2021 Chevrolet Corvette Release Date

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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Release Date

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Release Date – The mid-engine 2021 Chevrolet Corvette will be a thing can just drop it already, as it’s been confirmed by multiple spy shots. With the Camaro encroaching on its big brother’s performance territory, GM has decided to up the ante on the Corvette and make it more exotic than ever in the next generation — if only The General had thought of this before giving the Buick Grand National the ax.

In terms of appearance, we have very little subject matter to examine, but the limited number of telephoto-lens spy shots circulating indicate the Corvette will take on a Ford GT-rivaling appearance. This will include a short front hood and overhang, large rear end with chunky shoulders, and a set of buttresses on the backside. Reports also indicate Chevy will add a viewing window between the buttresses to give onlookers a glimpse at its mid-mounted powerplant.

Little is known about the C8 Corvette’s interior, but we can make a few educated guesses. Based on its move upmarket into a more exotic class, we expect the 2021 Corvette to boast a high-end cabin built for performance. We anticipate aggressive seat bolsters, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, hard angles everywhere, and more.

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Prototypes for what’s almost certain to be a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette have been spotted, and the latest testers are wearing the least camouflage gear we’ve seen yet. In fact, most of the new car’s final details can be seen. The prototypes are thought to be a next-generation C8 Corvette due out early next year as a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette model, specifically a base variant. The C8 was originally expected for 2021 but then Chevy went and launched the C7 ZR1.

2021 chevrolet corvette release date

Even so, that’s still a relatively short lifespan for the C7 Corvette which first arrived for 2014. The reason for the quick changeover is because General Motors had started work on a mid-engine design for the C7 but ended up scrapping the plans in the tumult of the 2009 bankruptcy, with the C7 we ended up with being somewhat of a placeholder.

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Looking at the new shots and video of prototypes, we see can see that the C8 will be similar in size to the C7 but with a lower, wider stance. It won’t get vertical-lifting doors of many exotics, though it looks like there will be a short front overhang. Flanking the engine bay looks to be a pair of chunky buttresses and we’re told designers will add a sheet of glass in the center to show off the engine (it’s concealed here). One of the biggest challenges is thought to be heat management. We can also see a rear-facing camera that will feed images to a digital rearview mirror and what also looks to be dual-caliper brakes at the rear.

The new Corvette won’t be a pricey limited edition supercar like the modern Ford GT, though. We hear the basis for the car’s mid-engine platform will be the C7’s aluminum spaceframe structure rather than a completely new design. As for powertrains, the base model shown here should come with the C7 Corvette Stingray’s 6.2-liter V-8 delivering about 500 horsepower. Later, a 5.5-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crank and DOHC design is expected to be dropped in, complete with about 600 hp. Then, a twin-turbocharging option for this engine could surface, seeing output rise to 800 hp.

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Outside

There’s also a bit of mid-engine Corvette history. Corvette father Zora Arkus-Duntov was a huge fan of the layout, especially for motorsports. He helped GM build a number of mid-engine concepts for testing purposes, the original being the first CERV (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) concept rolled out in 1960. Don’t be surprised if a Corvette ZR1 successor is named after him, since we know GM has a trademark for Zora.

 

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Going mid-engine won’t be the only major change for the C8: another will be price. While the base C7 starts close to $60k, the new price of entry is thought to be rising to approximately $80k. The higher price can be justified by the more exotic layout, plus it provides a nice buffer with the Camaro. The change will also help the C8 become a semi-exotic halo model for Chevrolet worldwide, similar to what the GT-R is for Nissan and the NSX is to Acura and Honda. It will also make the C8 a better performer on the racetrack.

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Production will take place at the Corvette’s home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. GM has spent over $700 million in upgrades to the plant in preparation for the new car and closed public tours until January 2019. We can’t have any members of the public getting an early look after all. Unfortunately, the news of the mid-engine Corvette means the C7 will likely be the nameplate’s last with a front-mounted engine. GM may have introduced the ZR1 to send the older format off with a bang.

Inside

Up until now, the Corvette has been a front-engine sports car. This means, as you might expect, that the engine is in the front of the car. Power is sent to the rear wheels through the transmission using a driveshaft.

For 2021, however, Chevrolet will be employing something completely new on the Corvette. The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette will have the engine located between the cab and the rear wheels. Used by the aforementioned European manufacturers, this construction type allows the weight to sit on the drive wheels, providing better handling and speed as well as eliminating the need for gigantic rear-wing spoilers.

Although this will the Corvette’s first venture as a mid-engine sports car, famed Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov had unsuccessfully rallied for a mid-engine model back in the 1960s. Additionally, industry experts speculate that the 1980s’ C4 model was almost built as a mid-engine, but retained its current front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout by the time it hit production.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Specs, Release Date and Price

Engine Specs

We expect the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8 to debut with the pushrod LT1 engine that can currently be found in the 2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. We expect the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette base configuration to push 500 horsepower and about that for torque.

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2021 chevrolet corvette release date and price

Rumors seem to suggest that Chevrolet will be working on a transaxle (transmission, differential and axle) unit with DCG shifting for maximum speed and launch power. We’ll have to wait and see.

We think the C8 will launch without a supercharged variant, as Chevrolet will undoubtedly sell the ZR1 alongside the new mid-engine model. 2021 or 2022, however, could see a supercar C8 that goes above and beyond even the ludicrous horsepower of the Corvette ZR1.

Release Date and Price

Though this will be a mid-engine rig, we expect the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette to ride atop the same aluminum spaceframe platform as the current Corvette. We also expect the base 6.2-liter V8 engine to remain the standard powerplant, albeit with a mild power upgrade. Optionally, we expect a twin-turbo LT7 V8 and maybe even a hybrid variant to give models like the BMW i8 and Acura NSX a run.

An exact release date for the 2021 Chevy Corvette remains unknown, but we do expect to see it sometime. We should learn more in the next year or so, so stay tuned. As for pricing, we expect the 2021 Corvette to move upmarket from its current starting price of $58,315 (destination fees included). At the top end, we also expect this range to extend much higher than the current $127,820 (destination fees included) price of the ZR1.

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