After endless hype and multiple production delays, the ordering window for 2020 Corvettes has already passed us by. But the good news is that 2021 ordering is only about two months away. That news, along with the announcement of changes for the 2021 model year Camaro, has us wondering when we will know what new RPOs the second-year C8 mid-engine Corvette will receive.
Normally, new options and changes for the new model year are announced in April when the Corvette Team attends the NCM Bash, but that event has now been pushed back to the end of May, after 2021 ordering has started. GM has been known to drop the new model year’s order guide without fanfare, and so we will probably see it sometime in May prior to the start of 2021 orders starting.
For 2021, the Chevrolet Camaro will lose the excellent, one-year only Rally Green and the Crystal/Long Beach-adjacent Garnet Red while picking up a new, extra-cost color named Wild Cherry Tintcoat. Mechanically, the only change is the availability of the 10-speed auto on previously manual-only SSs equipped with the 1LE performance package.
We expect similarly minimal, or even zero changes to be implemented on sophomore C8s but the most obvious ones to watch out for, just like on the Camaro, have to be changes to the color pallet. Elimination of any of the 12 original colors could make for some exceedingly rare 2020 ‘Vettes. This happened to first-year C7s after the discontinuation of Cyber Gray and Lime Rock Green for 2015.
We also expect that vendors will finally have the ability to produce the options in meaningful quantities. Many of the early 2020 Corvettes were able to get the 5VM Ground Effects Kits (which look fantastic) while the 5W8 Carbon Flash Aero Kits are still unavailable.
One change we would like to see that’s been rumored for 2021 is the uncoupling of the Magnetic Selective Ride Control from the Z51 package and offer it as a stand-alone option. Currently, Mag-Ride can only be ordered on Z51-equipped Corvettes.
There is also an outside chance that we will see late 2021 availability of a yet-to-be announced Z06 model. Most pundits have the flat-plane Corvette slated to debut as a 2022 model but the Z has been unveiled in year two of each of the previous two generations so there is a historical precedent pointing to sometime in the 2021 model year as the on-sale date for the first performance-oriented Corvette to ever have its engine behind the driver.
We will likely find out about 2021 Stingray options in the coming weeks as the new order guide is finalized. As for the Z06, we could possibly see that as soon as June 9th at the first fair-weather North American International Auto Show, if things in the world are able to return to some semblance of normal by then. As always, stay tuned into CorvetteBlogger for all of the latest information about America’s Sports Car.
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