We knew the C8 Corvette wouldn't stay a sub-$60, car forever. As it was, the mid-engine sports car debuted just $5 under the benchmark price point with destination charges included, and the vast majority of buyers didn't choose a no-option base-model 1LT anyway. Still, it was a boasting point for the automaker but that will be changing soon. Very soon.
We have word from the Corvette Action Center website that a $1, price increase across all Corvette trim levels will take effect on March 1. Motor1.com confirmed the report with a Chevrolet spokesperson, who told us the following:
"The MSRP of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible at all trim levels will increase by $1, beginning March 1. Customers who have event code sold orders and beyond by March 2 will not be impacted by the price increase on the Corvette Stingray. We monitor and adjust pricing on all our products regularly, and we’re confident the Corvette remains a winning formula of performance and attainability."
$1, certainly isn't a big jump, but it does officially take the mid-engine machine beyond the $60, barrier. Realistically, it was always just marketing speak and that was backed up by sales statistics for the C8. 1LT coupes accounted for just percent of Corvette sales, but that doesn't mean those cars were under $60, with no additional options. On the other end, the vast majority of buyers jumped straight to the top-tier 3LT model, which had an MSRP over $70,
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In June , Chevrolet said the Corvette's base price wouldn't increase for , but that was before the full scope of COVID was fully understood. Instead of producing 40,plus cars for the first year of production, only half that rolled off the Bowling Green assembly line. Numerous production shutdowns have further plagued the Corvette for , and it's unclear when things might get back to normal. As it stands, another scheduled factory shutdown will run for five days starting March 1, just in time for the price increase.
The Chevy Corvette C8 is now entering its third model year and eager buyers of the first mid-engine Vette understandably need to know the pricing for the model year.
While we all know before that the Corvette 1LT Coupe will start at $62,, while the Corvette Convertible will begin at $69, (both prices include destination), a recent series of screenshots from Corvette Action Center show the updated prices across the range, including the options and destination fees.
The previous numbers are telling us that there will be a $1, increase across the range but actually, the price increase is $1, However, the destination charge has also been increased by $ (from $1, to $1,), which was inevitably added into the equation.
That said, there are options that have been given a price hike as well. These include the popular Z51 Performance Package that's now priced at $6,, as well as the E60 Front Lift option (now at $2,), Black Trident Wheels (now priced at $2,), and High Wing (now at $1,).
Not all are increases, though. The 5VM ground effects package gets a hefty discount from $4, before to now $4,
The Corvette will see the addition of a low profile spoiler into the options, priced at $ It's also the model year when the Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition will be available for an additional $6, to a 3LT trim with the Z51 Performance Package.
New colors will be added to the options as well, including Amplify Orange Tintcoat, Hypersonic Gray Metallic, and Caffeine. Lastly, the C8's engine has been updated as well with revamped fuel injection system and Active Fuel Management system without changing the engine's output.
With a lineage that stretches back to the s, the Chevrolet Corvette is a mainstay of performance-car culture, and the current C8 model takes that tradition to a new place with a hp V-8 engine mounted behind the passenger compartment and a still-affordable price tag. Performance in the supercar range and surgically precise handling make the Corvette a track day darling when equipped with the Z51 package—but its ride over rough stretches is unexpectedly smooth and its cabin is comfortable enough for daily use. Both a coupe and a convertible are offered, and the coupe has a lift-off roof panel for open-air motoring. Storage areas behind the engine and in front of the cabin offer enough cargo space for a weekend away, but don't expect hatchback practicality like the previous generation Vette offered.
What's New for ?
To celebrate the C8.R race car's inaugural season, Chevrolet is offering a limited-edition appearance package on the Corvette which was inspired by the IMSA GTLM championship-winning competition version. Only will be built, and the package adds $ to the base price of the 3LT trim. The package combines Accelerate Yellow or Hypersonic Gray exterior paint with Carbon Flash colored mirror caps and rear spoiler. The Corvette racing logo appears throughout the design and the cabin is done up in a yellow and gray scheme to match. Other changes for include a new optional low-profile rear spoiler, three new colors, and a few changes to the Corvette's mechanicals including a new fuel pump and fuel injectors.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Corvette is available as either a coupe or a convertible with a folding hard top. Since the coupe's roof lifts off for open-top motoring anyway, we'd stick with it. We'd instead spend the money to upgrade to the 2LT version which adds a number of features, including a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charging pad, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, a speaker Bose stereo system, blind-spot monitoring, and much more. The Z51 performance package is also a must-have as it brings all of the Corvette's best performance-oriented gear.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Although the engine is in a new location—now behind the passenger compartment instead of in front of it—it remains a liter V-8, albeit one making horsepower and lb-ft of torque. With the dual-mode performance exhaust that is part of the Z51 package, it makes horsepower. The Z51 option also adds an electronic limited-slip rear differential, more aggressive brakes, and summer tires. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic (a Corvette first) is the sole transmission. It is controlled either by a push-button gear selector on the center console or by using two large steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A manual transmission is not available. In our testing, we recorded a zero-tomph time of seconds and the quarter-mile in seconds at mph in a car equipped with the Z51 performance package and the optional FE4 magnetorheological dampers. We managed a braking distance of feet from 70 mph and recorded g's on the skid pad. Even in base form, however, the new Corvette is capable of heroic handling and delivers big thrills on both road and track.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Corvette earns EPA fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. We subjected it to our own mile highway fuel-economy test and recorded 26 mpg, 1 mpg less than expected. The last generation–remember the Corvette with the engine in the front?–managed a 27 mpg result in the same test. For more information about the Corvette's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Corvette remains a pure two-seater, and the futuristic interior is lined in materials such as leather, real metal trim, and imitation suede; it even has a fancy stitched headliner. Speaking of the roof, it's removable on the coupe, just like those of previous Corvettes, and it fits inside the trunk that's just aft of the engine compartment. The rear trunk also can accommodate two golf bags, and a front trunk offers space for luggage or cargo while the roof is stowed. The driver sits behind a squared-off steering wheel and a inch reconfigurable gauge display; a large infotainment touchscreen is angled toward the driver for ease of use. The interior design takes the driver-focused concept to the max, bisecting the cockpit with a tall bank of switches for the car's climate-control system. Overall, the new Vette's cabin is quite good. Upgrading to the 3LT package gets you upgraded materials such as sewn leather on most of its interior surfaces, plus carbon-fiber trim. The new Corvette offers two trunk areas, one ahead of the passenger compartment and one behind the engine, for a total of 13 cubic feet of storage space. Chevrolet says the Corvette can fit two sets of golf clubs in the rear compartment when they are stacked on top of each other. In our testing, we were able to fit our set of clubs easily, so Chevy's claim seems valid. When it came to seeing if there was room for our carry-on-size suitcases, we were able to fit one in the Corvette's front trunk and two in the rear compartment.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The new Corvette uses Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 Plus system, which features an inch touchscreen with Bluetooth audio streaming, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The system is easy to use and quick to respond to commands.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Corvette can be had with a limited number of driver-assistance features, and none are standard on the base model. For more information about the Corvette's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
While its performance is amazing, the Corvette's warranty coverage is strictly average. At least the first maintenance service is covered at no cost.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36, miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60, miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51
mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door targa
PRICE AS TESTED
$88, (base price: $64,)
pushrod valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement cu in, cc
Power hp @ rpm
Torque lb-ft @ rpm
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Suspension (F/R): control arms/control arms
Brakes (F/R): in vented disc/
in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP, F: /35ZR (89Y) TPC Spec R: /30ZR (99Y) TPC Spec
Passenger volume: 51 cu ft
Cargo volume: 13 cu ft
Curb weight: lb
Rollout, 1 ft: sec
Zero to 60 mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: sec
Standing ¼-mile: sec @ mph
Top speed (drag limited, mfr’s claim): mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: ft
Roadholding, ft-dia skidpad: g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
mph highway driving: 26 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 19/16/26 mpg
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