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We are thrilled to say that this podcast begins year #2 for CORVETTE TODAY!  Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger.com teams up with your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, to keep you on top of what's going on in the world of Corvette.  https://anchor.fm/steve-garrett/epis...il-2021-ev2565
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  • Another C8 Super Positive Review

    Thanks “theDetroitBureau!”

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    Originally posted by theDetroitBureau
    A Week With: 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

    The world's best example of performance and price gets better.


    by Larry Printz | Jan 29, 2021

    The eighth-generation Corvette already put competitors on their heels, now comes in a convertible.

    It’s hard to remember a time when the Chevrolet Corvette was as popular as the new eighth generation Stingray has proven to be. Chevrolet’s decision to challenge the exotics at a fraction of their price by switching to a mid-engine layout led to 45,000 pre-orders last year, and far more demand than General Motors allocated. In fact, if you’re considering ordering a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, it will likely be a 2022 model, even though we’re one month into 2021.

    And now, with the arrival of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, one has to wonder if it’s worth it, given its $7,500 premium.

    That said, the 2021s do boast a couple changes from 2020. First, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and you no longer have to order the Z51 Performance Package to get the Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension — a very worthwhile option­. Finally, Chevrolet is adding “Buckle To Drive,” which prevents the car from shifting out of Park if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled for up to 20 seconds.

    Who asked for that? GM’s legal team?

    (Could an all-electric Corvette be in the works?)

    For the new year, the Corvette gets a few upgrades, including a $7,500 convertible option.

    Overview: Of course, if you’re paying attention, every Corvette is technically a convertible, since the Coupe has a removable Targa panel that stows in the trunk. The problem is that whatever trunk space offered disappears once you do this, leaving a diminutive front trunk as the only storage space. Also, the top is a bit bulky, so removing it solo requires a bit of strength.

    The convertible resolves this dilemma by lowering the windows and folding the top in a “lets lower the roof at the traffic light” 16 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph, all at a touch of a button. And there’s still a trunk that’s large enough to hold a set of golf clubs, a couple small overhead-sized suitcases or even a couple duffle bags. Plus there’s still space up front between the wheels for an overnight bag or two.

    Exterior: Even more so than the coupe, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible is not a vehicle for those in the Federal Witness Protection Program.
    “… There are plenty of cars at any price that attract attention, but few if any elicit the smiles, thumbs up and goodwill that the 2021 Corvette does …”


    The Convertible varies little from the Coupe, retaining its aggressively creased skin.

    Stylistically, the Convertible varies little from the Coupe, retaining its aggressively creased skin, sinister headlamps perched atop its yawning maw, outrageously massive side air intakes, aggressive side buttresses, energetic black accents, and purposeful quad exhaust.

    But the Convertible loses the Coupe’s most beautiful site: its large rear glass hatch with seven air vents showcasing the Corvette’s classic small-block V-8. Instead, the space is used for the top when it’s folded.

    Interior: It’s arguable that this is the finest interior General Motors manufactures, regardless of brand. That’s especially true of the test vehicle’s 3LT interior, which adds $11,450 to the price tag, but nets you a decadent Nappa leather-trimmed interior with GT2 bucket seats trimmed in carbon fiber, although it would have been nice if the passenger seat didn’t rattle when unoccupied. They are very comfortable and supportive, even on long drives and the heating and ventilation make them even more comfortable.

    As in the Coupe, each seat is as divided as America’s political discourse, thanks to a very tall center console with an extraordinarily shallow center console bin that’s useful for holding a pair of sunglasses and a packet of pocket facial tissues. One suspects that tall tunnel lies in wait for the electrified Corvette E-Ray yet to come. The power rear window, which recedes like an old Mercury Turnpike Cruiser, is a nice touch.

    It’s arguable that this is the finest interior General Motors manufactures, regardless of brand.

    (First Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.)

    Technology and Safety: Being a sports car, Chevrolet doesn’t go overboard with driver-assist safety systems, only adding those that truly aid the driver, like rear cross-traffic alert and rear park assist – both of which help given this car’s lousy over-the-shoulder and rear visibility.

    The Corvette’s 8-inch touchscreen uses the latest Chevy infotainment software and seems far less sluggish than other GM vehicles. It’s very intuitive and easy to use. Track hounds will appreciate the 12-inch digital information cluster that features a g-force meter, 0-60 mph timer and other track-ready goodies.

    Driving Impressions: GM’s eternal 6.2-liter V-8 is slotted behind the driver, generating 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Opting for the optional Z51 Performance Package ups each figure by five, and adds performance tires, larger brakes, an electronic limited slip differential, more aggressive gearing in the transmission, additional cooling capacity, and a front splitter and rear spoiler.

    GM’s first 8-speed dual-clutch transmission funnels all of that goodness to the rear wheels, where 60 mph arrives in 2.9 seconds – making it the fastest Corvette ever – on its way to an 11.2 second quarter mile at 121 mph and a top track speed of 194 mph.

    Chevy’s new dual-clutch transmission has a very low first gear, while gears two through six keeps things at a boil, followed by taller seventh and eighth gears for highway cruising.

    The car’s mid-engine layout places you farther forward in the cabin than before, which quickens your reaction time. Certainly the powertrain enables that, providing abundant power and lightning quick shifts. Its compelling, intoxicating and incredibly capable.

    Throw it into a corner, and it remains flat, all the while comfortably absorbing any road irregularities. It’s a very easy car to drive fast, and it is likely the fastest you’ll come across at any price. What’s most remarkable is that this is done with far less horsepower than its competitors.

    In the end, you’ll find this Stingray exceeds every parameter you can throw at it on your favorite meandering mountain road.

    (Chevrolet rolls out updates for 2021 Corvette.)

    Wrap Up: While the eighth generation of GM’s answer to European sports cars is its most radical transformation to date, it is the one that outshines them. It is a remarkably good world-class sports car, and a tribute to the iconic status its name has engendered.
    https://www.thedetroitbureau.com/202...y-convertible/
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

  • #2
    I found this article to be very concise, articulate and focused. It contained very little hyperbole, and the writers perspective seemed to be indifferent to any other opinions on the C8. However, I find it rather irksome when a “professional” writer states “it is arguable” in an opinion piece. Just because a writer states that, does not make it so. Additionally, some of his tautological expressions are unneeded especially for someone who espouses in the positivity of the design, form and function of the C8.

    Great find John.

    Thanks!
    07/01/20 Deposit @ VanBortels on 2021 C8 Coupe; 08/01/20 Prelim Order Status 1100; 01/21/21 Final Order Status 2000; 01/27/21 Status 3000; 03/06/21 Status 3300 (TPW 03/22/21); 03/16/21 Status 3400; 03/22/21 Status 3800; 03/23/21 Status 4B00; 03/26/21 Status 4D00: Status 4200; 04/02/21; 04/06/21 Status 5000; 2LT Coupe; GMO; DSZ; Q8Q; HTA; AQ9; E60; FE2; NPP; ERI

    ”I’m not the best in town, but I’m the best, until the best comes around“

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    • #3
      Originally posted by hogyld View Post
      I found this article to be very concise, articulate and focused. It contained very little hyperbole, and the writers perspective seemed to be indifferent to any other opinions on the C8. However, I find it rather irksome when a “professional” writer states “it is arguable” in an opinion piece. Just because a writer states that, does not make it so. Additionally, some of his tautological expressions are unneeded especially for someone who espouses in the positivity of the design, form and function of the C8.

      Great find John.

      Thanks!
      Caution: If correcting others grammatical errors offends you do read any further.







      I try not to criticize others writing errors unless in a good natured way. However this "professional" makes a boatload so it is tempting!

      To your point Hogyld, it is an opinion piece so his saying it is arguable is an opinion and ok. Some might agree while some might differ. So it's arguable.

      On the other hand he uses way too many commas. For example there's no comma before the "and" at the end of a list. I could go on but no one really cares. It's just that both the writer and editor, whose job it is proof read the article and correct these errors, are deficient. Which then diminishes the credibility of the article in the readers eyes.

      And what's with the claim, "The car’s mid-engine layout places you farther forward in the cabin than before, which quickens your reaction time"?

      He probably meant that the car reacts quicker but the way it's written he's saying that it quickens your, the drivers, reaction time.

      Quite a feat! But impossible. The drivers reaction time is finite, the cars is variable.

      Also, "It’s a very easy car to drive fast, and it is likely the fastest you’ll come across at any price."

      I don't get what he's trying to say. There's no faster car at any price? Obviously wrong, so what then?

      A well written article should make sense at the very least and this falls short.

      So I am not a fan of this source but full credit to you Hogyld for the use of "tautological". I had to look that one up! 😀

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      • #4
        Anybody else’s passenger seat rattle when unoccupied like the article states?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Myjestic View Post
          Anybody else’s passenger seat rattle when unoccupied like the article states?
          Nope. Sounds like something needs tightening on the vehicle "theDetroitBureau" drove, since that shouldn't be happening. Too bad since that's about their only negative comment.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Myjestic View Post
            Anybody else’s passenger seat rattle when unoccupied like the article states?
            If you have the GT2 seats make sure the seat belt loop is snapped.
            2020 C8 Stingray Convertible - Torch Red - Natural Dipped 3LT - Z51 w/MSRC - Front Lift

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            • #7
              Here’s another wonderful review of the C8 Convertible by Kelley Blue Book. It says their reviewing the 2021 HTC but the price of the Z51 package they quote is at the 2020 price. Regardless, 3 persons test drove it and thankfully, didn’t wreck it or get hurt in the process.



              07/01/20 Deposit @ VanBortels on 2021 C8 Coupe; 08/01/20 Prelim Order Status 1100; 01/21/21 Final Order Status 2000; 01/27/21 Status 3000; 03/06/21 Status 3300 (TPW 03/22/21); 03/16/21 Status 3400; 03/22/21 Status 3800; 03/23/21 Status 4B00; 03/26/21 Status 4D00: Status 4200; 04/02/21; 04/06/21 Status 5000; 2LT Coupe; GMO; DSZ; Q8Q; HTA; AQ9; E60; FE2; NPP; ERI

              ”I’m not the best in town, but I’m the best, until the best comes around“

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