2021 Chevrolet Corvette at Jack Carter Chev in Calgary, Alberta
Since its introduction in 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has been the premier vehicle of the Chevrolet lineup; a front engine sports car that thrilled drivers and stole the hearts of those only lucky enough to get a glance at it. With such a stellar legacy behind it, the Corvette could’ve easily coasted along—and still lapped the competition—but then it wouldn’t truly represent the ingenuity and determined spirit of the Chevrolet brand. As such, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray didn’t just accept a few cosmetic changes for its eighth generation, it changed everything. Redesigned from the wheels on up, the now mid-engine 2021 Corvette has taken the same jaw-dropping style and performance it’s been long known for, refining and elevating every legendary aspect. MotorTrend’s 2020 Car of the Year as well as the North American Car of the Year™, not only is the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette a worthy addition to the vehicle’s storied history, but it’s driving it forward in a new and even more thrilling direction. Read on to learn more about the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with Calgary’s premier destination for this automotive icon: Jack Carter Chevrolet Buick GMC.
With smooth and flowing lines that stay true to the design language synonymous with the name Corvette, the new eight generation Corvette has been completely redesigned to all but one part. Even still, the biggest change to the design of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn’t in its appearance, it’s actually found under the hood—or rather, behind the seats, thanks to its new mid-engine. Under the hood where the engine used to reside, Chevrolet has engineered a front cargo area big enough to hold your airline overhead bag, while the trunk can handle up to two golf bags. Inside, the Corvette Stingray offers Mulan leather-wrapped GT1 seats as standard equipment inside the LT1 and LT2 trims, while the LT3 features a Napa leather-wrapped GT2 seat with a seatback halo supported by carbon-fiber trim. Of course, if you plan on spending plenty of time at the track, you’ll want to choose the available Competition Sport seat, featuring high-tech performance textiles in the high-wear areas along with its aggressive bolsters.
The rest of the 2021 Stingray’s interior is just as thoughtfully designed, from the racing-inspired flat-top and -bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, to the vertical, fighter jet-inspired climate control system. This latest ‘vette also offers unparalleled visibility, thanks to the ultra low cowl created by moving the engine to the rear. An aggressive front fascia sits below the sleek LED headlamps that stretch from the front air vents of the grille to deep above the front wheel wells, while the rear ones house a choice of 19- or 20-inch wheels offered in both two unique designs and spoke styles. The 2021 Stingray carries on the Corvette’s convertible tradition, with the first-ever production retractable hardtop; this two-piece composite roof weighing only 77 lb. is powered by six electric motors, and can appear and disappear at speeds of up to 48 km/h at the push of a button.
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has unlocked a new realm of performance, thanks in part to its move to a mid-engine configuration. Beyond creating improved visibility and downward force, it combines with an all-new body structure that’s 10% stiffer than the seventh generation ‘vette for an exceptionally responsive and luxurious-feeling drive. Not only that, but placing the engine in the rear has given the 2021 Stingray more rear weight bias—meaning even more power to the rear wheels of this rear-wheel drive sports car. Let’s talk about the engine for a moment, though: there’s nothing small about the performance of this all-new, small block 6.2L LT2 V8, redesigned to sit lower in the engine bay for smarter weight distribution and better handling. A standard dry-sump scavenge system pulls oil from three different pumps allowing the Corvette to retain quality oil flow where necessary, no matter the g-force you’re experiencing as you confidently whip around corners, while the Continuously Variable Valve Timing allows the Stingray to offer impressively efficient performance while still meeting strict emission standards.
What does it all mean? Well, this all-new V8 delivers 490 horsepower, along with 465 lb-ft of torque—allowing the amazingly lightweight 2021 Corvette Stingray to rocket out of the gates, while its aerodynamic design allows it to hug every corner no matter your speed. The addition of the Z51 Performance Package adds a variety of track-ready features, such as summer performance tires, larger brakes, a front splitter, performance exhaust, and an eLSD (Electronic Limited-Slip Differential) system, as well as bumping your Corvette to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque—as well as a top speed of 312 km/h, and a 0-96 km/h of only 2.9 seconds. Ensuring a smooth drive with all that power isn’t easy, but the 8-speed dual clutch transmission does just that, with the wheel-mounted paddle shifters offering the feel of a manual along with the smooth and precise shifts of an automatic. It might all sound a little complicated, but the experience can be described simply: it’s a Corvette, through and through.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Performance
|Engine||Drivetrain||Transmission||Performance Exhaust/Z51 Package||Horsepower||Torque||Top Speed|
|6.2L V8 DI||Rear Wheel Drive||8-speed dual clutch||No||490 hp||465 lb-ft||312 km/h|
|6.2L V8 DI||Rear Wheel Drive||8-speed dual clutch||Yes||495 hp||470 lb-ft||312 km/h|
Safety & Technology
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray features a number of advanced features that help it deliver a performance both thrilling and safe, like the available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 damping system. Scanning the road every millisecond, this revolutionary suspension fluid contains small metal particles that can combine and become rigid in as little as 10 milliseconds, making the ride smooth and supple when it needs to be and firm enough to provide the tightest handling at high speeds. A simple turn of the Driver Mode Selector dial offers electronic calibration of 12 different performance variables, while the all-new My Mode and Z-Mode features give you even greater personalization capabilities. The 1080p views captured by the available Performance Data Recorder offer highly accurate data measurements concerning acceleration speed, braking, gear choice and more—to help you fine-tune your on-road performance—while also coming equipped with a Valet Mode so you can do everything from monitor any other drivers behind the wheel of your ‘vette to easily parking it in cramped quarters. Helping keep your 2021 Corvette scratch free, the available Front Lift system pushes your front bumper up almost 2 inches at low speeds, in under three seconds, helping you avoid speed bumps and sudden, sharp inclines; and with up to 1,000 GPS locations, your Corvette learns as it goes, so the more you drive it the less you have to worry. Of course, the 2021 Stingray also features Chevy’s latest Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch diagonal colour touch-screen and hands-free access to your smartphone, but we figure you’ll use it more for features like the Performance Data Recorder than staying in touch with friends—since there’s no such thing as FOMO when you’re behind the wheel of a Corvette.
Chevrolet Corvette Model Changes
Sharing just a singular part with the seventh generation, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the completely redesigned eighth generation Stingray is a breath of fresh air—especially when you’ve dropped the 2021 Corvette’s production hardtop convertible. From small details like hiding the door handles and hood release, to the big ones like moving the brand-new LT2 V8 engine to the rear of the vehicle (and including a rear hatch window), the 2021 version is a beyond-impressive addition to the lineage of the Corvette. While the 2021 Corvette is the most radically different version of the sports car to come out in its 67 year history, it shares the common thread of beautiful design and thrilling performance found throughout the years. A true classic, you can learn more about the Corvette throughout the years from the team at Jack Carter Chev; and if you’re lucky, you might even find a vintage version of this stellar nameplate for sale through Carter Classics.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Trims
Chevrolet Corvette 1LTStarting at $67,898
- Bose premium 10-speaker sound system
- Standard 8-way power GT1 seats
- Driver Mode Selector
- All-season performance tires
Chevrolet Corvette 2LTStarting at $77,798
- Includes 1LT features plus
- Front Curb View Camera
- 14-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system
- Heated and vented seats & heated steering wheel
Chevrolet Corvette 3LTStarting at $83,398
- Includes 2LT features plus
- Custom leather-wrapped instrument panel, door trim, and centre console
- Sueded microfibre upper interior trim
- Standard G2 seats in Napa leather