A new era for General Motors’ long-running sole sports car began in the arrival of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette. The move from a front- to mid-engine platform, incredible acceleration, and lucrative cost-to-thrills ratio make for most exciting ‘Vette ever made, and the latest iteration is arguably the best supercar America has ever produced when value is considered. After all, there’s a reason that the fastest and most powerful entry-level Corvette ever earned Motor Trend’s 2020 Car of the Year award in its debut form.
The Corvette Stingray’s specs remain similarly impressive to last year. The stock direct-injected 6.2-liter V8 sends 490 horsepower to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, enough juice to rocket the coupe to 60 mph in three seconds flat on the way top 194 mph.
A Z51 performance package including performance brakes, exhaust and tires, a more aggressive gearing, FE3 suspension, and a heftier cooling system adds 5 extra horses, turning the Corvette in to a sub-three second car while sacrificing a marginal amount of top end.
A key change for 2021 is the offering of body roll-mitigating Magnetic Ride Control suspension on all vehicles, a must-have feature for any track day warrior. The aggressive, almost Ferrari-like proportions brought about by the power plant’s placement between the axles are retained, but fresh looks are delivered with available exterior paint options including metallic red and silver base coats, a full length dual-racing stripe package in blue, orange red and yellow, and painted brake calipers in black, bright or “Edge” red, and yellow.
Drivers can still select between six modes Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, and two custom settings—MyMode for everyday driving and Z Mode for performance. Standard creature comforts include Wireless Apple CarPlay/Wireless Android Auto, Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 Plus system with an 8-inch diagonal HD color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo and HD Radio Bluetooth audio streaming for two active devices.
Some might prefer the Ford Mustang’s storied style, or the Chevy Camaro’s muscle-bound posture. But if you’re looking to maximize the performance and amenities in return for hard-earned dollars, the 2021 Corvette Stingray is the American car to cop.