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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 6, 2020
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Chevrolet's engineers felt that they had reached the limit of a front-engined sportscar's capabilities, and finally made good on the Corvette's original aspirations. A mid-engined Corvette is now a thing, and, unlike its expensive exotic competitors, the price starts below $60,000. The new C8 Corvette stingray comes with a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 developing 490 hp. The legendary Corvette has bid farewell to the old and obsolete technologies (except for the engines, which is a good decision) and favored the adoption of modern chassis and driving dynamics. The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette can be ordered starting for july and is expected to start production by late 2020.

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Pros

Impressive performance

Value for money

Better cargo space than its competitors

Distinct styling

Cons

Lackluster interior

Handling could be better

Infotainment seems laggy

What's New?

The new C8 Corvette stingray will be a carryover model for 2021. There is n significant changes and the car is part of the 8th generation of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.


2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39300

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

204 cu. in.

horsepower

365 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

376 lb.-ft. @ 1300 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

114.4 in.

length

190.2 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

3829 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

37.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

23.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19 /25 /21 mpg

ev range

302.1 mi.

highway range

397.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior
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Styles

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Gray Metallic color
Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Final Verdict

8.6

8.2

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 1LT

1LT

power
490 hp @ 6450 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$59,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1LT 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $59,995 MSRP (16/19/25) 490 hp @ 6450 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed dual clutch includes manual and auto modes rear wheel drive 2

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT

2LT

power
490 hp @ 6450 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$67,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2LT 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $67,295 MSRP (16/19/25) 490 hp @ 6450 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed dual clutch includes manual and auto modes rear wheel drive 2

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT

3LT

power
490 hp @ 6450 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$71,945


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3LT 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $71,945 MSRP (16/19/25) 490 hp @ 6450 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed dual clutch includes manual and auto modes rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

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Overall Rating


Corvette is a name that is not something new to people across the states. Ask a car enthusiast which car is their favorite sports car, and the Corvette will surely be one among them. This car has made its name very synonymous with being one of the baddest cats in the arena and churning out killer performance figures that can cause even the best of cars to break a sweat. All that and more in a package starting at just $59,995, it is the quintessential budget sportscar. Last year the Corvette C8 stingray saw a major overhaul and the end result was simply superb. The C8 Corvette is now indeed a supercar killer. Given its performance and price, it definitely kills a lot of other cars out there.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Front View
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Rear View

8.5/10
Features

 

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.6/10
Final Verdict

 

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Features

8.5/10

The mid-engine Corvette C8 Stingray is available in the usual Corvette trim levels which include the 1LT, 2LT, and 3 LT. The base 1LT is priced at $59,995 while 2LT costs $67,295 and 3LT costs $71,945. Chevrolet is also offering 5 different packages for the Stingray C8 Coupe which can add features such as carbon fiber elements and performance specs to the sports machine.

Trims

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 1LT

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 2LT

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 3LT

MSRP (RWD)

$59,995

$67,295

$71,945

Key Features

7-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching

Adds/Upgrades to 1LT

Adds/Upgrades to 2LT

 

Performance exhaust with 4 inches polished stainless steel tips

Chevrolet Infotainment System with 8" diagonal color touch-screen

Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation and 8" diagonal color touch-screen

 

Gray, Perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces

Head-Up Display

High-gloss carbon-fiber instrument panel trim

 

Magnetic Selective Ride Control

Custom floor console lid with Stingray logo, Genuine Corvette Accessory

Custom Leather Wrapped Interior Package

 

Aluminum frame

Universal Home Remote

Carbon-fiber and sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel

 

Michelin Pilot Super Sport P245/35ZR19 front and P285/30ZR20 rear, performance, run-flat, summer-only tires

Inclination and interior movement sensors

Blue custom leather stitching

   

Gray, Leather seating surfaces with sueded microfiber inserts

Gray, Perforated Nappa leather seating surfaces

The Corvette comes with all the bells and whistles that deem a supercar worthy. Although the Corvette offers a bargain amongst all the other supercars out there, it's still not the very best you can have. For starters, a lot of the features come in as a paid option over the standard car and the 3 LT costs 10 grand more but is a lot more sense if you look at it in terms of money.

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Going out and getting the 3LT seems sensible, you pay a premium of 10 grand over the standard 1LT but you get a lot more added to the package. In fact, if you're buying a C8 then why get the 1LT when you can have all the goodies that Corvette offers in the 3LT. At the end of the day it's all about making a statement, then why cheap put on that.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The 2021 Chevy Corvette comes with a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 engine. This a common unit across a range of GM products. Although it is still a good engine, it still uses a cross-plane crank. Most of its competitors have switched to flat-plane cranks since it offers better response and has less inertia there letting the engine rev more.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 1LT

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Audi R8 Quattro Coupe

MSRP

$59,995

$113,300

$169,900

Engine

6.2L Gas V8

3.0L Premium H-6

5.2L Premium V-10

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Auto-shift Manual with OD and Auto-Manual

7-Speed Auto-Shift Manual with OD and Auto-Manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

490@6,450

443@6,500

562@8,100

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

465@5,150

390@2,300

406@6,400

Right off the bat the C8 produces 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque and is evidently not the most powerful here. However, it is the arrangement of the engine. It’s where a supercar should have its engine; Rear mid-engined. The Porsche 911 Carrera on the other hand makes the least power out here and is by far the most powerful series-production entry-level 911. 

What about the acceleration figures of the 2021 Corvette C8?

Surprisingly the C8 corvette is one of the fastest accelerating cars let alone being the fastest Corvette to date. The 2021 C8 Corvette sprints from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds! That’s unheard of in the land of Corvettes. Banter aside, the C8 is in fact the best Corvette ever made. It has the best handling of any Corvettes and gets a move on even though it’s not as powerful as the C7 Z06.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Rear Third Quarter View

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 1LT

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Audi R8 Quattro Coupe

0-60 MPH (sec)

2.9 

3

3.2 

Quarter Mile (sec)

11.2 

11.3 

10.6 

Top Speed (MPH)

194

191

200

Engine

6.2L Gas V8

3.0L Premium H-6

5.2L Premium V-10

Emission (Tons/year of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

8.8

11

It is quite evident that the C8 is the fastest accelerating machine out of the 3-speed monsters listed here. The Porsche 911 Carrera S does 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds and has a quarter-mile time of about 11.3 seconds. With a naturally aspirated screaming V10, the Audi R8 clocks 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds while covers the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds.

What about the brakes of the 2021 Corvette C8?

Since the Corvette has changed its engine layout for this time, engineers have had to make a lot of revisions to the chassis. One such important thing is the brakes, for maximum mass centralization the calipers are placed towards the middle of the car, leading to a more centralized unsprung mass.

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 1LT

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Audi R8 Quattro Coupe

Brake Rotors Front (in)

13.6

13.8

14.4

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

12.6

13.8

14

Curb Weight (lbs)

3362

3382

3957

70-0 MPH (ft)

149 

140 

155 

The C8 corvette gets 13.6 inch and 12.6-inch rotors at the front and rear respectively. Compared to its competition it seems smaller but given the Corvette is lighter it performs better. As from what we can see the C8 in fact brakes better than the Audi R8 which is equipped with much larger brake rotors. However, the best brakes are equipped in the Porsche.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Fuel Economy

7.0/10

It’s a good thing to note that while the engineers were busy squeezing the most out of C8 Corvette, they haven’t forgotten about the polar bears dying. It isn't astounding nor horrendous. Also Chevrolet has equipped the C8 with auto start/stop and an Eco driving mode to help further reduce its gas consumption.

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 1LT

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Audi R8 Quattro Coupe

MPG (City) 

18

18

13

MPG (Highway) 

26

24

20

MPG (Combined) 

22

20

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

16.9

21.9

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

278/500/407

304/406/338

285/438/372

The Corvette C8 Stingray has a fuel economy of 18.1 miles per gallon on the city roads while 26 miles per gallon on the highway. This gives the Corvette a combined fuel mileage of about 22 miles per gallon. The Carrera S goes for 18 miles in a gallon of fuel within the city while R8 clocks just 13 miles per gallon. On the highway, Carrera S goes for 24 miles while the R8 returns 20 miles per gallon.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Interior

9.0/10

The interiors of the C8 Corvette is functional but does not deem worthy of a supercar’s interior. Although for a base price of $60,000, the C8 has some decent equipment lying around. The steering is a nice and sporty flat-bottom wheel, you sit low and since the engine is outback, there is plenty of outward visibility. Not the most spacious or tidiest of cabins but nonetheless, it does the job well.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Cockpit Area

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 1LT

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Audi R8 Quattro Coupe

Seating Capacity

2

4

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.9/54.4/42.8

N/A

39/55/40.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

13

4.6

8

The Porsche comes with 2 additional seats at the back. It cannot be called a 4 seater, but generally, it is considered a 2+2 seater. This translates to seats that can be used for children, well most of the time. Cargo capacity is in fact one of the best in its class. At 13 cu.ft, the C8 Corvette decimates the Audi R8 and the Porsche Carrera in terms of available cargo space. Here are some of the interior features of the Corvette C8 Stingray 

  • Heated and ventilated 8-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Rear window defroster
  • Steering wheel mounted control
  • Leather-wrapped Heated steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Light-tinted windows
  • Tire specific low-tire-pressure warning

How is the 2021 C8 Corvette’s infotainment unit?

With the 8th gen Corvette, Chevrolet engineers have nailed it out of the park. The touchscreen unit on offer is the best that has been ever put in a Corvette. The sunlight legibility is decent and all the text and the numbers are readable, even on the brightest of days. Connectivity options on offer may put some of the most utilitarian cars that cost a lot more to shame. Some of the key infotainment features include:

  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • 8" touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Bose performance 14 speakers audio system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable internet access
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Key-in-ignition warning

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Exterior

9.0/10

The C8 Corvette has a new style compared to the C7 it replaces. Mainly due to the fact that the new one is a proper sports car. The C8 although looks different to the front-engined C7, carries forward a lot of the signature Corvette styling. The C8 retains the split tail lights, the difference being the C7 having two round circles instead of the squared-off ones on the C8. 

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Three Quarter View

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe 1LT

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Audi R8 Quattro Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

3366

3382

3957

Length (in)

182.3

177.9

174.3

Width (in)

76.1

72.9

76.4

Height (in)

48.6

51.2

49

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

N/A

6.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.7

96.5

104.4

We find the Corvette C8 very appealing, although it may not ooze the passion or flair of a Porsche or a Ferrari, it still has distinctive styling that makes it stand out. Following the lines, the V marks the front displays endurance while a set of sturdy lines make up the side profile. With styling that follows functions, the Corvette looks like a humble son of a privileged family. Some of the exterior features of the C8 Stingray are:

  • Composite body material
  • Black grille
  • Rear wing spoiler
  • Metallic paint
  • Rocker panel extensions
  • Power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Safety

8.0/10

Being a 2021 model, the NHTSA and IIHS are yet to test the new C8 however Chevrolet offers a plethora of features onboard all their cars, currently on sale. With features like Teen driver assist and advanced blind spot monitoring system as standard, the C8 Corvette, isn't just fast but safe as well. Here are a few notable highlights of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8’s safety features:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Fixed front head restraints
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • Traction control
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tracker system

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Competition

Corvette C8 Stingray vs Porsche 911 Carrera S

The 911 has always been one of the best cars in the automotive fraternity. It was never about power figures or outright acceleration but the Porsche 911 Carrera has a genuinely good blend between a sports car and a daily commuter. Last year saw the introduction of the new 992 generation which brings in noticeable design changes in both exterior and interior along with better performance. Even though 911s have outgrown themselves literally, some say it has lost what the 911 used to represent. A small and nimble sports car.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Corvette C8 Stingray vs Audi R8 

Audi R8 has been one of the most successful models Audi has had in the past decade. One of the best all-round cars that originally intended to take on the 911 has slowly evolved into the supercar league. With the Corvette, we think the R8 stands no chance since the C8 is much more modern and above all, a lot cheaper. So sacrificing all that just to buy an R8 makes sense given that it's always a personal choice. At the end of the day, it's money that matters and the C8 is a bargain at that.

Audi R8 Coupe

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Final Verdict

8.6/10

The Corvette C8 stingray is no doubt one of the best sports cars available on the market. It is a supercar for sportscar money, that’s how you’d define the C8. With blistering performance, impressive handling and advanced chassis dynamics, Chevrolet has put a lot of thought and effort in making the C8 what it is. If anything the C8 is the bargain when it comes to affordable supercars.