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2019 Chevrolet Corvette: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - November 22, 2017
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While we expect the 2019 Corvette to be a carryover as a whole, Chevy just threw a wrench into the Corvette rumormill. Although there continue to be unconfirmed reports of a mid-engine Corvette, the early debut of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 has arguably stolen the spotlight. Earlier rumors claimed the ZR1 may be the mid-engined ‘Vette, but Chevy has officially squashed that assertion with this debut.

As a whole, look for the 2019 Corvette to be a carryover in terms of design. The one big twist will be that aforementioned ZR1 model will feature significantly updated aerodynamic work to help it hug the track. For example, the base model with the “low wing” will produce 70% more downforce than the current Z06, while the “high wing” will produce a wild 950 pounds of downforce, 60% more than a Z06 with the optional Z07 package.

Inside, expect the 2019 Corvette to remain almost completely unchanged. Expect it to continue with the same driver-first layout, upscale trimming, and premium features. In the current car, standard equipment includes keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, auto climate control, power seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, an 8-inch touchscreen, and more.

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The two current engines in the Corvette lineup will likely remain the same, including the base 6.2-liter V8 with 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and the Z06’s supercharged V8 with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

The all-new 2019 Corvette ZR1, however, will usher in a third powerplant: a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with a mind-bending 750 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. All three engines are available either with a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has tested the current-generation Corvette yet, so there are no safety ratings for it. Being a sports car, though, its safety features are pretty basic in the 2018 model. They include seat belt pretensioners, a rearview camera, and four airbags. More advanced safety features, like automatic braking and lane-keep assist, are not available.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Corvette, along with the new ZR1, should hit showrooms by the spring of 2018.

Because all versions other than the ZR1 will be carryovers, we don’t expect a big shift in pricing from the 2018 Corvette’s range of $58,315 to $87,615 (including destination fees). As for the ZR1, look for its starting price tag to tickle the $100,000 mark.

Key competition will be the Porsche 911, the Nissan GT-R, and maybe even the Jaguar F-Type.

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2018 Chevy Corvette

2018 Chevy Corvette

2018 Chevy Corvette

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