This Torch Red 2021 Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe has been purchased by Consumer Reports for their automotive test fleet and today three of their automotive reviewers offered their first impressions of the car.
Consumer Reports hasn’t always appreciated the Chevrolet Corvette as much as we think they should, although their tune mostly changed to positive with the arrival of the C7 Corvette. CR’s first review of the C8 Corvette back in 2019 was also positive, so it will be interesting to hear what they have to say about spending more time in the mid-engine Corvette.
The three automotive testers for Consumer Reports are Jon Linkov, Mike Monticello, and Ryan Pszczolkowski. Each has had some seat time in the car to get a first impression, but the track testing and other, more serious reviews of their long-term fleet Corvette will be coming later.
The video segment on the Corvette focuses on various aspects with each of them providing their thoughts on driving the sports car, the DCT vs manuals, and the interior with its GT2 seats, squircle steering wheel, and the Great Wall of Buttons being the focus inside the cabin.
There were a few things they got wrong about the car which I am sure you will catch, but nothing worth nitpicking about. Overall, I found the discussion to be fairly positive and we even agreed with a couple weaknesses of the model when pointed out, such as the lack of any storage space inside the cabin. Other criticisms like being confused by the various HVAC buttons are only because they are not daily driving it.
From Consumer Reports via YouTube:
We recently welcomed the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray into our test fleet, and we share our first impressions on its driving dynamics, styling, and interior drawbacks. Also, with Corvette always giving buyers more performance per dollar than other automakers, we compare how this first ever mid-engine Corvette compares to other, more exotic sports cars, like Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
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