Typically, with the second year of a new-generation of Corvette comes an increase in base price to make up for the lost money when debuting the car with a shockingly low sticker price. That’s not the case for the 2021 Corvette Stingray, however. For the second model year of the C8 Corvette, MotorTrend reports the sports car will keep the same $59,995 and $67,495 base prices for the coupe and convertible, respectively. This news comes directly from the magazine’s interview with Tadge Juechter himself, the Corvette Chief Engineer for the C7 and C8 and the fifth chief engineer in the history of the vehicle’s lineage.
This is very good news to people missing out on a 2020 model due to the 20% cut in allocations before Coronavirus even hit to mess things up further. We previously expected the 2021 model to start above $60,000, and the C7 Corvette inflated by about $5,000 from first to second production year.
But not so for the 2021 Corvette Stingray. In the interview, Juechter even admitted the second year price hike has been a historical intention, but they’ve decided against given the year 2020 has already been. It surely helps higher trim levels are selling better than the lower trims, with 3LT the most popular 2020 Corvette trim. The 2022 model could still go up, but there’s no need to get that far ahead of ourselves.
2021 will also see some additions to the C8 Corvette when production swaps to the next model year in late October. A “Stingray R” appearance package is expected, as well as a full range of new stripes. Long Beach Red and Blade Silver will disappear to make way for Red Mist Tintcoat and Silver Flare. Three new interior colors are also set to join the range. Magnetic Ride Control will become a standalone option, too. Currently, you can only get the damper system with the Z51 Performance Package.
Unfortunately, it’s still unclear if the recently canceled high wing spoiler will return for 2021. We previously reported an exposed carbon version was coming for 2021, but the standard wing’s cancelation could change that. Plus, the exposed carbon fiber aero package isn’t coming back for 2021. Only the carbon side skirts and side air intakes will cure your carbon cravings, each as a standalone option. But even if some options are missing, you can’t complain with the base price staying the same.