Not a bad way to turn things around, GM.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a remarkably tuneable machine, but it has been fraught with issues. Transmissions have failed after less than 50 miles, and hoods have flown open while owners have been driving the car. The new owner of the 2021 Corvette you see below is someone who experienced the reliability issues of the C8 firsthand but to an even more severe degree.
With only 500 miles on the clock, Brian M. Bowling was getting on a freeway when his car started to leak oil before it caught fire. As you can imagine, he was not impressed. To make up for it, GM has given him the very first 2021 production Vette to come off the line.
Besides being the first 2021 model off the line, Bowling's C8 is equipped with the Z51 package. It's finished in a vibrant shade called Torch Red (an ironic choice, considering what happened to his last Corvette) and features carbon flash racing stripes and has marks on the fenders. Making it even more special was its site of delivery, with Bowling collecting his new Vette from the National Corvette Museum earlier this week (presumably following a tour of the facility) after it rolled off the production line a couple of weeks back. In case you're wondering, this one bears serial number M5100001.
It's not often that manufacturers go out of their way to keep customers happy following an unfortunate experience with their new purchase, but we wouldn't be surprised if this act by GM were to cause some resentment among C8 owners who have had mechanical issues of their own and have not been compensated in a similar fashion. Still, you can't please everyone, and we're pretty sure that the press that GM receives as a result of this gesture will make a positive impact on how the brand is perceived. And with more and more aftermarket accessories being offered, we're sure that the C8 will remain popular for years to come.