Chevrolet Corvette Holds the Line on Entry-level Pricing
Few models can boast of a debut year as dysfunctional as that of the C8 Corvette’s. Chevrolet’s newly mid-engined sports car saw production delayed by a lengthy strike, then kiboshed by a strange virus, leading to no shortage of frustration for those seeking to get their hands on a 2020 model.
Production is again underway, but the automaker already has 2021 on its mind. It seems the minds at the Renaissance Center felt it necessary to maintain as much of the status quo as possible.
As reported by Car and Driver, orders for the 2021 C8 open in July, with both the coupe and convertible variant carrying over their 2020 entry prices of $59,599 and $67,495, respectively.
While the drop-top ‘Vette was supposed to follow its coupe sibling in short order, the shuttering of the American auto industry upon arrival of the coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench into things, leaving the streets and garages of the U.S. devoid of such a variant. In April, it was reported that no such convertibles existed.
We now know that 2020 C8 convertible production will get underway this summer, before Bowling Green Assembly switches over to the ’21 model later in the year. What, if any, content changes await buyers of next year’s model is still a mystery.
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Eh... Still don't want one.
I would suggest that the launch of the Cadillac V16 in 1930 was probably just as inauspicious, if not more so. A car that costs more than most homes in America, launched when 20% unemployment loomed, the dustbowl was decimating the economy of half the country, breadlines and soup kitchens dominated the landscape of most cities. That would be a tough sell. Sure the C8 Corvette is launched in tough times, but let's keep this in perspective.
I saw one of these for the first time "in the wild" the other day. I'm a fan. Flame away!
The C8 is growing on me. At first I hated it but not now.