Reading About Corvette
The C8 Corvette is a masterpiece of engineering. Speaking of the Stingray, Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer, said, “Our mission was to develop a new sports car, combining the successful attributes of Corvette with the performance and driving experience of mid-engine supercars.”
Remember that throughout its storied history Corvette had its engine up front.
2021 Corvette Stingray Coupe and Convertible (Image: Chevrolet)
And that engine—an all-aluminum 6.2-liter LT2 V8 that produces 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque in the standard package and 495 hp and 470 lb-ft in the Z51 Performance Package—, with the eighth generation of the car, sits amidships, something that probably had had more than a few people on the Corvette team holding their breaths, being concerned with the reaction of the Vette faithful.
It wasn’t a problem.
Although the launch of production of the first model year of the C8, 2020, was delayed due to a United Auto Workers 40-day strike against General Motors (the longest against the automaker since 1970, when they were out 67 days), Chevy has announced the 2021 Corvette, which is largely predicated on new colors inside and out, as well as things like standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the availability of Magnetic Selective Ride Control without opting for the Z51 package.
In other words, the 2021 Corvette is essentially the same as the 2020 version, which we point out because our sister publication CompositesWorld has a fascinating story on the development of the vehicle that we strongly recommend you read.