Chevrolet's Corvette is perhaps the most iconic American performance car in automotive history. Chevy recently produced their first mid-engine Corvette. The 2021 Corvettes continue with this design choice. Having the engine mounted in the middle of the vehicle means better balance and weight distribution. That means better traction and overall performance.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, new Corvettes can be ordered with dual racing stripes that run the entire length of the car. A new safety feature will only allow the Corvette to be shifted into drive once all occupants fasten their seat belts. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is available to every trim level for 2021. These apps can be connected to wirelessly. The digital gauge cluster now has more options for customization.
Body Styles and Configurations
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is available as a 2-door coupe or as a convertible. The convertible has a hardtop that folds in. The coupe also offers an open-air driving experience thanks to a removable hardtop. This version of the Corvette has a sleek and modern body design. It would look right at home in a showroom next to exotic supercars that cost twice as much.
Available Trim Levels:
Every model of the 2021 Corvette comes equipped with the same V8 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. The Stingray 1LT model offers 19-inch aluminum wheels. This trim also has performance, run-flat tires. The outside mirrors offer a heating feature. All of the exterior lights are LED models. Stability Control with Traction Control is also a standard feature.
This base model comes with a 10-speaker audio system by Bose. It has the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with an 8-inch touchscreen display. Bluetooth technology allows for smartphones to be easily connected to the system. The comfortable bucket seats have Mulan leather upholstery.
Performance-wise and mechanically, the 2LT isn't that much different from the base-model Corvette. Cosmetically, the exteriors are largely the same too. The 2LT has body-colored exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. On the inside, both trims get bucket seats with 8-way power adjustments.
One new addition to the 2LT is that the seats now come with heating and ventilation. The sound system gets upgraded to a premium 14-speaker setup by Bose. The infotainment system gets an added navigation system for this model. The 2LT also gets a theft-deterrent system and the Side Blind-Zone Alert driver-assist feature.
For the exterior, the 3LT gives buyers more options for wheel size, color and design. The interior comes with numerous new color, carpet and upholstery choices as well. Seats can be covered in fine Napa leather with colors like Adrenaline Red and Jet Black. The seats have perforated inserts to remain breathable and comfortable.
The 3LT has Rear Park Assist to aid the driver when maneuvering backwards into tight spots. All of the upper trim now comes wrapped in suede microfiber. This includes the headliner and both visors. The 3LT features GT2 bucket seats with carbon-fiber trim. Most of the new features are cosmetic.
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine. This engine is capable of producing 490 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Upgrading to the Z51 package gets you an additional 5 horses under the hood. All of that power and torque can get you from 0 to 60 miles-per-hour in just 2.8 seconds. This Corvette can tackle the quarter mile in just over 11 seconds while reaching speeds of up to 122 miles-per-hour.
Acceleration is astounding when you're behind the wheel of a 2021 Corvette. The roar of the V8 engine can certainly be heard, but in this case, that's not a bad thing. Braking power is good, and the Corvette can come to a complete stop in under 150 feet when traveling at around 70 miles-per-hour. The 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission works smoothly. Steering, handling and traction are all exceptional here.
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette was built with maximum speed and performance in mind. Still, fuel economy is good for this class of vehicle with a big V8 engine. The EPA estimates the Corvette should get around 15 miles-per-gallon in the city and 27 miles-per-gallon on the highway. That equals a combined fuel-economy rating of 19 miles-per-gallon.
Chevrolet has packed their latest Corvette with a number of modern safety features. There's an advanced airbag system that provides protection for the driver and front passenger. HD cameras provide a view behind and in front of the car for better driver awareness. Daytime Running Lamps increase the visibility of the Corvette.
There's an alert to let you know when a vehicle has entered into your potential blind spots. Another alert lets you know when there is rear cross-traffic. OnStar and Chevrolet Connected ervices can be added on for extra safety and support. Traction Control means better handling and therefore a safer driving experience.
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is a beautiful car with performance specs that are hard to beat. That's especially true when the Corvette is compared to other vehicles in its price range. The Corvette is capable of being a legitimate track car for competitive racing. It's also a solid daily driver thanks to its fantastic ride quality and wealth of convenience features.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Chevrolet Corvette Stingray MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.