The 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 Is an American Supercar Outfitted for Daily Driving

The Chevrolet Corvette is an American legend. Over the years it’s remained a paradigm of performance as it evolved into a modern American supercar. Car and Driver praised the first model year of this domestic mid-engine C8-generation Corvette. This year, their review is still positive. Although it’s lost its manual transmission, the 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 is an American supercar outfitted for daily driving.

Among other speedy showoff supercars, the 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 is No. 1 according to Car and Driver. It beat both the 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman and the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster for the top spot. In fact, Car and Driver says that the performance of the new Chevrolet Corvette easily “rivals exotic cars.”

Is the 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 a good car?

The 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 is a great American supercar. It’s equipped with a rich, 490 horsepower V8 engine and boasts very reasonable entry-level pricing. In fact, Car and Driver rated the new Chevrolet Corvette No. 1 in its class.

White, blue, and silver Chevy Corvettes on display
A trio of colorful 2021 Chevy Corvettes | Photo via Chevrolet

This domestic champ offers both a convertible and a coupe. Plus, the cabin is a nice size for two adults. The engine moved behind the seats for the C8-generation. That means the trunk in front, or ‘frunk,’ is big enough to fit golf clubs or a good-sized suitcase. It’s definitely not going to brag about its ample cargo ability, but it gets the job well enough to offer a bit of versatility––considering its class.

Losses and gains

Beyond its spectacular performance, Chevy’s engineers made the ride supple enough for daily commuting and cross-country road trips, yet with the Z51 package the Vette is track-capable.

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The 2020 mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray by General Motors is unveiled during a news conference
C8 Corvette | Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Overall, if power and performance at a decent price are what you crave, the 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 needs to be on your shortlist. While the manual transmission was robbed from the 2021 model year, it still offers an exciting and engaging driving experience. While it lost the MT, it gained standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and some digital gauge display extras. There’s also a new standard safety feature on the new Chevrolet Corvette that keeps drivers from exiting Park until they fasten their seat belt.

The new Chevrolet Corvette shines as an exciting daily driver

One feature Car and Driver praises in the 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 review is its ability to stand as a daily driver. If you don’t need room for a ton of cargo or passengers, the new Chevrolet Corvette is all the car you need. It has a nice soft ride and an accommodating cabin.

a red 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 from above
2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette overhead | Chevrolet

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In fact, there’s more room inside than you’d expect. It’s designed for ergonomic comfort and shines as an exciting daily driver. Not only is it fun to drive, but comfortable too. The seats support passengers well and the car as a whole is well outfitted for daily driving. If you want an American supercar that you actually drive to work every day, this is it.

To up the ante when it comes to supercar fascinations, there is an available Z51 package. This adds a dual-mode performance exhaust and brings it to 495 horsepower. A C8-generation Corvette optioned with the Z51 package also gets an electronic limited-slip rear differential, summer tires, and more hardcore brakes.