The new C8 is spectacular, amazing and extremely capable. Maybe even revolutionary. The Corvette C8 is among the hottest products of 2020. Despite the ongoing pandemic, fans and enthusiasts were raving about the mid-engined sports car, which keeps Chevrolet so busy producing and fulfilling orders for the rest of the year. year. So much so, in fact, that the 2021 model year is already in the works.
Wondering what’s new? If not, here is a summary. For the 2021 model year, Chevy adds two new exterior body colors: Silver Flare Metallic (seen above) and Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat. Both colors will replace similar hues from the outgoing model year. The Stinger Stripe also has three new colors, which will be Carbon Flash / Edge Red, Carbon Flash / Edge Yellow and Carbon Flash / Midnight Silver. For those who like a set of long stripes, they will be available as blue, orange, red and yellow options.
Inside, only a few things are added, led by the new Sky Cool Gray / Yellow Strike interior color. The infotainment system also features Apple CarPlay / Android Auto wireless capabilities, which will be standard across the range.
Engineered for its quick-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the only available transmission, and a well-calibrated launch control system, the C8 sprints from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. That’s 1.1 seconds faster than the last C7 Z51 we tested with a manual transmission. The C8 even improves the zero-to-60 mph runs of the faster 650-hp C7 Z06 and 755-hp C7 ZR1 we’ve tethered to our test rig, both of which lose the grip on grip at low speeds. Yes, they travel faster than the new Vette at the end of the quarter mile, which the C8 does in 11.2 seconds at 122 mph, but the point is clear: the mid-engine setup pays off from a standing start.