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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Review - Price, Performance, Top Speed, Interiors, And Rivals

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Pranav Gupta

Content Writer August 11, 2020 at 01:44 PM
As the C8 Corvette enters its second year of production, Chevrolet elevated the status of its mid-engined sportscar. The 2021 Corvette Stingray carries over its impressive performance with a 490-hp V8 engine at the same affordable base price of $59,995. An interesting addition is the standardization of a few performance-centric features from the Z51 package. The 2021 Corvette Stingray will go on sale by November 2020.

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Chevrolet has carried forward the Corvette Stingray for 2021 and it continues to be the most affordable sportscar in the segment. Chevy had redesigned the Corvette for 2020 and continues to flaunt the sharp form factor without any changes that were bought about with its 8th Generation upgrade in 2020. Despite being a carryover, Chevy didn't dull things down by pushing the Corvette as it is, as it gets a few interesting updates as well.


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With a retained price tag of just $59,995 for a mid-engined 490 hp sports car with a performance touching supercar boundaries, it's hard to describe the value of the Chevy C8 Stingray. In the US, the entry-level C8 is cheaper than traditional nameplates such as Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Carrera which makes it a killer of a deal. And to make things challenging for the competition, as it is a homegrown brand, servicing costs come in rather cheap as compared to the Germans in this segment.

What’s the Price of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray?

The 2021 Corvette Stingray is a carryover model with minor upgrades, thus retains the carryover pricing. The C8 Corvette starts under $60,000 for the base 1LT while even the well-equipped 3LT is priced at an MSRP of approx $70,000. The 2021 Corvette undercuts most of its direct rivals. For reference, The 2020 Audi R8 Quattro starts at an MSRP of $169,900 while the Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe costs $113,300 (MSRP).

The 2021 Chevy Corvette gets more standard features inside the cabin, along with more exterior color and styling options. To be the best everyday driving sportscar, C8's more than eligible. It is big! Certainly, longer than almost any other mid-engined two-seater. The advantage of that is the relatively spacious cabin and the added practicality of the rear luggage compartment.

What’s new in the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray?

For 2021, Chevrolet keeps the Corvette's pricing consistent with the 2020 model year. There are two new colors: Red Mist Tint Coat Metallic and Silver Flare Metallic, replacing Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat and Blade Silver Metallic. Chevrolet has added more standard features including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, new digital gauge display options, and a Buckle-to-Drive safety feature.

Moreover, now you can order any Corvette with the optional magnetorheological dampers as a standalone option. For the exterior styling, a new Full-Length Dual Racing Stripe package is available. For the interiors, Chevy added a new gray-and-yellow interior color scheme as an option. Various new features of the 2021 Corvette Stingray are summarised below.

  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension available without Z51 (FE2)
  • Standard Wireless Apple CarPlay/Wireless Android Auto
  • Exterior colors include- Silver Flare Metallic, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat
  • Sky Cool Gray/Yellow Strike interior color
  • New Full-Length Dual Racing Stripe Package colors: Blue, Orange, Red and Yellow
  • Stinger Stripes in three colors: Carbon Flash/Edge Red, Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow and Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver
  • Driver mode on-screen visualization and new track digital tachometer
  • Standard Buckle To Drive safety technology

What are the engine updates for the 2021 Chevy Corvette C8?

The 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray uses a 6.2-liter V8 engine churning 490 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Purists prefer a conventional manual transmission but on the contrary, Corvette uses its first 8-speed DCT. Also, Vette's german rival, Audi R8 has a 72 hp advantage, still, the 2021 Chevy Corvette's lower curb weight and higher torque nullify that to an extent. Not to mention its insane price advantage as well. The only complaint with the C8's new power plant thus far is that it doesn't sound menacing enough.

Though with the dual-mode performance exhaust that is part of the Z51 package, it makes 495 horsepower and exhaust sound better. The Z51 package also equips the Vette with an electronic limited-slip rear differential, superior brakes, and slick summer tires. It still isn't turbocharged or supercharged because of which you really need to work on the rev-band to get the best out of this mid-engine Chevy. But it manages to make up for this with a well-balanced power curve that surges in as early as 6,450 RPM.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2020 Audi R8

MSRP

$59,995 

$113,300 

$169,900 

Engine

6.2L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged Flat-6

5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Auto-shift Manual

7-Speed Auto-Shift Manual

Power

490 hp @ 6,450 RPM

443 hp @ 6,500 RPM

562 hp @ 8,100 RPM

Torque

465 lb-ft @ 5,150 RPM

390 lb-ft @ 2,300 RPM

406 lb-ft @ 6,400 RPM

0-60 MPH

2.9 secs

3.0 secs

3.2 secs

Quarter Mile

11.2 secs

11.3 secs

10.6 secs

Top Speed

194 MPH

191 MPH

200 MPH

With the C8 Corvette, Chevy shocked the world with its mid-engine layout, for the first time. The rear-wheel dynamics of the Corvette continues. The Porsche 911 Carrera is the least powerful among the rivals but is one of the better entry-level 911. In terms of raw performance, the new Corvette may not feel dramatically quicker than the C7. The 911 Carrera S may be less powerful but nudges 60 mph from a standstill in flat 3 seconds while the R8 is marginally slower.


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What are the MPG Figures of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray?

The 2021 Corvette earns EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 15 MPG in the city, and 27 MPG on the highway. The gas tank has a capacity of 18.5 gallons, so on a heavy-footed drive, visits to the gas station might be more than a few. Compared to the last generation, the C8 Corvette offers similar MPG ratings.

Chevy offers six drive modes: Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, and MyMode and Z Mode which helps in providing a curated driving experience all the while conserving and using fuel as per the demanding situations. Despite having a power-hungry V8, engineers at Chevrolet have managed to provide a rather fuel-efficient powertrain layout.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2020 Audi R8

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/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

278/ 500/ 407

304/ 406/ 338

285/ 438/ 372

Though sports cars are not bought for mileage Chevy keeps the practicality under check. For daily drivability, 2021 Corvette will prove more fuel-efficient as compared to its other sports car rivals such as Audi R8 and Porsche 911. But Audi R8 is the one with the biggest fuel tank which helps it have a marginal edge over the Chevy when it comes to long open roads.

What are the changes for the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray Interior?

The C8 Stingray's interior hasn't changed much while Chevy offers two new Sky Cool Gray/Yellow Strike interior colors. The C8's cockpit features a new driver mode on-screen visualization and a new track digital tachometer. The C8 Corvette's interior is far more upscale than the C7 and the 2-seat layout is more driver-focused and modern. Overall, the new Vette's cabin is quite good but with the 3LT package, you get upgraded materials including sewn leather and carbon-fiber trim.

A large screen dominates the driver's view beyond the leather-clad steering wheel. The large exterior dimensions of the C8 grant generous space inside which is average in the segment. Chevy packs 2021 Corvette with features and options that include a head-up display and ventilated seats. The driver sits behind the Vette's squared-off steering wheel while getting in and out is relatively easy. Opting for the 3LT also adds the grippier GT2 seats. Regardless of the seats, the legroom is good and the headroom is sufficient even for taller adults.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2020 Audi R8

Seating Capacity

2

4

2

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

37.9/54.4/42.8

N/A

39/55/40.9

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

13.0

4.6

8

In terms of cargo capacity, the 2021 Chevy Corvette may not look spacious on paper but provides ample of storage space. The C8’s rear trunk offers space to hold two golf-bags easily, while the font trunk can hold one carry-on bag. The combined cargo space of two trunks in the C8 Corvette sums to 13 cu-ft. Various creature comfort features of the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray are:

  • Revamped digital instrument cluster with new drive mode visualizations and digital tachometer
  • Unique stripe of center console panel with lined physical buttons
  • Heated and ventilated 8-way power-adjustable front seats
  • New Sky Cool Grey and Yellow Strike interior shades
  • Leather-wrapped Heated steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Light-tinted windows

What are the infotainment features on offer in the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray?

The new Corvette gets Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 Plus system, with an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The audiophiles can upgrade the 10-speaker Bose sound system to a 14-speaker Bose system.

The 2LT and up models get Wireless charging and voice-activated navigation as standard. The system is quick to respond and easy to use. Another addition for the 2021 Stingray is a new on-screen visualization for the drive modes and a digital tachometer. The key infotainment features in the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Standard Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bose performance 14 speakers audio system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable internet access
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

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What are the updates for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Exterior?

The mid-engine Corvette has an impressive supercar styling and proportions, riding atop a set of staggered 19/ 20-inch wheels. Chevrolet seems to have taken inspiration from the best sports cars on the market. Close to Ferrari design, C8 also has some similarities to the C7 such as front air dams and LED headlights. The new mid-engine layout implemented in the 8th Generation has opened up a new page of driving dynamics and design philosophy for the Corvette and it carries on for 2021 as well.

The design cues remain unchanged for 2021 with the only additions being added exterior colors. New stripes also join the customization options with various color options to modify the aesthetic feel as per your wish. The wing mirrors resemble the ones found on a McLaren. At the rear, the exhausts feature a quad-exit design at either end of the bumper with a prominent diffuser in between. The C8 Corvette's dimensions assert the supercar stature, with a wide stance and a low ride height.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2020 Audi R8

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

49.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

N/A

6.3

Wheelbase (in.)

107.2

96.5

104.4

The Corvette's wheelbase is 107.2 inches, almost 2.8 inches longer than the Audi R8. The 911 Carrera S is the most compact with a wheelbase measuring 96.5 inches. The base curb weight is a relatively light 3,366 pounds. Surprisingly, the Vette is much wider than most of its counterparts and its large exterior dimensions translate in generous interior space. The Key Exterior Features on the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray include:

  • Stinger Stripe in three colors: Carbon Flash/Edge Red, Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow and Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver
  • Power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
  • Full-Length Dual Racing Stripe Package colors: Blue, Orange, Red and Yellow
  • Painted brake calipers: available in Black, Bright Red, Edge Red and Yellow
  • New Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat and Silver Flare Metallic exterior colors
  • Rocker panel extensions
  • Blacked-out front grille
  • Rear wing spoiler

What are the safety features in the 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray?

Chevrolet provides a limited standard safety and driver-assistance features with the C8 Corvette but for 2021, Corvette gets a standard Buckle To Drive, a safety technology that, when active, can prevent the driver from shifting the vehicle out of Park if the driver's seat belt is not buckled for up to 20 seconds. All other advanced driver-assistance features are part of the options list. Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has rated the C8 Corvette.

The 8th gen Chevy Corvette is yet to face the test of time to prove its dependability. However, The C8 has been built around a far lower-cost aluminum structure while there are two carbon fiber parts to add strength in critical areas. Chevrolet claims the C8 Corvette's structure is 19% stiffer than that of the C7. The new standard Buckle to Drive prevents change from "Park" if the seat-belts are not used. Notable safety features of the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray include:

  • Side-impact bars
  • Standard Buckle To Drive
  • Fixed front head restraints
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Tire specific low-tire-pressure warning
  • Standard HD Rear Vision Camera (1LT) and HD Front and Rear Vision Cameras (2LT/ 3LT)
  • 4 Airbags: driver and passenger frontal and side-impact airbags with Passenger Sensing System

When will the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray launch and is it worth buying?

While the engine position has switched, the C8's remains a powerful sports car that offers an unbeatable bang for the buck with enough practicality for daily driving. Compared to a true sports car, Corvette may not feature the technical sophistication, but nor does it really want to be one. The 2021 Corvette Stingray is slated for launch by the last quarter of 2020, most probably by November 2020.

And now with the unchanged pricing and add-on features, the 2021 Corvette is a fair deal. Chevy’s entry into mid-engine sportscar family and strategic pricing seems to be the right tactic to cut out the competition. The competition has got some intense catching up to do and you have a winner to vouch for with the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray.


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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray FAQs

Is the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray AWD?

No, the 2021 Corvette Stingray is only offered in an RWD configuration.

What is the top speed of Chevy Corvette Stingray?

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has a top speed of 194 MPH in its standard configuration and 184 MPH with the Z51 Performance Package.

What does C8 mean in Chevy C8 Corvette?

"C8" refers to the eighth generation of Chevrolet Corvette and is denoted in this form right from the inception of the Corvette starting with the C1.

Does the Chevy Corvette Stingray come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 Chevy Corvette Stingray comes standard with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and even Wireless support for both.

What is the warranty on the Chevy Corvette Stingray?

Chevrolet provides a well rounded on the 2021 Corvette Stingray that includes:

  • Bumper-to-bumper coverage of 3 years/ 36,000 miles 
  • Available extended warranty of 5 years/ 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain Warranty of 5 years/ 60,000
  • Emission Control System Warranty of 2 years/ 24,000 miles
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