2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow 

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July 29, 2020  at 12:10 PM

The mid-engined Corvette stingray C8 is undoubtedly the best and the quickest Corvette ever made. It's powerful, stylish, premium, sporty and handles like a dream. All of that still comes at a very attainable tag as well. However, still months old, the 2021 Corvette Stingray is mostly expected to be a carry-over model, but with some newly available decoration for sure.

Launched recently in 2020, the eighth-gen Chevrolet Corvette has been one of the most buzzed and anticipated cars of all time. And why not? The eighth-gen Corvette is the first one in its entire history to sport a mid-mounted engine. Thankfully, the engine is also more powerful in its base form than its predecessors. There's a new transmission, redesigned styling, upscale and sporty cabin along with an updated suite of features. The new Corvette is certainly the best it has ever been. Its new design is sleek and aggressive which also enhances its performance significantly. Chevrolet has already stated that the C8 is the quickest Corvette ever made. 

Also, it's now more driver-centric with an all-new cabin that now feels like a true sports car. Above all, you still don't need to break the bank for a C8 Corvette, despite its strong sporting promises. Though it is still fresh in its family, the Corvette C8 Stingray would soon enter its 2021 model. However, because it's only a few months old and still very fresh, it won’t get any major changes as expected. Though the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette will get some cosmetic treatments to enhance its wholesome as a sports car. With nothing deep to dive-in, we take a quick look here at the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

What’s new with the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe?

  • New exterior paints and dual-stripe options
  • Magnetic selective ride control suspension now standard
  • Wireless Smartphone Integration system via Apple CarPlay
  • New digital gauge display
  • Buckle-to-Drive safety feature which prevents the transmission to shift until the driver puts on the seat belt
  • A wireless smartphone charging pad

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe?

Thankfully, Chevrolet has revealed that the price for the 2021 Corvette Stingray would be the same as the 2020 model. That means even with the minor updates, the 2020 Corvette would still ask for $58,900, for its base model. However, there has been no official declaration on release but we do expect the 2021 Corvette Stingray to hit the stores somewhere around fall 2020. 

What to expect in the engine department of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe?

The upcoming 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray would retain the 6.2-liter V8 engine, similar to that of its current 2020 model. Paired with an 8-speed Automatic transmission system, the engine churns around 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft. of torque. Grab the optional $5000 Z51 optional package and the power gets bumped up to 495 hp. 

While purists might be disappointed by the elimination of a manual transmission, thankfully, the new Corvette feels more promising on the move than its predecessor. Power delivery is smooth and linear as usual and you have loads of power and torque underneath your foot no matter what speed you are in. What helps the C8 character is the industry-leading 8-speed DCT which is very quick, smooth and responsive in its business. Even in manual mode, the paddle-shifters drop down quick and the Corvette never feels in the wrong gear.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe (expected)

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Base MSRP

$58,900

$50,945

$58,850

$46,705

Engine

6.2 Liter V8

3.0 Liter Intercooled Turbo Inline-6

2.0 Liter Intercooled Turbo H-4

5.0-liter V8

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

6-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

490 @ 6450

335 @ 5000

300 @ 6500

480 @ 7000

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

465 @ 5150

365 @ 1600

280 @ 1950

420 @ 4600

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.0

3.8

4.9

4.0

Quarter-mile (sec)

11.2

12.3

12.0

12.2

The above table clearly shows the staggering performance numbers delivered by Corvette Stingray. No surprise, even its base setup, it is the most powerful in its segment here. Its raw power and enhanced aerodynamics also aptly reflect in its straight-line acceleration. The car is so responsive and aerodynamic than the standard all-season tires too, don't hinder its swiftness at all. With 0-60 mph coming up in 3.0 seconds, the Corvette Stingray is the quickest in its segment. With no changes upfront, it will remain so even in its upcoming 2021 model. 

How does the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe handle?

Chevrolet Corvettes are known for their breathtaking performance, athletic handling, and insanely high-speed abilities and the C8 Stingray is no different. The C8 balances its usual character even with the mid-engine layout. The chassis is now stiffer than all its predecessors and the mid-engine accounts for a 60% weight concentrated toward the rear end. What this allows is a better weight distribution that results in optimal grip and traction in all conditions. Grab the 2LT model and you also get re-tuned suspension which further enhances its cornering abilities. Place it around twisties and the Corvette C8 tackles them all with great confidence and grip. 

The electronic limited-slip differential available with the Z51 package allows it to swipe through bends with no fuss or fumble. There are six different drives modes available and the way in which the Corvette switches its character in each of those settings is nothing less than magical. Interestingly, the Corvette feels more stable, confident, firm and agile at higher speeds. More the speeds, better is the Corvette. However, under normal mode, the ride feels as refined and plush as a normal everyday car. The new steering wheel is very direct and precise and is almost immediate in its responses. Flicking the C8 around corners is much more fun than the C7’s. 

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe deliver?

With the massive engine underneath and staggering performance numbers, fuel economy in the segment is not that peaky. With the addition of innovative features, dynamic design, and efficient drivetrain, the economy of the new Corvette Stingray is still best described as class average. However, the C8 Corvette Stingray’s blistering performance will blow the economy part out of your mind for sure. That being said, a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray offers a 19 combined mpg which is as stated earlier, an average for its class. With no mechanical changes at all, the 2020 Corvette Stingray should also deliver similar numbers. 

Model

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe (expected)

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt

MPG (city)

15*

24

NA

14

MPG (highway)

27*

31

NA

23

MPG (combined)

19*

26

NA

17

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18.5*

13.7

14.2

16.0

Range (city/highway) (miles)

277/499*

328/424

NA

224/368

*2020 figures are taken for reference

While its economy may be average, the Stingray does get the largest fuel tank among its competitors. With 18.5 gallons of fuel storage, the C8 offers the best driving range among its rivals. On the economy front though, the Toyota Supra delivers the class best 26 combined mpg. Thanks to its compact proportions and lightweight body. 

What to expect from the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe interior?

Interior space of the new Coupe is expected to get a revamp with genteel material selection, sporty trims, comfortable seating with extended supports, heating, and ventilating feature, multiple small-item storage options, and a spacious cabin for two occupants. Yes, the new Corvette Stingray can accommodate two occupants. Both the seats are highly comfortable with ample cushioning and extended supports. The interior layout feels modern and driver-centric with the dashboard and center-console tilted towards the driver.

 Even the materials inside have taken a huge leap and are more premium than the outgoing C7. Paying some extra dollars would also help you with aluminum, carbon-fiber and suede inserts around the cabin. With sports trimming, track-like vibe oozes out of the cabin of the Corvette Stingray. Cargo space is limited but sufficient for long weekend getaway luggage. The cabin shows off a driver eccentric dashboard with modern-day digital features and interactive interface. Steering-mounted controls and high response rate improves the overall drive quality of the car. The Automatic Climate Control system maintains ambient cabin temperature at all times.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe (expected)

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Passenger Capacity

2

2

2

2

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

37.9/54.4/42.8*

38.3/54.4/42.2

NA/NA/NA

37.6/56.3/45.1

Second Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

12.6

10.2

14.7

13.5

*2020 figures used for reference

The sport seats in the Corvette stingray are also more comfortable than before with better padding and under-thigh support. Furthermore, the seats could also be had with power-adjustability alongside heated and ventilated functionality. Not the best in class though but there is sufficient headroom and legroom around the seats to stretch out. However, if you are looking for a healthy cargo compartment in the C8 Corvette, you are about to be disappointed then. The 2020 Corvette Stingray offers a 12.6 cu.ft. of cargo space which is below its class average.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe: Infotainment and Connectivity

With cutting edge technological advancements, the new Corvette Stingray is expected to get a new range of infotainment and connectivity features. An abundance of standard features is added in the base trim of the Stingray and a goodly range is offered in the LT2 model. The cabin gets a Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system which features an 8-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Voice commands, a wireless smartphone charging pad, steering mounted controls, digital instrument cluster are also on tap with the new Corvette. Audiophiles are served well with 14-speaker Bose optional audio system. The standard 10-speaker unit is not bad either. Talking about the infotainment screen, it’s tilted towards the driver and is also within a very good reach. The screen is sharp and crisp and is also very responsive in day to day use. 

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe?

The Corvette Stingray is definitely a stunner when it comes to the looks of the car. Oozing sporty vibes at every corner, aerodynamic design, rear diffusers, front splitter, sharp LED headlights, and massive alloy wheels gives the Corvette Stingray an edge in the segment. A wide variety of personalization options and upgraded packages are also available to further level up the sports vibe of the Coupe.

The latest 2021 Corvette Stingray is expected to get minor design tweaks with better detailing and lighter material usage. The dynamics of the car are improving year after year putting down more downforce and improving the overall stability of the car at high speeds. The wide wheelbase of the car takes care of cornering agility and stability. Low height means a lower center of mass which directly improves the balance and stability of the car.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe (expected)

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3366

3397

3034

3850

Length (in.)

182.3

172.5

172.4

188.5

Width (in.)

76.1

73

70.9

75.4

Height (in.)

48.6

50.9

51

54.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

NA

4.5

4.3

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

107.2

97.2

97.4

107.1

The table clearly shows the dynamic design of the Corvette Stingray with the widest wheelbase and lowest height. The track width of the car is more in the front which gives better aerodynamic performance. Competitors like The Toyota Supra and Porsche 718 Cayman also offer a compelling design statement and dynamic body structure.

Will the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe be worth my money and time?

The C8 Corvette Stingray is certainly one of the best sports cars in the market right now. It looks very sharp and aggressive, it's powerful and quick, handles brilliantly and can serve seamlessly as a daily-driver as well. Most importantly, it offers an overall package and driving fun of much higher cars at a very affordable price. What better could one ask for in the price bracket of $60,000 - $70,000?

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