America’s sports car… I mean super car… has earned it spots as my pick for 2021 Car Of The Year. Presenting the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. It is by far the best car on the market for under $200,000, and due to supply shortages, it is more exclusive than a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Porsche. In fact, shortly after testing the Corvette Convertible out for week and showing the car to my Father, he ordered one for his collection. Despite having a garage full of super cars and previously owning two legendary Corvette L88s, the dealer quoted him two years to get the car.
The long wait times to get a new Corvette is not solely due to the global chip shortage, but more so to do with demand. Chevrolet is stealing customers from European exotics in droves because the new mid-engine Corvette handles exceptionally well, has a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 3 seconds, and it has killer looks. A buddy of mine is replace his V10 Audi R8 with a Corvette *fingers crossed* later next year.
To top it off, with a starting price of ~$63,000, the new Corvette Stingray is bargain. You won’t find that kind of performance or looks anywhere south of $150,000. But what is even more of a bargain is the Corvette Convertible. For only $7,000 more you get a retractable hardtop with better noise, aerodynamics, and safety than a soft top convertible. For comparison, Ferrari charged a ~$20,000 premium for 488 customers to get a retractable hardtop. As a bonus, this new hardtop can go up and down in a matter of seconds while driving at speeds less than 30mph. So in states like Florida where sporadic summer rain storms are common, you can easily let the sun shine in between each rain shower. However my favorite part of the convertible top mechanism is the rear glass window. You can raise and lower the window with the top up, allowing you to get a nice breeze during hot summers while also staying cool in the shade.
Per my previous Corvette review, the new mid-engine Vette place drivers in a space-aged cockpit with an all digital instrument cluster and infotainment center. The steering wheel has a flat top and flat bottom design to make it easier to get in an out of the vehicle, as well as increase viewing points. It also just looks super cool! Driving the new Corvette Convertible delivers an experience akin to a super car versus a sports car. The 500 horsepower 6.2L V8 and dual clutch transmission backs up the Corvette’s pedigree, but it is much more than that. The Corvette feels special every time you take it out of the garage. And the convertible model feels even more special with the speedster hump positioned right in back of you head. It is a head turner in every possible way.