PREVIEW BY VEENO DEWAN
With the Covid-19 Pandemic causing delays in production at GM’s Bowling Green manufacturing plant in Kentucky, there were rumors back in March that the coupe and convertible versions of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 would not be produced due to plant closures anytime soon in 2020. So, with the plant at Bowling Green closed off due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chevrolet decided to skip the 2020 model year Corvette and reassigning it as a 2021 model. But the delay is Corvette fans gains as the 2021 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8 coupe and convertible. Gets new features, new interior, and exterior color options. But the automaker is determined to make up for that unintentional hiccup with more kit on the 2021 model — yet the price stays precisely where it was. , Set to go on sale near the end of the year, the 2021 Corvette starts at $59,995, (US) the same base price as last year, Canadian prices to be announced)
The biggest news about the new Corvette is the fact that it’s mid-engine, and according to Chevy, one of the benefits of this setup is the shorter nose, which means a shorter, straighter, and stiffer steering system. The rear weight bias—improves straight-line acceleration and enhances the steering experience since it reduces the need for steering assistance. Also, Chevy mentions visibility and utility (the car has two trunks) as benefits of the architecture.
The mid-engined 6.2-liter Small Block V8 that Chevy calls the “LT2.” It makes 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque in standard form, and the performance exhaust that comes with the Z51 package brings those figures up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft.
The new Corvette’s 6.2-liter V8 is mated to a new Tremec eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that Chevy says has a low first gear to yield better launch times, and closely spaced second-through-sixth gears to keep the engine near its peak power operating point on the track. Chevy says that gears seven and eight are tall to keep engine speed down to yield fuel economy and lower engine stresses during highway cruising. That transmission, along with the 495 horsepower V8, should generate a 0-60 mph time in under three seconds, Chevy claims. When equipped with the Z51 Performance Package, it adds larger brake rotors, performance tires, a unique front splitter and rear spoiler, brake cooling inlets in the front, a performance exhaust, and more cooling capacity, plus an electronic limited-slip differential with a different gear ratio.
The mid-engined Corvette gets useful interior detail changes, incredibly for the same price as 2020.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities are now standard. The digital gauge cluster offers a few new display options, including a different visualization for the tachometer for track driving. GM’s Buckle to Drive feature, which requires the driver to buckle their seatbelt before the car can be shifted out of the park, is now standard. There are also a smattering of new interior and exterior colors, including a neat gray/yellow combination.
Like every other new Chevrolet, the Corvette packs the latest infotainment system on an 8-inch touchscreen with optional embedded navigation and a standard 4G LTE WI-Fi hotspot seven devices.
The new Corvette’s 6.2-liter V8 is mated to a new Tremec eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that Chevy says has a low first gear to yield better launch times, and closely spaced second-through-sixth gears to keep the engine near its peak power operating point on the track.
The 2021 Corvette does now offer magnetorheological dampers as a standalone option, meaning you can choose this suspension setup without the Z51 performance package.
The C8 will start production later this year. Chevrolet has announced that the 2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette will be getting new paint schemes, while the 2021 C8 will come with two new paint colors. There’s a Silver Flare Metallic Red Mist Metallic Tint Coat. It replaces Long Beach Red Metallic, and a choice of racing stripes in any color e now also available on the C8. You can have racing stripes in either red, blue, orange, or yellow. The 2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette will also be available in the iconic pale blue and orange racing Gulf Colors. Apart from dual racing stripes, customers will also be able to opt for dual-tone stinger stripes, which will have Carbon Flash as the common denominator, which can be paired with Edge Red, Edge Yellow or Midnight Silver.
Despite all these updates, it is commendable that with its raft of changes for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette. They are keeping the price stays precisely the same as last year. The base price for the C8 coupe is $59,995, including destination, while the C8 convertible raises that floor to $67,495. That’s before options and higher trims. Canadian prices will take into account currency fluctuations s and may be higher.