A Sports Car Dynasty Continues.
The eighth-generation Corvette, introduced as a 2020 model, continues to impress the most seasoned automobile enthusiasts around the world. Available in coupe or convertible, the 2021 Corvette is everything mid-engine advocate and Corvette patron saint Zora Arkus-Duntov could have imagined. The 2021 Stingray is a Corvette for a new age, and will no doubt entice future generations of Corvette enthusiasts who seek a driving experience like no other.
Beauty Under Glass.
Your first impression is that beautiful engine behind the cockpit, visible on coupe models. Why is it located there? First, this puts the weight of the engine over the rear-driving wheels to enhance traction. With the engine behind the cockpit, there’s more forward visibility. And with the seats positioned closer to the front wheels, the driver and passenger are the car’s center of gravity. The result is the kind of reflexes you’d expect from a well-honed sports car. Stingray proves that life is indeed a beautiful ride.
Sweeping Proportions with a Bold, Wide Stance.
Mid-Engine architecture dictated a different shape for the eighth-generation Corvette. Designers made a polite nod to its proud heritage. Function played a huge role, with larger front intakes and sculpted side intakes that help the engine breathe and stay cool. With the cockpit moved significantly forward, the side profile reveals a short hood with a long, graceful rear deck. The rear fascia features two functional air exits flanked by twin taillamps and twin exhaust outlets on each side, leaving no doubt about what you’re driving.
Experience the Road Like Never Before.
The eighth-generation Corvette cockpit is well-suited to enthusiast driving. Your driving position is some 16 inches forward compared to the previous generation. The low forward cowl makes it easy to see, while racing-style steering wheel with paddle shifters keeps the view pure and also provides extra knee room. Your rear sight lines are equally as impressive thanks to an available Rear Camera Mirror. Console controls include a push-button toggle switch gear selector and leather-wrapped Driver Mode Selector. Finally, a flowing buttress is topped with easy-to-reach climate controls.
A 40/60 Weight Distribution, for Performance Perfection.
For most of automotive history, engineers have sought a 50/50 weight distribution, especially for front-engine cars with rear-driving wheels. But Zora Arkus-Duntov declared a 40/60 front-to-rear weight ratio as ideal when he was developing the first Chevrolet mid-engine concept car – CERV I (Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle).
The newest generation of Stingray uses the same 40/60 front-to-rear weight ratio. Equally important, however, is the extraordinary rigidity of the structure itself, thanks to its architecture and materials. The Stingray structure is 30% to 50% stiffer than some well-respected competitors.
The secret is a closed center tunnel backbone conjoined by twin rails top and bottom. Many of the aluminum pieces are made with high-pressure die castings for extraordinary density. Others are made out of cast, forged or extruded aluminum. There is even carbon-fiber rear bumper beam.
This rigid structure not only allows Stingray to change direction in heroic ways, but also quickens acceleration times.
Coiled and Ready to Devour any Corner.
Quick reflexes are mandatory. The eighth-generation Corvette features a modified SLA (short/long arm) suspension geometry as well as coil springs on all four corners of the car. This configuration keeps spring rates and damping low for comfort while enabling track high-g cornering capability.
New for 2021, Magnetic Selective Ride Control is now available without having to order the Z51 Performance Package. The system integrates with the Driver Mode Selector to adjust ride stiffness in real time using magnetized ferrous particles in the shock fluid.
Standard on Stingray is an all-season tire that offers summer tire performance. The Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tire has the ability to achieve .94 g of lateral acceleration on a skid pad. For even greater capability, order the available Z51 Performance Package that includes Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer-only tires for even higher lateral grip on dry racetracks.
Heart and Soul.
Powering Stingray is a 6.2L LT2 aluminum small block V8 engine. Now in fifth-generation form, it is more compact yet more powerful: 490 standard horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. Much of the LT 2’s additional power can be attributed to excellent breathing. The intake system is a low-restriction design and incorporates identical 210 mm runners and an 87 mm throttle body. The performance header exhaust manifolds are also low-restriction and feature a stylized four-into-one design. The available Z51 Performance Package adds 5 more horsepower and 5 more lb.-ft. of torque, good for 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. You can also get that additional horsepower and torque from the available performance exhaust.
A standard dry-sump oil system is integrated into the block and allows the engine to be positioned for a lower center of gravity. Three scavenging pumps capture circulating oil to ensure pressurized distribution even in the highest-g situations on the track.
It’s All About the Seamless Administration of Power.
The 2021 Corvette is equipped with advanced powertrain technologies that let you get the most out of almost any driving situation. One of those is the standard Driver Mode Selector. It allows the driver to select preferences when it comes to shift points, steering effort, engine sound and braking feel. Bad weather or freezing conditions can also affect choices. Six driving modes are available, including four standard presets – Tour, Weather, Sport and Track – plus two flexible modes. These include My Mode, which allows you to create your own combination of presets for everyday use, and Z Mode, which lets you choose from a larger menu of high-performance settings for the engine, transmission and steering, especially for a particular road or track – all by pressing the silver Z button on the steering wheel.
The control of a manual. The smoothness of an automatic. And it shifts faster than any human can, helping create the fastest-accelerating production Stingray ever. The 8-speed dual-clutch transmission is effectively two manual gearboxes that have clutches actuated by computers on a concentric shaft so there is no torque loss.
There’s a shaft for even gears 2-4-6-8-R and another for odd gears 1-3-5-7. The shifting schedule aligns to your chosen Driver Mode Selector position. As you shift via the paddles, you can simultaneously engage one shaft while you’re disengaging another, giving you the ultimate feeling of control.
The Pinnacle of Performance.
The architecture, structure, suspension, calibrations and software of Stingray are all ready to deliver a driving experience beyond your imagination. But to reach the pinnacle, check the box for the available Z51 Performance Package. It provides a group of performance enhancements, including:
-Performance brakes with larger brake rotors and performance brake pads
-Performance suspension (FE3)
-Performance final drive ratio
-Electronic Limited-Slip Differential
-Rear spoiler and front splitter
-Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer-only tires
-Heavy-duty cooling system
Z51 Performance Package cars can also be ordered with a Magnetic Selective Ride Control system that includes Performance Traction Management.
Choose the Information That Suits Your Situation.
Corvette engineers recognize that you have different information needs in different driving situations. A 12-inch diagonal customizable gauge cluster dominates the controls with graphics that change completely depending on your selected driving mode. You can view the wide cluster display neatly framed by the racing-style steering wheel. The display itself has two panels on the left side of the tachometer and four panels with track display that you can populate with specific information or gauges using the Options menu. An 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen is conveniently positioned just to the right of the central cluster.
A button and pull toggle gear selector help simplify the console area. The Driver Mode Selector features a leather-accented palm rest, while climate controls are located atop the buttress separating driver and passenger.
High performance takes on many dimensions in the Stingray. Among them is an available 14-speaker Bose Performance Series, the most powerful sound system ever in a Stingray. Plus, an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot allows you to stay connected, as does standard wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto compatibility.
Help yourself become a better driver with the available Performance Data Recorder. When activated, it logs video of your drive onto an SD memory card. Three modes allow you to capture video, audio, driving stats, date and time, and much more. A fourth, Valet Mode, can record the activity of your car when you’re not around. On the Corvette website, you can also download software developed by the same engineering firm that supplies Corvette Racing. It acts like a virtual driving coach, giving you vital metrics and comparisons.
An available Head-Up Display (HUD) system offers three distinct views for Tour, Sport, and Track modes. Tour mode includes speed limit and turn-by-turn navigation prompts. Sport mode includes digital speed, tachometer and a g-force indicator. Track mode includes digital speed, tachometer, shift lights, best lap time, current lap time and gain/loss.
Three Ways to Become One with Your Corvette.
Becoming One with a car means you’re properly situated behind the controls. Corvette offers three different seats for different driver preferences, all in a multitude of color combinations and contrasting color seat belts – and all with available thick contrasting stitching.
The GT1 seat in Mulan leather provides an intelligent balance between excellent support for the enthusiastic driver and easy entry/egress for regular driving use.
The available GT2 seat in Napa leather blends the comfort of the GT1 seat with the appearance and carbon-fiber trim of the Competition Sport seat. Sueded microfiber or two-tone leather inserts are available.
The available Competition Sport seat provides aggressive bolsters for track driving, with a performance textile in high-wear areas.
Stingray is equipped with two trunks, one in the front and one in the rear behind the engine, for luggage, coolers, groceries and more. Both coupe and convertible offer the same 12.6 cubic feet of cargo area. The front trunk will accommodate a standard carry-on roller bag as well as a medium backpack. The rear trunk will carry up to two sets of golf clubs or the removable roof panel (coupe). This kind of versatility makes stingray a real-world grand touring machine.
Corvette Racing – A Championship Its First Year Out.
In the inaugural year of the all-new C8.R, Corvette Racing achieved a dream season, competing against the best Europe has to offer and clinching the 2020 GTLM Manufacturers, Drivers and Team titles for Chevrolet in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Led by the yellow and silver No. 3 C8.R and the silver and yellow No. 4 C8.R, the team added to an already impressive list of championships – 113 race victories and eight Le Mans wins since 1999, the most of any competitor. It’s all for a very good reason – to make sure that Corvette remains one of the best sports cars in the world, via the technical transfer that comes from racing. Corvette fans can continue to applaud the results.
2021 Corvette Available Options:
Colors: Arctic White, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic, Silver Flare Metallic, Shadow Gray Metallic, Zeus Bronze Metallic, Accelerate Yellow Metallic, Torch Red, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, Sebring Orange Tintcoat, Rapid Blue, Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic, and Black
Available Full-Length Dual Racing Stripe Package: Edge Orange, Edge Blue, Carbon Flash, Midnight Gray, Edge Red, Sterling Silver, and Edge Yellow
Available Hood Stinger Stripes: Carbon Flash/Edge Red, Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow, and Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver
Wheels: 19” x 8.5” Front and 20” x 11” Rear 5-Open-Spoke Bright Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels, 19” x 8.5” Front and 20” x 11” Rear 5-Open-Spoke Carbon Flash Metallic-Painted Aluminum Wheels with Machined Edge, 19” x 8.5” Front and 20” x 11” Rear 5-Trident-Spoke Machined-Face Sterling Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels, 19” x 8.5” Front and 20” x 11” Rear 5-Trident-Spoke Machined-Face Spectra Gray-Painted Aluminum Wheels, 19” x 8.5” Front and 20” x 11” Rear 5-Trident-Spoke Black-Painted Aluminum Wheels from Corvette Accessories, and 19” x 8.5” Front and 20” x 11” Rear 5-Open-Spoke Performance Pewter-Painted Aluminum Wheels from Corvette Accessories
Caliper Colors: Standard Black-Painted Brembo Brake Calipers, Available Bright Red-Painted Brembo Brake Calipers, Available Edge Red-Painted Brembo Brake Calipers, and Available Edge Yellow-Painted Brembo Brake Calipers
Seatbelt Colors: Black, Orange, Natural, Tension Blue, Torch Red, and Yellow
Interior Colors: Jet Black, Sky Cool Gray, Two-Tone Sky Cool Gray, Adrenaline Red, Two-Tone Adrenaline Red, Natural, Two-Tone Natural, Natural-Dipped, Tension Blue/Twilight Blue-Dipped, Morello Red-Dipped, and Sky Cool Gray/Strike Yellow
Accessories: 2-Piece Premium Leather Travel Bags in Jet Black with Crossed-Flags Logo, Premium Leather Travel Bag in Jet Black with Crossed-Flags Logo, Premium Indoor Car Cover in Black with Embossed Crossed-Flags Logo, Premium Indoor Car Cover in Red with Embossed Stingray Logo, Premium Outdoor Car Cover in Gray with Stingray Logo, Premium Carpeted Floor Mats in Jet Black with Torch Red Stitching (Also Available with Black, Gray or Natural Stitching), Cargo Liner in Jet Black, High Wing Spoiler in Carbon Flash Metallic (Also Available in Black, Torch Red, Shadow Gray Metallic and Arctic White), Fender Hash Marks in Midnight Silver and Carbon Flash Metallic Accents, Fender Hash Marks in Edge Red and Carbon Flash Metallic Accents, Fender Hash Marks in Carbon Flash Metallic and Edge Red Accents, Corvette Script Rear Emblem in Torch Red (Also Available in Arctic White and Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic), Mirror Caps in Visible Carbon Fiber, Side Rocker Extensions in Black, Grille Inserts in Visible Carbon Fiber, and Front Splash Guards in Black.