Chevrolet is ending 2020 on a high.
With plant closures caused by United Auto Workers Union strikes and the global pandemic, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hasn't had the smoothest of launches. Consequently, some customers who ordered a 2020 model had to wait for the 2021 model to arrive. Thankfully, things are back on track now. Production of the 2020 Corvette was extended to enable GM to hit its original 20,000 unit target.
The 2021 model also started production one month earlier than expected. And according to Corvette Blogger, the first examples are already arriving in showrooms, so some owners can enjoy their 2021 Corvette this year as an early Christmas present from Chevrolet.
Rick Conti from Chevrolet's Ohio dealership confirmed he has already received delivery of two 2021 Corvette Convertibles finished in Torch Red with VIN numbers #85 and #437. Normally, the GM's Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the Corvette is built is shut down for the holidays this week, but both shifts will run right up to December 23.
This should allow Chevrolet to build around 500-600 extra 2021 Corvettes before the end of the year. After taking a break for the holidays, production of the 2021 Corvette will resume on January 4. Changes for the 2021 model are relatively minor.
Two new colors are available (Red Mist and Silver Flare Metallic), as well as new stripe packages and a new interior theme combining Sky Cool Gray with Yellow Strike. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now offered as standard and the magnetic ride control suspension included with the Z51 Performance Package is now available as a standalone option.
Like the 2020 model, the 2021 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 sending 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Best of all, the 2021 model isn't getting a price increase, so it still starts at $59,995 including the destination fee.