There will be zero complaints. Trust us.
The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a brilliant high-performance sports car that just so happened to launch during difficult times.
First, it suffered production delays due to the weeks-long UAW strike. Once that ended and the already delayed production finally got underway, the coronavirus pandemic struck, forcing the Bowling Green, Kentucky factory, like all automaker facilities, to temporarily shut down. As a result, the 2020 model year has been shortened and some hopeful buyers will probably have to wait until the 2021s launch. And fortunately, they won't have to shell out more money.
According to Motor Trend, there will not be a price increase for the 2021 C8 Corvette, meaning the base price will remain the same at $59,995. The same goes for the C8 convertible, which will continue to start at $67,495.
And there's more good news to confirm: buyers next year will not have to spend extra for the Z51 Performance Package in order to get the excellent Magnetic Ride Control suspension technology as it will be a standalone option - even on the base model.
Speaking of the C8 base model, we previously reported that they're nearly impossible to find, which doesn't come as much of a surprise. Although it's great to know the 2021 C8 coupe's starting price will remain unchanged, very few buyers are actually opting for the bare bones model despite being nicely equipped. Numerous reports have also come out claiming it's already too late to place an order for a 2020 C8, but there's zero reason to be concerned. Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter confirmed to MT that the '21 C8 order books will open in late July.
"We initially said we would start taking 2021 Corvette orders at the end of this month but, again, due to the plant being down for two months, we're adjusting that timing to late July," he said.
Ironically, we can thank the pandemic for keeping the C8's new model year price unchanged. You see, GM sources have said the C8 is actually priced about $20,000 too low given its high level of technical sophistication. The original plan was to gradually increase the price tag in order to recoup costs, especially since the automaker was losing money on low-trim models.
That plan is now on hold and because 2021 prices are unchanged, the C8 Corvette will essentially have a two model-year launch period. This way, those who couldn't afford to spend much more than the base price won't be left out.