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Missed Out On The 2020? Don’t Even Worry About It

2021 Corvette Stingray R
Photo credit: ACE

So. You couldn’t get your hands on the 2020 Corvette Stingray before the coronavirus pandemic shut production and deliveries down and GM bumped orders to the 2021 model year. You might not be able to show off to your friends like you may have originally planned, but you shouldn’t fret. The 2021 Corvette Stingray is going to be a much more complete package. Even if it gets a slight price increase.

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The carbon fiber ground effects kit is still a no-show for ’21.

At the same time, the abruptly canceled 5VM visible carbon fiber ground effects kit (pictured with the car above) is still not expected to be ready for the 2021 C8 Corvette Stingray. Nor will there be a 2021 Corvette Z06. Expect that fire-breather, which will debut the flat-plane naturally aspirated DOHC LT6 V8 under the hood, to arrive for the 2022 model year. But instead of a C8 Z06 next year, Chevrolet will offer up a 2021 Corvette Stingray R package, which is believed to feature cosmetic upgrades primarily.

In the past, Chevrolet offered something similar with C7 Corvette, in a package called the “C7.R Edition” starting with the 2016 Corvette Z06. Only 500 were made, and included the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes, as well as a specially serialized vehicle identification number. It was only available in Black or Corvette Racing Yellow, and otherwise just featured Corvette Racing logos and visible carbon fiber accents. The 2021 Corvette Stingray R may play on a similar theme; dressing up the street car to make it look more like the C8.R that races in IMSA and select WEC races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, all major motorsports events have been suspended until the COVID-19 pandemic diminishes.

C8 Corvette Stingray Convertible Design

The 2021 Corvette Stingray Order Guide was originally posted by Aaron Adams of Sims Chevrolet, and has since made rounds all over the internet. Additionally, MidEngineCorvetteForum user by the name of Ace rendered what they think the new colors and packages will look like before they’re officially revealed. The gallery is provided at the bottom of the post.

Here are some new features to look forward to with the 2021 Corvette Stingray:


Out: Long Beach Red ($995), Blade Silver ($0)

In: Red Mist Tintcoat (RPO code: GPH), Silver Flare (RPO code: GSJ)

Visible Carbon Fiber High Wing

Visible Carbon Fiber Door Intake

The 2021 Corvette Stingray will also see several new racing stripe colors, divided between seven full-length stripes and four Stinger graphics. They are:

Full Length Racing Stripe – Orange
Full Length Racing Stripe – Red
Full Length Racing Stripe – Yellow
Full Length Racing Stripe – Carbon Flash
Full Length Racing Stripe – Sterling Silver
Full Length Racing Stripe – Blue
Full Length Racing Stripe – Midnight
Stinger (Center Hood)
Stinger Stripe – Carbon Flash / Edge Yellow
Stinger Stripe – Carbon Flash / Midnight Silver
Stinger Stripe – Carbon Flash / Edge Red

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Three new interior color combos will be available for the 2021 Corvette Stingray 3LT. They are: Suede Strike, Yellow with Sky Cool Gray, Jet Black leather with Sky Cool Gray accents. Additionally, wireless Apple CarPlay that will be standard on all 2021 Corvette trim levels. Optionally, so are Weathertech floor mats with the Jake skull, which is the Corvette Racing logo.


FE2 Magnetic Selective Ride Control is a standalone option. The Z51 performance package is no longer required.

2021 Corvette Stingray RPO Codes
Credit: Aaron Adams

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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