2021 Corvette and magnetic ride control

The 2021 Corvette Stingray offers impressive mid-engine handling and traction, arriving as the second model year for the latest eighth-generation sports car. Interestingly, more than half of 2021 Corvette customers opted to equip Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

Per statistics published by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, 22.8 percent of 2021 Corvette Stingray customers stuck with the standard suspension setup (RPO code FE1). However, 7.7 percent of customers opted for Magnetic Ride Control without the Z51 Performance Package (RPO code FE2), 23.6 percent opted for the Z51 Performance Package suspension (RPO code FE3), and 45.9 percent opted for Z51 Performance package suspension with Magnetic Ride Control (RPO code FE4).

As a reminder, Magnetic Ride Control incorporates dampers filled with magnetorheological fluid and a suite of sensors to automatically adjust damper settings in response to changes in the driving surface.

2021 Corvette and magnetic ride controlCheck out the table below for a breakdown of the suspension setup for the 2021 Corvette Stingray:

2021 Corvette Suspension Configuration Take Rate
Coupe (units) Coupe (percentage) Convertible (units) Convertible (percentage) Total (units) Total (percentage)
Standard (FE1) 3,860 25.5 2,111 19.0 5,971 22.8
Magnetic Ride Control (FE2) 988 6.5 1,034 9.3 2,022 7.7
Z51 (FE2) 3,864 25.6 2,322 20.9 6,186 23.6
Z51 with Magnetic Ride Control (FE4) 6,400 42.4 5,637 50.8 12,037 45.9
Total 15,112 100.0 11,104 100.0 26,216 100.0

Also notable are the production numbers. According to the latest report from the National Corvette Museum stats, a total of 26,216 units of the 2021 Corvette Stingray were produced, 12,112 (58 percent) of which were Coupe models, and 11,104 (42 percent) of which were Convertibles. Most models (44.1 percent) were the mid-range 2LT trim level, while 40.9 percent were the range-topping 3LT, and just 15 percent were the base-level 1LT.

As GM Authority covered previously, most customers preferred the Jet Black interior, with 35.8 percent of buyers choosing Jet Black over the other interior color options. Adrenaline Red was second at 25.2 percent, followed by Natural at 12.5 percent and Sky Cool Gray at 10.1 percent. Outside, the most popular paint color was Torch Red with 5,171 units. Arctic White was second in popularity at 3,769 units, while Red Mist was third at 3,476 units.

Also notable was the number of 2021 Corvette Stingray customers that opted for the factory performance exhaust system, with a whopping 87 percent ticking the box to add extra horsepower and sound to their ride.

Moving forward, production of the 2022 Corvette Stingray is now underway at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly facilityin Kentucky.

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