Redesigned for 2014, Chevrolet’s sports car adopted the Stingray nameplate. Ever since the mid-fifties, Corvettes have been legendary for masterful performance, while drawing admiring glances if not outright leers from envious observers. It’s simply America’s sports car: a muscular, barely-tamed gazelle of the road that can be driven either assertively or modestly, delivering delight either way.
What's New for 2016
Three new design packages have been added: Twilight Blue, Spice Red, and Jet Black Suede. Standard wheels get a fresh design. The Carbon Flash option deletes the chrome bar on the grille. A Carbon Fiber Hood option features a visible weave section. A flat-bottom steering wheel is installed, and two-tone GT seats are available. So is a front curb view parking camera. Enhanced Chevrolet MyLink features Apple CarPlay capability.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Corvette
In the rear-drive coupe or soft-top convertible, a 6.2-liter V8 whips up 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. An optional performance exhaust raises each figure by five. Either a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching or an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters may be installed. Acceleration to 60 mph can be accomplished in as little as 3.7 seconds with the Z51 Performance Package.
Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city/29 mpg highway (21 combined) with manual shift or 16/29 mpg (21 combined) with automatic. With the supercharged engine, estimates sink to 15/22 mpg (18 combined) with manual, or a decidedly non-frugal 13 mpg city/23 mpg highway (16 combined) with automatic.
Three trim levels are offered in both coupe and convertible form:
Other options for 2LT and 3LT include a visible carbon-fiber roof panel and front parking camera. A performance data recorder is also offered.
When stepping up to 2LT or 3LT, all of the additional features relate to comfort and convenience, not to performance. So, unless you crave the undiluted performance components of a Z51, the basic 1LT delivers the same thrills as either upgrade trim level. Picking a convertible over a coupe adds about $5,000 to MSRP. Note that for shoppers with deep pockets and track ambitions, Chevrolet also produces a 650-horsepower Corvette Z06.
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