What everyone needs to know about the 2021 C8 Corvette
Here's everything we know about 2021 and beyond
The Corvette is, by a wide margin, the greatest American sports car ever made. You can argue that others have been faster, rarer, or better, but none of that actually matters. The Corvette is an American institution and THE benchmark for American sportscar performance.
It originated as a front engine, rear wheel drive car and kept that layout until 2020 when the C8 was released. But what do we know about the upcoming models?
2021 cars will get Apple Car Play & Android Auto, some new options for the digital gauges, a new transmission feature that won’t let the car shift out of park until the driver puts their seatbelt on, and optional magnetorheological dampers on any model which was previously only an option with the Z51 package. You can also get new racing stripes and a gray-and-yellow interior color scheme is also available.
But now on to the good stuff because this is the real reason I’m making this video. The 2021 and beyond C8 Corvette is going to get some special treatment in the form of the tried and true performance models. These of course being the Z06, Grand Sport, ZR1, and maybe even a ZORA model as well.
I won’t go into all of these individually, because there’s a LOT to unpack via a leaked document from April of last year. But here’s what we know so far. The Z06 will likely be a 2022 model and have an all new 5.5 liter, flat-plane-crank V8 similar to the engines that just won the 24-hours of Daytona. This engine for the road car will likely make anywhere between 600-625 horsepower, but bank on it being more towards the 625 number, with just shy of 500 foot pounds of torque. Unlike the C7 Z06 which needed a supercharger, the C8 Z06 will be naturally aspirated. Chevy is saving the boosted goodies for some other specials. The Z06 will be the most track focused so expect a ton of downforce via aerodynamic add ons and a big old wing out the back. And speaking of those other models, we’ll also likely get a Grand Sport, a ZR1, and a Zora model as well.
The GS will probably do the same thing the C7 did with having the normal C8’s 6.2 liter V8 maybe with a marginal 10-20hp bump, but all of the Z06’s aero goodies. Expect this out in 2023. The ZR1, likely out in 2024, will probably get everything the Z06 gets, but expect Chevy to boost it in some way. The most likely choice is a supercharger just like all other ZR1s and that should push the power past the 800 ponies region. Finally, the ZORA will probably get a twin-turbo package or hybrid powertrain that should push it past 1000hp making it a bonkers hypercar to compete with the world’s most elite cars. And actually, there may be one more that Chevy has up its sleeves. That being the E-ray hybrid or and all out electric Corvette. GM literally JUST committed to emissions free vehicles by 2035 and be a carbon neutral corporation by 2024. There is zero doubt that an EV Corvette is coming, but the only question left is when.
In summary for 2021, you get some upgrades and better tech, but 2022 is the real year the C8 starts to stretch its legs.