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Chevrolet Corvette Expert Review
A few key changes are coming to the mid-engine C8 Corvette in its third model year, including updates to the V-8 engine. But it won't be until the 2023 model year that Chevrolet releases an even more focused Z06 variant that improves on the Corvette's already supercar-level performance. Eventually, we might see the AWD hybrid Corvette E-Ray join the lineup, too.
- Updates to V-8 engine calibration and direct injection fuel system
- Low-profile rear spoiler, Z51 front splitter design to be offered on non-Z51 models
- Three new paint colors: Amplify Orange Tintcoat, Caffeine, Hypersonic Gray
- New IMSA GTLM Championship Edition (limited to 1,000 units)
The Corvette Stingray's 6.2-liter pushrod naturally aspirated V-8 delivers 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque—495 hp and 470 lb-ft with the Z51 pack's performance exhaust—and works with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to route power to the rear wheels.
The C8 Corvette's price-defying performance figures raised eyebrows and demanded headlines upon its release, and it remains a seriously impressive sports car. In our First Test, an example equipped with the Z51 performance package managed 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and a quarter mile in 11.1 seconds at 123.2 mph. (That said, we've tested a few C8s at this point and the launch control is inconsistent.) What's more, it even delivers decent fuel economy; the 2021 Corvette is EPA-rated at 15/27 mpg city/highway.
When the Corvette was first introduced, it boasted a starting price below $60,000. But prices have gone up a bit since then. The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette starts at just above $62,000 for the coupe and more than $69,500 for the convertible. It's possible to option a Corvette into the six-figure range with the right packages and accessories. Check our trim guide for the different features included with each variant.
Based on the high-end 3LT trim with the Z51 Performance package, this Corvette includes special graphics packages that vary with the paint color chosen. Other exterior updates include a high-wing spoiler in Carbon Flash trim, Black Trident wheels with yellow brake calipers, black side rockers, and splash guards. Inside the yellow-and-gray themed cabin, look for yellow seat belts and a C8.R Special Edition numbered plaque.
From what we know, the upcoming Z06 will change things up from its predecessor, forgoing that car's supercharged V-8 for a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-plane V-8 that employs dual overhead cams instead of the pushrods at work in the standard 'Vette engine. The flat-plane crank should allow the hi-po V-8 to spin up to 9,000 rpm. Expect this screaming V-8 to deliver around 625 hp and well more than 400 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet has officially announced that the Z06 will debut for the 2023 model year—and you gotta hear how this thing sounds.
We also finally got a look at the Z06's design, complete with unique front intakes and bumper designs, a new star-shaped side intake, and reshaped door mirrors. It doesn't look as extreme as the prototype we've spotted, though, likely because the version Chevrolet showed off is lacking an optional aerodynamics package.
Chevrolet hasn't officially announced any hybrid variants of its iconic sports car, but based on leaked reports and anonymous inside sources, there's more than one on the way. The first would be the E-Ray hybrid, a mid-level variant with the base Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8 augmented by a pair of electric motors driving the front wheels. We're also expecting a range-topping 1,000-hp "Zora" hybrid built around a twin-turbocharged version of the upcoming Z06's 5.5-liter V-8. The future of the Corvette is electrified, and we're excited.
We're not expecting any major changes to the Corvette's tech features for 2022. The standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display and 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster should carry over, and it's safe to assume Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will still be included on all models. A 10-speaker Bose setup will likely carry over as the base audio system, and the 14-speaker premium option should remain.
Outside infotainment tech, the C8 is notable for Chevrolet's Performance Data Recorder track-focused dash cam. It also offers a nose lift system to tiptoe over speed bumps and tricky angled ramps. What's clever about this system is that it uses GPS data to preemptively raise the nose at frequently used locations such as your home driveway or that pesky speed bump in your office parking lot.
Is there a more American car than the ChevroletCorvette? The Ford Mustang fan base may quibble with the thought, but there’s no denying that countless enthusiasts believe it to be true. And because of that, each new iteration of the sports car stokes excitement among Chevy loyalists. But it had been decades since the announcement of a new ‘Vette garnered as much anticipation as the unveiling of the eighth-generation model last year.
That’s because, after years of rumors and speculation, the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray was the first iteration of the model to feature a mid-engine layout. For Corvette diehards, that news was momentous. After all, moving the engine back would almost certainly allow the car to compete more directly with its high-performance European peers. Yet, it would also likely alter its signature look—a mid-engine placement would mean a new frame. Indeed, Chevy took the opportunity to completely reimagine the Corvette’s design, discarding more than a few signature features for the new C8, including the elongated nose of its predecessors. The result is a sports car that looks primed to compete for attention, not only with American devotees, but with collectors of European supercars as well.
The 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray Chevrolet
C8 Corvette Engine, Specs and Performance
Any discussion about the C8 Corvette can only begin in one place: the engine. After 67 years of commitment to a front-engine configuration for the Corvette, Chevrolet decided to kick off the new decade by repositioning the car’s powerhouse behind the driver and passenger seats. And this isn’t just any old engine—it’s a brand-new, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V-8.
While that base motor, which is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, isn’t all that different from the one featured in the C7, it is more powerful, bringing a solid 490 hp of grunt and 465 ft lbs of torque. The new power train enables the car to rocket from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds. The C8 can also complete the quarter-mile in just over 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 184 mph. And if that’s not enough for you, a Z51 performance package will boost the horsepower and torque figures to 495 hp and 470 ft lbs, respectively, giving all other performance numbers a lift as well. One thing to note: There is only one transmission option, something that has caused consternation among the faithful.
To help manage all that power, the C8 Corvette has a Driver Mode Selector that allows you to pick from six driving modes, including Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, MyMode and Z Mode (the latter two of which are customizable). It’s also equipped with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, with disc brakes and four-piston calipers on each wheel. The Z51 package also includes an electronic limited-slip differential, new final drive ratio, improved cooling system for the brakes, an enhanced suspension and a performance exhaust.
A New Exterior
Like any other vehicle, the iconic sports car has seen its shape and design shift since it was introduced in 1953. But from generation to generation, no design overhaul has been as jarring as the C8’s. For that last 25 years or so—about the time the C5 debuted in the mid ’90s—we’ve been able to see the previous generation of ‘Vettes within the new iteration’s design. That stops with the C8.
Chevrolet used the change in layout as a chance to alter the ‘Vette’s profile, discarding some of its trademark features. Gone is the long, signature nose and slightly squared-off back. The front still comes to a peak, but the rest of the lines and angles are sharper and the cockpit has been moved forward. That shift rids the car of the slinky elegance that’s been a part of its shape since the ’60s but gives its a new boldness. This is a vehicle designed for speed, and it looks like it. The new design, which is available as both a coupe and convertible, gives the American vehicle a decidedly more European aesthetic.
Inside the C8 Corvette Chevrolet
The C8 Corvette Interior
But it’s not just the exterior that’s been given a makeover. Open up the C8 Corvette’s interior and you’ll find a cabin that actually looks like the cockpit of a futuristic fighter jet. Sit down in the low-slung driver seat and you’re met with a rectangular steering wheel, which includes two large paddle shifters. Behind that is a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, which includes a new tachometer, to help keep track of your vehicle and its performance as you drive.
Embedded into the center console is an 8-inch infotainment screen that’s angled toward the driver. It’s equipped with Chevy’s Infotainment 3 Plus system, which features Bluetooth connectivity, a 4G mobile hotspot and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The C8 Corvette’s interior is also equipped with a high-performance, 14-speaker Bose audio system that is sure to be music to any audiophile’s ears. You’ll also have three different styles of bucket seats to choose from, as well as a variety of color and material options, including Napa leather and suede microfiber. And for those worried about cargo space due to the design changes, the C8 offers a front compartment and rear trunk that still has room for two sets of golf clubs.
The C8 Corvette’s Infotainment 3 Plus system Chevrolet
Like anyone else interested in high-performance vehicles, we were excited to get behind the wheel of the 2020 Corvette. But that test-drive through Nevada made one thing abundantly clear: While definitely a step in the right direction—and an incredible vehicle for its price—the new C8 wasn’t fully ready to shine. This is a car, after all, that wants to be mentioned in the same breath as Lamborghinis and McLarens, but it simply didn’t feel fully refined yet. From our “First Drive” write-up earlier this year:
“The new ‘Vette is a remarkable achievement for something starting under $60,000, but it’ll be a while before the C8 matures into the outstanding machine I’m confident it can be. Maybe that machine is the forthcoming Stingray convertible. Maybe it’s an eventual higher-powered Corvette variant. Either way, I feel the magic looming.”
Of course, it’s important to remember that the 2020 model is the very first installment of the C8. On average, different ‘Vette generations have managed to stick around for more than eight years. That gives the brand some time to improve the car—and find that magic.
C8 Corvette’s Price: Is It Worth It?
When Chevrolet first announced the mid-engine C8 Corvette, they promised it would start at less than $60,000. As far-fetched as that sounded at the time, the automaker delivered on that promise. Just like last year, the ‘Vette starts at $59,995 for the coupe and $67,495 for the convertible. Of course, with a near-endless list of options and trim levels, its price can quickly climb skywards, with a fully loaded convertible available for north of $100,000. Still, when you consider the kind of vehicles that the C8 is competing with, even the most expensive version seems like a bargain in comparison.
What’s Next: More Ways to Customize
As promising as the C8 Corvette may be, its first year has gone anything but smoothly. First, the United Auto Workers strikes delayed production of the eagerly anticipated vehicle, then the coronavirus pandemic brought the entire world to a standstill and raised serious supply concerns. Chevy has responded by offering more standard features and a raft of exciting new options for the car’s second go-around.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now come standard with the C8, as does a redesigned digital cluster and GM’s Buckle to Drive safety tech. As for the new options, there are two exterior finishes to choose from (Red Mist Tintcoat and Silver Flare Metallic), two new interior color schemes (Sky Cool Grey and Yellow Strike) and you can add racing or stinger stripes. Most exciting of all, though, is that the Magnetic Ride Control from the Z51 performance package is now available as a stand-alone option.
If none of that sounds sexy enough for you, don’t worry. Rumors are swirling that a high-performance Z06 variant packing a 600 hp, DOHC 32-valve 5.5-liter V-8 could arrive as soon as next year.That could be followed soon after by the first electrified ‘Vette, the all-wheel-drive E-Ray hybrid.
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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe Review: Captain American Muscle
If we can dream it, we can build it. It's as simple as that. The American people have been begging for a mid-engined Corvette since Ghostbusters movies were still good, and now that it's here, people seem, well, happy. We'd love to call the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe a supercar, but at the price, it's more of a highly exotic sports car that can keep up with cars three times its price. Corvettes have always had the uncanny ability to do so, and the C8 begs the question as to why you should fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars for something with a European brand name and a check engine light if you can just buy American and get the same level of performance. The 6.2-liter V8 under the hood of the Stingray develops only 490 horsepower, but it still launches the RWD Corvette at lightning speed. The interior is pretty, too. The Stingray Coupe goes up against cars such as the Porsche 911 Carrera, Jaguar F-Type, and even the odd Aston Martin Vantage.
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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe?
With the new year comes several small changes, including two new exterior colors, namely Silver Flare Metallic and Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, and a new Sky Cool Gray/Strike Yellow interior color scheme. Chevrolet also offers new full-length dual racing stripe colors for those who want to dip their new C8 Coupe in some extra hot freedom sauce, including Red, Blue, Orange, and Yellow. The classic Stinger Stripe is now available in Carbon Flash with your choice of Edge Red, Edge Yellow, or Midnight Silver. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, and magnetic ride control is now available as a standalone option.
Pros and Cons
- True supercar performance
- The interior feels special
- Works as a daily driver
- True feeling of freedom
- Bargain price
- It needs a louder exhaust from the factory
- Limited tech on offer
- You can't swop cogs yourself
- Every kid in a K-swapped Civic is going to want to race you
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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Exterior
The C8 Corvette looks like it was designed in the mind of a prepubescent boy who's seriously into The Transformers and secretly pounding Monster energy drinks on his lunch break. In other words, it looks pretty badass. Being the first mid-engined car in the history of the Corvette, Chevrolet went for an evolutionary look that still manages to grip your attention. It's one of the most exotic-looking American production cars ever built, and the standard removable Targa top just adds to the fun. Standard exterior features include 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season tires, auto-dimming power-folding outside mirrors, Carbon Flash exterior accents, and LED headlights. Optional extras for the 2-door speedster include a transparent roof panel, Shadow Gray exterior accents, and totally awesome racing stripes in a wide variety of colors.
Compared to the dimensions of competitors such as the Porsche 911 and even the Toyota Supra, the C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe is a lengthy machine, which further accentuates its supercar persona. With a total length of 182.3 inches, the Corvette is almost ten inches longer than the Supra and 4.4 inches longer than the Porsche. Its 107.2-inch wheelbase makes the Porsche 911 Carrera look like an imp. Its width of 76.1-inches (excluding the mirrors) is manageable, but you'll have to bend down low to get inside the cabin, thanks to a height of just 48.6 inches. The track width in the front is 64.9 inches and 62.4 inches in the back. Chevrolet has done its best to keep the weight off: the C8 Stingray Coupe tips the scales at a respectable 3,366 lbs.
Max Width76.1 in
Front Width64.9 in
Rear Width62.4 in
Curb Weight3,366.0 lbs
There's no point in trying to hide the fact that you drive one of the fastest and most capable American sports cars ever made; that's why Chevrolet offers the C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe in an array of colors that range from kinda wild to really wild. The good news is that all of the colors are available on all three trim levels. There are a total of 12 colors available, 8 of which are no-cost options, with Accelerate Yellow Metallic, Rapid Blue, Sebring Orange Tintcoat, and Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat being costing an additional $500 to $995 extra. New owners also get to add some fuel to the fire with a range of ten different accent stripes and decals, depending on choice of body paint, including full-length dual racing stripe packages for $995 and Stinger stripes for $500.
Corvette Stingray Coupe Performance
The engine might have moved behind the seats, but the 6.2L V8 remains true to the Corvette ethos: it's large displacement, it's naturally aspirated, and has eight cylinders. This move has also brought with it some serious performance advantages. The weight transfer on launch to the back wheels gives the C8 Stingray a massive grip advantage over the old front-engined Corvettes, and most are stunned at just how quickly this somewhat "rudimentary" supercar can launch off the line. The horsepower figure of 490 might not seem too impressive by today's standards, but that 465 lb-ft of torque more than closes the gap, helping the C8 Corvette Coupe to sprint from 0-60 mph in around three seconds. The optional Z51 package adds a high-performance exhaust that increases power by five horsepower, along with an electronic LSD, upgraded suspension, and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. With these modifications, the C8 Coupe will dart to sixty in under three seconds. The quarter-mile line gets crossed in just 11.2 seconds, and those patriotic enough will see a top speed of 194 mph.
Engine and Transmission
Chevrolet hasn't tried to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the C8's powertrain; instead, it has matched up reliable V8 power with a modern transmission, and we must admit, the combination works exceptionally well. Under the engine cover of the 2021 model Stingray C8 Coupe, you'll find an all-new LT4 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine developing 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Chevrolet's choice to go with a naturally aspirated V8 means that it can keep costs low, making the C8 Corvette one of the performance bargains of the decade. Get behind the wheel, and you'll be blown away by just how fast that 490 hp feels; the C8 Coupe bolts off the line with a level of ferocity usually reserved for much more exotic machinery. Our only wish is that the exhaust made a bit more noise, but there is an obvious and easy remedy for that. The DCT transmission offers lightning-fast shifts, and the package as a whole just works well.
Handling and Driving Impressions
Those used to the handling characteristics of the old front-engined, rear-wheel-drive Corvettes will experience a slight learning curve when stepping into the C8. Placing the engine behind the seats has completely changed the way the Corvette behaves in the corners, and it will take some time, practice, and a few sets of rubber to link your favorite course of corners at the drift track. Once settled behind the wheel, it becomes clear that the C8 Coupe actually likes to show some understeer when pushed hard. To solve this, you'll have to switch off the traction control and stomp on the loud pedal. This allows the C8 Coupe to rotate more. Most will never be able to exploit this car around a track fully, but those who can will appreciate its sharp turn-in and grip levels. If you're serious about taking your 'Vette to the track, then we'd recommend getting the Z51 package, which includes the excellent magnetic ride control suspension system. The standard car can feel stiff at lower speeds, but this upgraded system makes it feel surprisingly comfortable over most road surfaces. Braking feels good, but we do find that it loses feel towards the end of the pedal. There's lots of room for improvement, but that's what the hardcore versions are for.
Corvette Stingray Coupe Gas Mileage
What do you get when you build a supercar with a big 6.2-liter V8 engine stuffed behind the rear seats? An expensive fuel bill. In all seriousness, the C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe is a rather heavy drinker, but we've seen far worse gas mileage. The EPA rates that the 2021 'Vette will manage 15/27/19 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. That's not bad when you consider that this is a sub-three-second 0-60 mph car with a top speed of nearly 200 mph. Expect to see those numbers drop faster than crispy KFC skin down Cartman's throat when pushed. With an 18.5-gallon tank onboard, the Corvette Stingray Coupe will get you 352 miles outside of New York before the undead masses start to overrun the ill-prepared troops.
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City/Hwy: 15/27 mpg
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C8 Stingray Coupe 2-Seater Interior
When the C8 Corvette was launched, fans were blown away by just how different Chevrolet's approach was when it came to its halo sports coupe's interior design. Where previous generations had struggled with build quality issues and unfashionable designs, the C8 blew a breath of fresh air into the Corvette stable. The 2021 model carries over everything we love about the 2020 edition; the design is modern and decidedly exotic, even when compared to "true exotics" from Europe, and we're pleased to say that the build quality and material choice is still top-notch. We love that the dashboard is explicitly driver-oriented and that narrow strip of buttons running down the side of the center console could feature in a Blade Runner movie.
Seating and Interior Space
Sure, the Corvette is an all-out sports car, but it won't turn away a few chunky boys looking for a good time. There's a surprising amount of space inside the cabin of the C8 Stingray Coupe, even for a 2 seater. Getting in and out isn't a significant problem unless you have an injury preventing you from stooping a bit lower than usual. Once inside, you get a generous 42.8 inches of legroom, which is more than enough for six-footers and above, but the 37.9 inches of headroom could be a problem for the tallest of the tall. The sport seats offer generous support, and you can even opt for a set of more hardcore GT2 seats, which may cut off the blood supply to the outer organs of larger Homo Sapiens.
Front Leg Room42.8 in
Front Head Room37.9 in
Interior Colors and Materials
With a beautifully crafted cabin, the Chevy Corvette Coupe has taken one step closer to closing the perceived quality gap between American and European sports cars. The base model is offered with standard Jet Black Mulan leather upholstery and is also provided with Sky Cool Gray and Adrenaline Red upholstery. The 2LT vehicles expand on this somewhat limited palette by adding a bevy of additional Nappa choices, including Jet Black, Natural, and Sky Cool Gray, which can be paired up with perforated inserts or sueded microfiber. Some options will require you to cash out on the GT2 or Competition Sport bucket seats, though. 3LT cars get cool color combos such as Sky Cool Gray and Strike Yellow seats, with some combos requiring you to get the sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel for $595. Seatbelt color options include Back, Blue, Orange, and Red. The standard brushed aluminum trim looks classy and can be upgraded to carbon-fiber.
Corvette Stingray Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space
The Corvette has been lauded for its practicality, but ever since the engine decided to emigrate, Chevrolet has had to come up with an interesting storage solution. The Corvette features a very European frunk with a total size of 8.6 cubic feet. Pop the engine cover, and you'll also find a smaller trunk behind the motor. You get 12.6 cubic feet in total. This might not sound all that impressive, but you'll still be able to do a decent grocery run or pack for a weekend away with the partner. Rich country clubbers will also be pleased to hear that you can fit a set of golf clubs in the trunk of the Corvette, or the removable targa top for those sunny California days. Sure it's tight, but it offers a lot more than some of the competition. Inside the cabin, the Corvette offers a small storage bin in the center console, as well as a small slot between the seats, a glovebox, and door pockets.
Corvette Stingray Coupe Infotainment and Features
The exterior of the C8 Coupe might steal the show with its prominent alloy wheels, LED headlights, and targa top, but it's on the inside where the action gets hot. All Corvette Stingray Coupes are offered with standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi, eight-way power driver and passenger seats, a 12-inch diagonal color cluster, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless open and start, a leather steering wheel, an oil-life monitoring system, and rear park assist. The 2LT adds a bunch of handy features such as HD front and rear vision cameras, heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats with power lumbar control and power seatback bolsters, a head-up display unit with three selectable modes (Tour, Sport, and Track), a heated steering wheel, a rear camera mirror, and wireless phone charging. The 2LT also features rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and a car alarm for added safety. The top-of-the-range 3LT adds a custom leather-wrapped interior covering the upper instrument panel, door trim panels, and upper console. The track-focused GT2 bucket seats and standard carbon fiber trim add a touch of focus to the interior, and the Nappa leather seating surfaces with perforated inserts and sueded microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim package add a touch of class.
The 2021 Coupe retains the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system, which includes an eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth streaming, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration (these last two are standard fitment for 2021), HD radio, and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM. The 1LT offers a 10-speaker Bose sound system, while the 2LT and 3LT upgrade to a 14-speaker Bose system and include navigation as standard. We appreciate the driver-focused cockpit of the Corvette Coupe and the fact that all significant controls are angled towards the driver for easier access. Train your left arm to swat away pesky passengers that try to fiddle with the touchscreen.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Problems and Reliability
It has only been a year since it first launched in the US, and the Corvette Stingray Coupe has already been recalled four times. In August of 2020, the car was recalled for an issue with the front trunk release and for a hood that could inadvertently open at speed. In September of that year, the Corvette was again recalled for a malfunctioning seat belt retractor. Finally, the car was recalled for a faulty sensor in the electronic brake boost system. J.D. Power has no review on the C8.
Chevrolet will cover the Corvette with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty, and a one-visit/one-year maintenance plan.
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3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
- Drivetrain Note:
Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
- Roadside Assistance:
5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
- Roadside Assistance Note:
Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
- Maintenance Note:
1 Year \ 1 Visit
Corvette Stingray Coupe Safety
Neither the NHTSA nor IIHS has yet subjected the C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe to review so there are no safety ratings to go on, but judging by its limited number of safety features, we don't expect that it will be winning any awards.
Key Safety Features
When Chevrolet builds a vehicle capable of doing almost 200 mph, you'd expect it to stuff said car full of the most advanced safety systems, but that's not the case with the C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe. This car comes with your basic airbag setup that includes frontal airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. ABS, stability control, and traction control are naturally on board, and all cars benefit from rear park assist. 2LT and 3LT cars get standard rear cross-traffic alert and side blind-zone alert. And that's all she wrote.
Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe a good sports car?
It's hard not to make a big deal out of the fact that you can buy a mid-engined American supercar for only $60,000. Ok, so it's not exactly a supercar by traditional standards, but it sure does perform and look like one. Chevrolet has gone beyond what Americans thought was possible from a domestic car manufacturer: not only has it kept the price of the C8 Chevy Corvette Stringray Coupe down and retained the naturally-aspirated V8, but it has changed the perception of what we thought it meant to drive an American sports car. The C8 Corvette Coupe goes like stink, has a refined and well-built interior, and will cost you half as much as a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe. Sure, there are local offerings that deliver more power, but no other American sports car will make you feel this special and involved.
🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe?
Besides the fact that it looks fantastic, goes like Honey Booboo on ice skates down a ski-slope, and feels like a proper luxury sports car on the inside, the Corvette's other major party trick is its price. You can have one of these mid-engined beasts for only $59,900. That's the MSRP of the base model 1LT, of course. Stepping up to the 2LT will cost you $67,200, while the 3LT goes on sale for $71,850. To put that into perspective, the cheapest Porsche 911 you can buy is the Carrera Coupe, which, for $99,200, offers only 379 hp and 331 lb-ft. Fully loaded, the 3LT can cross the $95k mark.
New C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe Models
There are three trim levels on offer for 2021, starting with the 1LT, followed by the 2LT and 3LT. All three trim levels are powered by the same 490-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine mated to an eight-speed DCT that channels power to the rear wheels.
The base model gets standard features such as eight-way power driver and passenger seats, a leather steering wheel, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear park assist, keyless entry and ignition, and a 12-inch diagonal color cluster. It also features an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio.
2LT cars add more luxury in the form of heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats with power lumbar control, power seatback bolsters, and a heated steering wheel. They also pack more tech and include a head-up display unit with three selectable modes (Tour, Sport, Track), HD front and rear vision cameras, and wireless phone charging. The infotainment now also features navigation and a 14-speaker Bose sound system replaces the standard ten-speaker setup. The 2LT is also a safer car thanks to the inclusion of rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert, and a car alarm.
The range-topping 3LT adds features a custom leather-wrapped interior covering the upper instrument panel, door trim panels, and upper console, track-focused GT2 bucket seats, Nappa leather seating surfaces, and sueded microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim.
No true Corvette fan will pass on the Z51 Performance package, which, for $5,995, will add performance suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, a performance rear ratio axle, performance Brembo anti-lock brakes, a high-flow exhaust, new front and rear aero parts, summer performance tires, and a heavy-duty cooling system. While you're at it, you might as well brighten up the engine bay with the $995 Engine Appearance Package, which adds a carbon-fiber closeout panel on each side of the engine and an LED lighting system. Hell yeah!
🚗What 2021 Corvette Stingray Coupe Model Should I Buy?
The Corvette Coupe is not the type of car that will get parked in a garage and only driven on special occasions; it's relatively practical and easy to live with on a day-to-day basis, and most owners will use it accordingly. That is why we suggest going with the middle-of-the-range 2LT, which adds many nice-to-haves that new owners will appreciate in the long run. These include integrated navigation, heated and ventilated seats, and a head-up display, all of which go a long way to making a car more liveable in the long run.
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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe might be the ultimate American sports car, but others offer even more power at little to no extra cost. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe is such an option. The ZL1 starts at $63,000, making it just over $4,000 dearer than the C8. What do you get for the extra dough? Well, about 160 more horsepower and two more seats. Don't let the four-seat layout fool you, however: in reality, the Corvette is the more comfortable car to live with, and the ZL1's back seats are best used as extra storage space to supplement its 9.1-cubic-foot trunk. The ZL1 Camaro is a potent track weapon and is massively fast in a straight line, but the Corvette is more fun, offers an immense sense of occasion, and is cheaper.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe vs Ford Mustang Coupe
What do these two cars have in common? Cheap horsepower. If power is your main concern, and you don't have the bucks to park a new Corvette in your driveway, then the Ford Mustang GT starts to make a lot of sense. This all-American hero offers an impressive 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque from its 5.0-liter V8 at a cost of only $36,120. At $78.5 per horsepower, it beats the $120 per pony figure of the Corvette. The Mustang is also a more practical daily driver with its 13.5-cubic-foot trunk. That low asking price makes itself known in specific areas, though: the interior is filled with cheap plastics, and the infotainment system isn't the greatest. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for, and if it's cheap power you're after, you can't go wrong with the Mustang, but we'll always go for the Corvette if the bucks are there.
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With a lineage that stretches back to the 1950s, the Chevrolet Corvette is a mainstay of performance-car culture, and the current C8 model takes that tradition to a new place with a 490-hp V-8 engine mounted behind the passenger compartment and a still-affordable price tag. Performance in the supercar range and surgically precise handling make the Corvette a track day darling when equipped with the Z51 package—but its ride over rough stretches is unexpectedly smooth and its cabin is comfortable enough for daily use. Both a coupe and a convertible are offered, and the coupe has a lift-off roof panel for open-air motoring. Storage areas behind the engine and in front of the cabin offer enough cargo space for a weekend away, but don't expect hatchback practicality like the previous generation Vette offered.
What's New for 2022?
To celebrate the C8.R race car's inaugural season, Chevrolet is offering a limited-edition appearance package on the Corvette which was inspired by the IMSA GTLM championship-winning competition version. Only 1000 will be built, and the package adds $6595 to the base price of the 3LT trim. The package combines Accelerate Yellow or Hypersonic Gray exterior paint with Carbon Flash colored mirror caps and rear spoiler. The Corvette racing logo appears throughout the design and the cabin is done up in a yellow and gray scheme to match. Other changes for 2022 include a new optional low-profile rear spoiler, three new colors, and a few changes to the Corvette's mechanicals including a new fuel pump and fuel injectors.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Corvette is available as either a coupe or a convertible with a folding hard top. Since the coupe's roof lifts off for open-top motoring anyway, we'd stick with it. We'd instead spend the money to upgrade to the 2LT version which adds a number of features, including a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charging pad, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, a 14-speaker Bose stereo system, blind-spot monitoring, and much more. The Z51 performance package is also a must-have as it brings all of the Corvette's best performance-oriented gear.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Although the engine is in a new location—now behind the passenger compartment instead of in front of it—it remains a 6.2-liter V-8, albeit one making 490 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. With the dual-mode performance exhaust that is part of the Z51 package, it makes 495 horsepower. The Z51 option also adds an electronic limited-slip rear differential, more aggressive brakes, and summer tires. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic (a Corvette first) is the sole transmission. It is controlled either by a push-button gear selector on the center console or by using two large steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A manual transmission is not available. In our testing, we recorded a zero-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 122 mph in a car equipped with the Z51 performance package and the optional FE4 magnetorheological dampers. We managed a braking distance of 149 feet from 70 mph and recorded 1.03 g's on the skid pad. Even in base form, however, the new Corvette is capable of heroic handling and delivers big thrills on both road and track.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Corvette earns EPA fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. We subjected it to our own 200-mile highway fuel-economy test and recorded 26 mpg, 1 mpg less than expected. The last generation–remember the Corvette with the engine in the front?–managed a 27 mpg result in the same test. For more information about the Corvette's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Corvette remains a pure two-seater, and the futuristic interior is lined in materials such as leather, real metal trim, and imitation suede; it even has a fancy stitched headliner. Speaking of the roof, it's removable on the coupe, just like those of previous Corvettes, and it fits inside the trunk that's just aft of the engine compartment. The rear trunk also can accommodate two golf bags, and a front trunk offers space for luggage or cargo while the roof is stowed. The driver sits behind a squared-off steering wheel and a 12.0-inch reconfigurable gauge display; a large infotainment touchscreen is angled toward the driver for ease of use. The interior design takes the driver-focused concept to the max, bisecting the cockpit with a tall bank of switches for the car's climate-control system. Overall, the new Vette's cabin is quite good. Upgrading to the 3LT package gets you upgraded materials such as sewn leather on most of its interior surfaces, plus carbon-fiber trim. The new Corvette offers two trunk areas, one ahead of the passenger compartment and one behind the engine, for a total of 13 cubic feet of storage space. Chevrolet says the Corvette can fit two sets of golf clubs in the rear compartment when they are stacked on top of each other. In our testing, we were able to fit our set of clubs easily, so Chevy's claim seems valid. When it came to seeing if there was room for our carry-on-size suitcases, we were able to fit one in the Corvette's front trunk and two in the rear compartment.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The new Corvette uses Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 Plus system, which features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth audio streaming, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The system is easy to use and quick to respond to commands.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Corvette can be had with a limited number of driver-assistance features, and none are standard on the base model. For more information about the Corvette's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
While its performance is amazing, the Corvette's warranty coverage is strictly average. At least the first maintenance service is covered at no cost.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51
mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door targa
PRICE AS TESTED
$88,310 (base price: $64,995)
pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement 376 cu in, 6162 cc
Power 495 hp @ 6450 rpm
Torque 470 lb-ft @ 5150 rpm
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Suspension (F/R): control arms/control arms
Brakes (F/R): 13.6-in vented disc/
13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP, F: 245/35ZR-19 (89Y) TPC Spec 3120 R: 305/30ZR-20 (99Y) TPC Spec 312
Wheelbase: 107.2 in
Length: 182.3 in
Width: 76.1 in
Height: 48.6 in
Passenger volume: 51 cu ft
Cargo volume: 13 cu ft
Curb weight: 3647 lb
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.2 sec
Zero to 60 mph: 2.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 7.2 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 13.2 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 19.4 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 3.5 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 1.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 11.2 sec @ 122 mph
Top speed (drag limited, mfr’s claim): 184 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 149 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.03 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
75-mph highway driving: 26 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 19/16/26 mpg
More Features and Specs
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