The 2021 Corvette is set to build on the excellent performance and look of the 2020 Corvette. This 2021 Corvette will be the second model year of the C8 generation of Corvettes. Much like the 2020 model, this newest model is very customizable, helping buyers find something fitting their style and budget.
As you look to purchase the latest Corvette, learn about all of the primary customization options, such as those for the exterior, interior and engine. Learning more about your 2021 Corvette options can help you invest in a car matching your exact preferences and give you the most enjoyable experience while out on the road.
2021 Corvette Exterior Options
The new Corvette comes with a couple of new colors and gets rid of a couple of older ones from the 2020 Corvette. Blade Silver Metallic, which has been available since 2009, and Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat are the two colors left in the past. For those who love silver and red, however, you don’t need to worry. The new Corvette colors draw from the predecessor, adding the Silver Flare Metallic and Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat to the color options.
As of now, the returning 2021 Corvette color options include Zeus Bronze Metallic, Rapid Blue and Accelerate Yellow, which were all first offered for the 2020 Corvette. Other colors you can select from are the following:
- Torch Red
- Shadowy Gray Metallic
- Sebring Orange Tintcoat
- Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic
- Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic
- Arctic White
The majority of these exterior colors do not have an extra cost. However, Red Mist and Sebring Orange will add $995 to your cost. For Accelerate Yellow or Rapid Blue, you’ll pay an additional $500.
Full-Length Dual Racing Stripe Package
For those who want a more exciting, racecar-like appearance for their Corvette, the full-length dual racing stripe package is perfect for you. This stripe package was available for the 2020 Corvette, with Carbon Flash Metallic, Sterling Silver and Midnight Gray colors carrying over from that model. New colors include Yellow, Red, Blue and Orange.
The 2021 Corvette also has a Stinger Stripe option buyers can purchase in three colors. This option is available in Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver, Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow or Carbon Flash/Edge Red. The Racing Stripes cost $995, while the Stinger Stripes go for $500.
2021 Corvette Interior Options
One of the newest exciting interior options for the 2021 Corvette includes the Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Gray color combination. This mixture of light and dark elements to the interior gives its cabin a distinctive look.
With this color combination, the center console, seat headrests and the dash are all covered in black. The seat inserts and part of the dash are outfitted with Sky Cool Gray. Finally, the Corvette’s seat accent stitching, top center markers on the steering wheel, seat belts and seat side bolster accents are all Strike Yellow.
The previous model year’s interior color schemes are all returning as well, which include:
- Two-Tone Blue
- Sky Cool Gray
- Natural Dipped
- Jet Black
- Adrenaline Red
- Morello Red
Two-Tone Blue, Natural Dipped and Morello Red are only available for the 3LT trim option since part of the center console matches the color scheme instead of being black. Every interior color option is available at no extra cost.
In addition to the main interior colors, you can also select specialty leather stitching with the Black option. A Yellow option adds yellow stitching to the instrument panel, console, doors and seats. The Adrenaline Red option adds red stitching to the aforementioned areas of the car as well.
Finally, there are four 2021 Corvette custom interior options as well. Buyers can select from the Sky Cool Gray or Adrenaline Red interiors with Black seats or the Jet Black interior with Gray or Red seats.
Bucket Seat Options
Along with the new and returning C8 Corvette interior colors, there are a few bucket seat options available for buyers. You can select from GT1 bucket seats, GT2 bucket seats and Competition Sport bucket seats. Learn more about what these seats offer and their pricing:
- GT1 bucket seats: GT1 bucket seats are the standard option for the 1LT and 2LT Corvettes. These seats feature perforated inserts and Mulan leather seating surfaces. Since GT1 seats come standard, they don’t cost extra.
- GT2 bucket seats: GT2 bucket seats come with Napa leather seating surfaces featuring perforated suede microfiber inserts or perforated inserts. The seats are available in two-tone colors. They are standard on the 3LT trim level and optional for 2LT, priced at $1,495.
- Competition Sport bucket seats: If you want the highest quality bucket seats for the 2021 Corvette, the Competition Sport seats are the go-to choice. They’re made out of performance textiles, while also featuring Napa leather surfaces with perforated inserts and perforated suede microfiber inserts. The 1LT’s Competition Sport bucket seats are the most expensive, coming in at $1,995. For the 3LT, the Competition Sport bucket seats cost $500.
You can also pair these seats with a custom-colored seat belt. Buyers have the choice of selecting from Black, Red, Yellow, Natural, Blue and Orange for their seat belt. Black has no additional cost. However the rest of the colors come with a $395 upcharge. Additionally, ventilated and heated seats are available.
Other Interior Options
There are a few other interior options 2021 Corvette owners can have included in their car, such as heated steering wheels. Drivers who love suede interiors can purchase the Sueded Microfiber-Wrapped Interior Package. In this package, buyers receive color-keyed suede microfiber on the A-pillar trim, visor, headliner and trim above the rear window and windshield.
The sound system in the Corvette is also impressive, with a 14-speaker audio system from the Bose Performance Series. The interior also gets an advanced head-up display, which shows all of the following:
- Vehicle speed
- Turn signals
- Shift lights
- Turn-by-turn navigation
- Speed limit
- Shift lights
- Lap times
- Engine revolutions per minute (rpm)
- Gear and vehicle speeds
It also has readouts for the Track, Sport and Tour modes.
2021 Corvette Engine Options
Corvette engine options stay largely the same from the previous model. Corvette owners still receive the 6.2-liter V8. The base engine features 490 horsepower and 465 pounds per foot of torque. If you opt for the Z51 Performance Package, you get a slight increase in horsepower and torque with 495 horsepower and 470 pounds per foot of torque. The stats for both packages are the same as what was offered for the 2020 Corvette.
When the car is equipped with the performance package, it goes from zero-to-60-mph in just 2.9 seconds. Without the package, it still makes 60 mph in only three seconds. The quarter-mile acceleration is also impressive, with the standard package getting to a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 121 mph, while the performance package makes the same distance in the same amount of time but at 123 mph.
As for the transmission, there still isn’t a manual option offered for the car. Instead, all 2021 Corvettes come with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Drivers control this transmission via a push-button gear selector placed on the car’s center console or by using the two shift paddles installed on the steering wheel.
Like the fuel economy of the 2020 Corvette, the 2021 Corvette gets fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg for the city, 27 mpg for the highway and 19 mpg combined.
2021 Corvette Wheel Options
Buyers can choose from a few different wheel options. All wheel options offer 19-inch by 8.5-inch front wheels and 20-inch by 11-inch rear wheels. You can purchase five-open-spoke wheels in Carbon Flash Metallic-painted aluminum with machined edges or Bright Silver-painted aluminum. Bright Silver comes standard, while Carbon Flash costs $995 to purchase.
Those who want the five-trident-spoke machined-face aluminum wheels can get them painted in Spectra Gray or Sterling Silver. Both of these options are $1,495. If you want the five-spoke trident wheel painted in black, it’ll cost you $2,895, up from the previous price of $2,695 from the last model year. The five-open-spoke Performance Pewter-painted aluminum wheels are available as well, with the price of $2,695, same as for the 2020 model.
2021 Corvette Pricing Options
Corvette keeps the cost incredibly affordable for a sports car, with three different baseline pricing options depending on the trim. The 1LT is priced at $59,995, the 2LT at $67,295, and the 3LT at $71,945. You also have the choice between a coupe and a convertible option. The convertible option costs extra, as the base model starts at $66,400 for the 1LT. A 2LT convertible costs $68,000, and the 3LT convertible is priced at $11,450 more than the base model.
How Do the Trim Levels Compare?
New to all trims is the implementation of wireless CarPlay support. This new feature allows drivers to connect their iPhone wirelessly and control it using the car’s interface. Wireless charging is still not available as standard for the 1LT trim.
Here are how the different trim levels compare:
- 1LT: The 1LT trim level comes with many great features, such as GT1 seats, touchscreen with infotainment software and dual-zone automatic climate control. It also offers push-button start, keyless entry, a digital gauge cluster and a power-adjustable steering wheel.
- 2LT: In addition to the standard features provided in the 1LT, the 2LT comes with a front parking system, Rear Cross-Traffic warning, an advanced Blind-Spot Monitor, temperature-controlled seats and a wireless charging system. It also comes with a rearview camera, power-folding side mirrors, a heated steering wheel and a color Heads-Up Display.
- 3LT: The 3LT trim level is a luxury package. It gives you the most color options, as well as upgraded interior materials. For example, most of the interior surfaces feature sewn leather and carbon-fiber trim.
How Does the 2021 Corvette Compare to the 2020 Corvette?
There aren’t very many major changes between the 2020 Corvette and the 2021 Corvette. However, some of the updates make the new model an attractive option for those looking to buy a C8 Corvette. With the prices staying the same and the addition of new features, there’s almost no reason why buyers would want to purchase the 2020 Corvette model instead of the 2021 Corvette model.
Below you can find some of the primary changes between the two models:
Magnetic Selective Ride Control Suspension
One of the big differences between the 2020 Corvette and the 2021 Corvette is that drivers can purchase the Magnetic Selective Ride Control Suspension without having to also pay for the Z51 Performance Package. In 2020, the buyer had to purchase the Z51 to harness this suspension system. Now, the suspension system stands alone, with buyers able to pay $1,895 for the Magnetic Selective Ride Control system without investing in the whole Z51 Performance Package.
This Magnetic Selective Ride Control system uses a magnetorheological fluid. The magnetic field in this system changes the viscosity of the fluid to alter the suspension, making it go from soft to firm or vice versa, depending on what the Corvette needs. This suspension technology will also adapt and adjust the car’s shock absorbers in real time to provide optimal shock damping. Essentially, the system allows you to change the feel of your car from a back-roader to a comfortable cruiser depending on the terrain.
Roadside Safety Package
Another new option for the 2021 Corvette is the Roadside Safety Package, which is available for all trim levels. This package comes with a Highway Safety Kit and a First Aid Kit.
Excellent Customizability Returns
Like the 2020 Corvette, the 2021 Corvette offers excellent pricing and plenty of optional features. With all of the different colors, trim levels, performance features and tech to chose, it’s one of the most customization-friendly sports cars on the market today. Its baseline price of just under $60,000 also makes it a great choice for sports car buyers trying to stick to a budget.
The many choices also make it possible for drivers to satisfy most of their preferences, whether related to the aesthetics of the car or its performance. One of the only areas where it lacks customizations is the continued offering of only an automatic transmission, which may be disappointing for drivers who prefer their sports cars to have a manual transmission.
Other 2021 Additions
Some other minor additions to the 2021 Corvette include the ability to purchase ultra-high security silver-painted wheel locks and select a premium indoor car cover. Both of these additions are classified as Genuine Corvette Accessories. Buyers can also invest in contoured cargo area liners featuring the Jake logo. Additionally, new all-weather floor liners are available featuring the same Jake logo.
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