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2021 Chevrolet Corvette: Always a Head Turner
First introduced in 1953, the Corvette has undergone many changes over the years. These changes included upgrading from a six-cylinder to an eight-cylinder engine and dropping the original convertible soft top in favor of a standard fixed roof. Now, nine generations down the line, the 2021 Chevy Corvette has become a status symbol in its own right. It is a muscle car, guaranteed sleek lines and maximum speed. Modern technology and advancements have only offered more safety and comfort for drivers as well as passengers, but the largest change yet came in 2020, when the Corvette switched to a mid-engine layout for the first time since its inception.
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is a mid-engined two-door sports car offered in either coupe or hardtop convertible body style. The mid-engine feature places the vehicle's engine behind the seats instead of the traditional placement out in front. There is a small cargo space in the back of the vehicle and a front trunk (or "frunk") with more room in front of the driver, allowing for thirteen cubic feet of storage space. The unique mid-engined feature is usually seen in high-end supercars, such as Ferrari or Lamborghini, but the 2021 Chevy Corvette is a supercar in its own right, able to blast from zero to sixty miles per hour in under three seconds.
This model is one that has grabbed attention since its very first generation. Today's modern Corvette is unmistakably a sports car, but one designed with comfort in mind as well as speed and a streamlined and sleek look. Its metallic colors and racing stripes are made to draw the eye while the car is out on the road, with multiple color options offering a guaranteed uniqueness to each and every car manufactured. The Corvette's powerful engine is no longer under the hood, but that has only made it a sleeker instrument of power. Anyone wanting a sporty vehicle that is sure to turn heads can put the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette on their list of vehicles to consider and test drive.
This two-seat sports car comes standard with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Some cite the absence of a manual transmission as a drawback, but that opinion is hardly universal given the incredibly quick-shifting nature of this dual-clutch unit. The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is offered in two body styles. The first option is a two-seat and two-door coupe with a removable roof panel, and the second option is a two-seat and two-door hardtop convertible. This makes it only the second model year that the Corvette has offered a hardtop convertible, which was first introduced for the 2020 model. Said hardtop can be completely removed, folded, and stored behind the passenger seat and engine space, with the front trunk offering more storage space for anything else being carried.
Twelve exterior colors are offered as well, including six metallic shades. The newest colors of the twelve being offered are a red mist metallic tintcoat and silver flare metallic. Dual full-length racing stripes are also available in several colors, and there is an additional option to add two-tone stinger stripes to the front of the hood. All these color options ensure near full customizability, with more color options offered for the interior as well. Further, you have the option of eye-catching aerodynamic upgrades to further personalize and enhance your Corvette and truly stand out in a crowd.
The 6.2-liter V8 engine offers 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, standard, but that can be upgraded to 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Because the mid-engine design puts the engine's weight directly over the driven rear wheels, the 2021 Corvette is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. When it comes time to stop, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers ensure maximum stopping power. Magnetic ride control is offered as well, and for 2021 you no longer have to select the Performance Package to get it. This damping system is capable of reading the road and adapting to it in mere milliseconds, providing unmatched ride quality.
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette offers three trim options. The base 1LT trim includes leather covered power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry and ignition. Upgrading to the 2LT trim brings features such as heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and a heads-up display, among other features. The top 3LT trim offers sportier seats as well as different interior color schemes. Even the seatbelts can be different colors for an eye-catching look, and there is optional red or yellow stitching throughout the interior.
The cabin is moved closer to the car's nose to allow for the engine's placement behind the seats. In addition to that, the focus of the cabin's interior is fully on driver comfort. There is a twelve-inch fully digital instrument cluster, showing all your vital information on an intuitive, high-resolution screen. Virtually everything in the vehicle's interior is focused on the driver, and the car's interior is bisected by a bank of switches for the various interior functions.
Instead of a traditional gear shifter in the middle of the vehicle, the 2021 Corvette has buttons for Park, Neutral, Drive, Reverse, and Manual. Pressing the Manual button gives you complete control over gearshifts using the large steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The sports seats offer leather surfaces with sueded microfiber inserts, adding to the luxurious feel of the interior and holding you tight through sharp corners. Though there is not a lot of space for more than driver and passenger, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is a driver-focused machine designed with comfort in mind.
In terms of safety and infotainment options, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is definitely a creation of the modern era. It has unique safety features, such as Buckle to Drive. This feature will not let the vehicle shift out of park unless the driver has been buckled in, ensuring no more tickets or fatal accidents for forgetful drivers. Multiple airbags combine with a rear camera mirror, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, and side blind spot alerts to keep further ensure safety. A theft-deterrent system with vehicle interior movement sensors is also included to protect your investment.
With the phone connectivity afforded by the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette allows you to access all your favorite apps and features from phone calls to music. A 4G LTE WiFi hotspot is available for up to seven devices. The standard Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system comes with an eight-inch touch screen, AM/FM stereo, and voice recognition. A Bose performance 14-speaker audio system ensures a crisp, clear sound for the entire ride. Up to two phones can be stored and saved for Bluetooth connectivity, giving the option to either driver or passenger to pick the music by using standard voice control.
Navigation is another feature offered in the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette, with maps displaying on the touch screen near the center of the car's dashboard. Voice control and buttons around the steering wheel give the driver full control with every necessary keystroke placed in comfortable and easy reach. This intuitive setup can quickly become second nature and allows you to fine-tune your car even when you are taking full advantage of its performance capabilities. Overall, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette has a driver focused interior design before all else.