrolet gave no further details regarding year-over-year updates. Changes to the 2021 Corvette have finally been released and, as expected for the new vehicle, most of them are relatively minor.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Convertible

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In its second year, the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C8) maintains its base sticker price of $59,995 for the coupe and $67,495 for the convertible. Under the hood, the Stingray retains the same 6.2-liter V-8 engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Standard output is 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. 

As was true in 2020, when coupled with the available Z51 Performance Package, the powertrain makes 5 extra horsepower and lb.-ft. of torque and accelerates the Corvette from zero to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. The Z51 Package also includes performance-oriented brakes, suspension, and exhaust as well as an electronic limited-slip differential, a rear spoiler, a front splitter, a heavy-duty cooling system, and high-performance summer tires. An adaptive Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension is also standard for added comfort on less than perfect roads.

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For 2021, the adaptive suspension is no longer exclusive to the Corvette Z51 and can be added to other Stingrays. A digital track tachometer and driver mode on-screen readouts are also new, and a few features have been added on the technology side, too. Wireless connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard across the Corvette lineup as is a safety feature called Buckle to Drive. 

When activated, Buckle to Drive technology prevents the vehicle from shifting out of park for up to 20 seconds if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled. Although part of Chevrolet’s Teen Driver technology in other vehicles, where Buckle to Drive is applied to a specific key fob for the vehicle, this feature is offered for all drivers in the Corvette.

Buyers also will get a choice of new exterior colors for 2021. Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat and Silver Flare Metallic have been added to the paint palette. Red Mist replaces Long Beach Red and will likely see a premium-coat upcharge, which is currently $995 for 2020 models.

For additional accessorizing, there are new stripe packages. The hood-only Stinger stripe now comes in Carbon Flash paired with a choice of Edge Red, Edge Yellow and Midnight Silver. A full-length dual racing stripe package that includes blue, orange, red, and yellow is another new-for-2021 option. The cabin is not without change either as a new Sky Cool Gray/Yellow Strike interior color is now available. 

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette remains unchanged in terms of overall design and engineering, though a Z06 version is expected to arrive soon with even more power and performance. The 2021 Corvette release date is planned for closer to the end of the calendar year.

The information in this article is from Chevrolet. It was accurate on July 8, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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