Top of the list: a limited edition Stingray R package.
Those who desperately wanted to buy a new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe or convertible but didn't place an order in time will be glad to know their orders will be rolled over into 2021. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, production for the 2020 Corvette has been cut short as the factory has been idled indefinitely. But it could be a blessing in disguise for those who missed out on the 2020 model.
As we previously reported, the 2021 Corvette is set to receive several upgrades, among them new exterior color options that also include optional dual racing stripes. Two of those new colors will be Red Mist Tincoat and Silver Flare, replacing Long Beach Red and Blade Silver.
A member going by the name of "Ace" over at MidEngine Corvette Forum has created a few renderings showing what the C8 looks like with these new colors and stripe options. The differences aren't huge but they're noticeable.
Other new '21 model year styling additions include two new interior color combos and a new Stinger hood design. Chevy already offers a full-length stripe package for 2020 and for 2021 four new stripe colors will be available: Orange, Red, Blue, and Yellow. As for the new Stinger hood graphic, sources claim it'll be offered in three colors including Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow, Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver, and Carbon Flash/Edge Red.
But perhaps the most exciting 2021 color combo will be the Stingray R graphics (pictured below) directly inspired by the C8.R race car. It's possible these cars will feature the "Stingray R" moniker.
Also, the new interior color combination, dubbed "Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Gray," is very likely specifically for the Stingray R, a package that'll only be available on 3LT models. Chevy could even decide to make the Stingray R a special edition model, but we've yet to receive confirmation.
Other packaging updates for the next model year include the Magnetic Ride Control damping system that'll no longer be exclusive to the Z51 Performance Package. It'll instead become a standalone option. Wireless Apple CarPlay will also come standard on all trim levels.
We'll hopefully get a complete 2021 Corvette breakdown in the coming months but in the meantime, it's clear Chevy isn't anywhere near done with its newly redesigned sports car. Minor color and packaging changes can make all the difference.