Nobody said that the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has it easy this year. Several significant setbacks–such as the coronavirus pandemic and the strikes of United Auto Workers–have delayed the production of the C8. It caused some customers who ordered the 2020 model to wait for the 2021 model of C8 to arrive.
Fortunately, things are in the correct motion now. GM extended production of the 2020 model year of Corvette to reach its initial target of 20,000 units.
Another good news: the 2021 model of Stingray is starting its production–a month earlier than originally expected. Some of these Corvettes are appearing in dealership showrooms. In fact, the first Silver Flare Metallic for the 2021 Corvette Stingray is already in the hands of its owner in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
With all of these developments, it seems that Chevrolet wants to give its enthusiasts an early Christmas gift. That’s something that we want to hear before this gruesome year ends.
Typically, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant of GM is closed during the holidays. However, the automaker decided it will operate until December 23 to keep up with the production demands. Thus, it is estimated that Chevrolet was able to make 500 to 600 units of the 2021 C8 Corvette. After the holiday break, the production for this car resumes on January 4.
There are minimal changes from the latest generation of C8 to its predecessor. There are new colors available, namely Silver Flare Metallic and Red Mist. There are also brand-new stripe packages and an interior design that combines Yellow Strike and Sky Cool Gray.
Like the 2020 model, the 2021 C8 Corvette will run on a 6.2-liter V8 engine, enabling it to burst 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. It also got an eight-speed automatic transmission to back its monstrous performance.
And as a merry gift to everyone, its price remains the same: $59,995 plus the destination fees.