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If you are looking for an affordable American icon with the looks and performance to rival European supercars, then there is only one option - the 2021 Chevy Corvette. This product of Bowling Green, Kentucky, provides you with the sort of speed, power, and handling usually reserved for higher-priced cars from Bavaria, Milan, or Surrey. With the Corvette, you are getting a European-style sports car made in the USA at prices usually associated with family sedans and SUVs. Best of all, the Corvette comes with your choice of hardtop coupe with a removable roof panel or a power-retractable hardtop convertible. This allows you to choose which model best suits your lifestyle, which is what the 2021 Chevy Corvette is all about.
Chevrolet certainly shocked the automotive world when it announced that after over half a century as a front-engine model, the eight-generation Corvette would become a mid-engine sports car. But times changed, and Chevy made a conscious decision to make a mid-engine performance sports car at an affordable price without compromising on any of the details or styling that buyers have always loved about the Corvette. By going with a mid-engine design, Chevy optimized the weight distribution on the Corvette, boosting its overall performance as well as its looks. Car and Driver named the 2021 Chevy Corvette one of the 10 best cars of the year, and we are sure that you will agree when you see everything that it has to offer.
The 2021 Chevy Corvette has a base MSRP of $58,900 for the 1LT Coupe. This is in keeping with Chevy's aim of making the Corvette a vehicle that is both aspirational and affordable so that any American driver who desires a performance sports car can easily work towards buying one. It also has a standard 10-speaker Bose premium audio system on the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. The 8-inch touchscreen makes it easy to access tech features such as Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It also features standard rear park assist and an HD rear vision camera.
The 1LT Coupe already features a removable roof panel making it easy to ride with the wind. However, the 1LT Convertible has an MSRP of $66,400, and adds a power-retractable hardtop that can be operated while driving at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. This means that you won't have to go through the hassle of pulling to the side of the road anytime you want to take down or put up the Stingray's top.
There are two higher trims available, both with coupe and convertible configurations. The 2LT adds a Bose Performance Series 14-speaker audio system that will turn your Stingray into a mobile concert hall. It also has heated and ventilated bucket seats with lumbar and wing adjustments for added comfort. The 2LT includes a color head-up display that will make it easier to see critical information without taking your eyes off the road. A navigation system and a performance data recorder are standard on the 2LT as well.
The top trim on the 2021 Chevy Corvette is the 3LT, which adds a premium interior with sueded-microfiber trim, custom leather-wrapped instrument panel and doors, and Napa leather seats for the ultimate in luxury. It even includes carbon-fiber trim sports seats that wouldn't look out of place in a far more expensive vehicle. Finally, both upper trims come equipped with rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, and an HD front vision camera to improve awareness and safety when cruising on the highway or navigating city streets.
The 2021 Chevy Corvette is all about performance, and that begins with an exceptional 6.2-liter LT2 V8 gas engine. This utilizes variable valve timing and active fuel management to produce 490 horsepower and generate 465 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for the Z51 Performance Package or the performance exhaust, the engine output will be further boosted to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The engine's design utilizes a composite intake manifold of eight equal length runners, 210 millimeters in length. This boosts torque while improving airflow over each cylinder, giving the engine greater efficiency.
Dual exhaust manifolds with performance stainless steel headers running into split volume catalytic converters allow the 2021 Chevy Corvette to comply with the strictest emission standards without sacrificing any performance. Finally, the Corvette's engine uses three scavenge pumps for engine oil as part of its dry-sump scavenge system in order to ensure proper lubrication even when pulling heavy G's while cornering. All of these parts work to provide you with the most efficient and effective engine performance available.
Every 2021 comes equipped with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. This type of transmission combines the control, performance, and engagement of a manual transmission with the smooth-shifting, efficiency, and convenience of an automatic. Chevrolet has equipped the 2021 Corvette with wheel-mounted shift paddles to allow for faster shifting, including a double paddle declutch feature that allows the driver to disengage the clutch entirely by holding down both paddles while driving.
The lightning-fast shifts of the dual-clutch transmission help make the 2021 Chevy Corvette one of the fastest production cars on the market. If you opt for the available Z51 package, you should be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 2.9 seconds. This model also has a top speed of 184 miles per hour, although you will need to visit a track to experience those speeds safely.
While most sports cars are noted for their speed but not their fuel efficiency, the 2021 Chevy Corvette may be the exception that proves the rule. Not only is this car fast, but it actually provides solid fuel economy as well. When driving in the city, you should expect to get around 15 miles per gallon. However, this number jumps once you take the Corvette out onto the highway, with an estimated 27 miles per gallon. For combined driving, you can get up to 19 miles per gallon with your 2021 Chevy Corvette, which makes driving this supercar surprisingly easy on the wallet.
Chevrolet has added a number of exterior color options for the 2021 Corvette. In addition to white, black, red, silver, gray, blue, bronze, yellow, and orange, you can also order your Corvette in either of the new colors, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat or Silver Flare Metallic. In addition, you can customize your Corvette with either full-length dual racing stripes or stinger stripes.
The full-length dual racing stripes run from the nose of the Corvette all the way to the tail and give it a really dynamic look. You can choose from blue, orange, red, yellow, silver, Carbon Flash, and Midnight Gray. The stinger stripes are a pair of colored lines running from the front of the hood to the front windshield. They come in either Carbon Flash with edge red, Carbon Flash with edge yellow, or Carbon Flash with Midnight Silver. Either of these options will give a sleek new look to the already stunning design of the 2021 Corvette.
Chevrolet has added Sky Cool Gray and Strike Yellow to the already dizzying array of interior colors available on the 2021 Chevy Corvette. As a result, you won't need to do too much to personalize your Corvette. Just decide on the exterior color, determine whether you would like to add dual racing stripes or stinger stripes, and then choose the color for those accessories. Next, take a good look at the interior and determine which interior color option carries over the design from the exterior. Yes, it does sound easier than it probably is, but then the 2021 Chevy Corvette is all about putting you in the driver's seat, right?
Speaking of the driver's seat, the 2021 Corvette features a choice of three incredible seats that add to the performance and comfort of this sports car. The GT1 comes standard on the 1LT and 2LT trims and features genuine Mulan leather. This seat is designed to emphasize comfort and support. The GT2 is standard on the 3LT trim and is available as an extra on the 2LT. It comes wrapped in genuine Napa leather with carbon-fiber trim and a seatback halo. Finally, the Competition Sport is available as an extra option. This one is designed for serious track driving as it adds aggressive side bolsters. Whichever you choose, you are sure to feel safe, comfortable and in command of your Corvette.
While the 2021 Chevy Corvette only has room for two passengers, there is plenty of space in the cockpit for you and your favorite person. There is a full 37.9 inches of headroom, 42.8 inches of legroom, 54.4 inches of shoulder room, and 52 inches of hip room in the front row. And while the mid-engine design of the Corvette means that it does not have a traditional trunk, there are 12.6 cubic feet in the "frunk," located in front of the cabin.