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The MSRP Stays Flat, But Chevrolet Is Charging More For Popular Content

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Customers may have been relieved to hear that the 2021 Corvette Stingray MSRP would remain $59,995 including destination – the same as the inaugural 2020 C8 Corvette, and $67,495 for the 2021 Stingray Convertible. However, more details have begun to surface, and it looks like Chevrolet will be charging a little extra for some popular options. As seen on CorvetteBlogger, some options increase by nearly $1,000.

Below are the various RPO codes, packages and pricing for the 2021 model year. 2020 pricing is in parenthesis:

Z51 – Z51 Performance Package $5,995 ($5,000)
E60 – Front Lift $1,995 ($1,495)
5DF – Black Trident Spoke Wheels $2,895 ($2,695)
5JR – Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers $1,245 ($1,145)
RCC – Engine Cover in Red $525 ($495)
RCD – Engine Cover in Sterling Silver $595 ($495)
RIA – All weather Floor Liners $205 ($195)
CAV – Contoured Cargo Area Liners $145 ($135)

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Image Courtesy of GM.

As the Corvette team disclosed during the first-ever Virtual NCM Bash in late May, the Z51 Performance Package was ordered by 74% of buyers, while the GPS-based Front Lift option that raises the nose of the car to avoid scraping accounted for 58% of all C8 Corvette coupes and convertibles sold at the time. These indicators could simply point to the price increase being the outcome of basic supply and demand. Unfortunately, such demand seemed to have overwhelmed the supply base for hugely sought after options. If you recall, Chevrolet had to completely discontinue the odd-looking High Wing Spoiler option, while the Carbon Fiber Aerodynamics Package barely even saw the light of day. The aftermarket has been able to fill this space when it comes to cosmetic add-ons, but any major attempts to tune the car have so-far been rendered unfit for sale.

For reference, the pricing of the 2021 Corvette lineup is listed below:

$58,900 – 1LT Coupe
$66,200 – 2LT Coupe
$70,850 – 3LT Coupe
$66,400 – 1LT Convertible
$73,200 – 2LT Convertible
$77,850 – 3LT Convertible

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Image via GM.

The 2021 Corvette Stingray sees a couple of new options, as well. Most notably is the ability to order the FE2 magnetic ride suspension system without the need to order a Z51 package. In the paint department, Red Mist Tintcoat replaces Long Beach Red, and Silver Flare is a no-cost color option. See more details below:

GPH – Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat $995
FE2 – Magnetic Ride Control w/o Z51 $1,895
DSY – Orange Full Length Racing Stripes $995
DSZ – Red Full Length Racing Stripes $995
DTO – Yellow Full Length Racing Stripes $995
DUH – Blue Full Length Racing Stripes $995
DZU – Carbon Flash/Edge Yellow Stinger Graphic $500
DZV – Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver Stinger Graphic $500
DZX – Carbon Flash/Edge Red Stinger Graphic $500
SFE – Wheel Locks $95
SQU – High Security Silver Painted Wheel Locks $105
W2D – Cargo Net Set $110
WKR – C8R Indoor Car Cover $1,195
PDY – Roadside Safety Package $175

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