A drop top supercar built right here in America
Decades in the making, the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette was (and still is) one of the most exciting cars to go on sale in the last year. However, getting your hands on a C8 ‘Vette has been a tall order, especially as the supply often exceeds the demand from enthusiasts. For this February’s car of the month, let’s celebrate Turo host Kyrylo’s 2021 Chevrolet Corvette convertible.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette
|ENGINE||HORSEPOWER||0 to 60 MPH||TOP SPEED||MILEAGE||DAILY PRICE*|
|6.2L V8||490 hp||2.9 sec||194 mph||19 mpg||$399|
|ENGINE||HP||0 to 60 |
|6.2L V8||490 hp||2.9 |
|194 mph||19 |
Right off the bat, the C8 marked one of the biggest changes in Corvette history, as the long-rumored mid-engine design finally made it to production. No more rumors or speculation, but a real deal Corvette with midship exotic car layout. That doesn’t mean Chevy has completely done away with Corvette tradition though, as behind the occupants sits a familiar 6.2L small block V8, but this time good for 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The other real gamechanger from previous Corvettes is the paddle shifted 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Not only are there plenty of gears to keep the Vette’s engine in the powerband, but the DCT makes shifting both lightning fast and smooth.
The engineers at Chevy also did their homework when it came to the chassis development. Double-wishbone suspension at all four corners ensures top notch handling, but the C8 takes things a step further by ditching the old transverse leaf spring setup in favor of coil springs. Keeping the Corvette glued to the road is a staggered set of 19- and 20-inch wheels wrapped in wide Michelin Pilot Sport tires. In a car that is capable of the zero to 60 sprint in just 3 seconds, there’s no doubt the C8 makes full use of its rubber.
Equally as important is the C8 Corvette’s appearance. While there are some nods to the previous C7 generation, the midship setup moves the interior compartment forward, while the rear end captures the textbook proportions of a proper exotic car. The standard C8 coupe has a removable roof panel, but Kyrylo’s example is the full-fledged convertible model with the folding hardtop mechanism. To top things off in the styling department, the optional Rapid Blue paint with black racing stripes means the Corvette is sure to turn heads whether parked or on the move.
Hop inside the C8 Corvette though, and you’ll think you’re piloting a fighter jet. The white leather bucket seats provide a nice contrast against the blue exterior, and the supportive bolsters will keep you in place around fast corners. Like any serious sports car, the controls are aimed towards the driver, especially with angled the infotainment screen and center console (which includes push buttons for the gear selector). The squared-off steering wheel is a radical departure from convention, but it does help free up some extra room for taller drivers. Drop the power folding convertible roof and you’ll have a very unique open air driving experience ahead.
Kyrylo’s C8 is equipped with some optional goodies, particularly the Z51 package. In GM-speak, Z51 is a package for the Corvette that adds even higher levels of performance. With the C8, you get firmer spring rates, a heavier duty cooling system, larger brakes, an electronic limited slip differential, and a more aggressive final drive gearing. Additionally, the Z51 pack adds an aggressive front splitter and rear decklid spoiler for improved aerodynamics.
With warm weather just around the corner, Kyrylo’s brand-new Corvette convertible is all the more reason to get out there and hit the road. Packing the LT2 V8 powerhouse plus the redesigned mid engine chassis makes getting behind the wheel an all-new experience, especially as you soak up the sunshine with the convertible top down.
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