The eighth-gen Corvette is a car that combines exotic car looks, great performance and extremely good price for value.
The 2021 model year Stingray Coupe starts at $59,995, and the Convertible, which is the one put to the test in the video that follows, carries a $7,500 premium.
Sure, coming by a base ‘Vette C8 on dealer lots is close to impossible, but if you do, then expect to get features such as the smart key access, 8-inch infotainment system, limited-slip differential and different driving modes.
Upper specs get the GT2 bucket seats with heating and ventilation, Bose premium audio, front camera, nose-lift kit and adaptive suspension. For the ultimate experience, you should check out the Z51 package, which adds an electronic limited-slip differential, performance exhaust system, upgraded brakes and suspension, improved engine cooling and sticky tires from Michelin.
The 6.2-liter V8, which now sits in the middle and drives the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, pumps out 490 HP and 465 pound-feet (630 Nm) of torque as standard, or 5 HP and 5 lb-ft (7 Nm) more with the optional performance exhaust. In the most agile form, it takes under 3 seconds to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) and has a 184 mph (296 km/h) top speed.
Now, everyone knows that the Coupe is an awesome machine, but what about the Convertible? Actually, it’s just as good, but let’s see what KBB had to say about it after jumping behind the wheel.