2016 Chevrolet Corvette Overview

James Flammang
Contributing Editor - July 31, 2015

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:


The "basic" Corvette comes with heated outside mirrors, run-flat 18-inch front and 19-inch rear tires, a color eight-inch touchscreen radio with Chevrolet MyLink, Bose nine-speaker audio, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power seats, keyless access with pushbutton start, a rearview camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power tilt/telescopic steering column, and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with wi-fi hotspot. A removable carbon fiber roof panel is standard on coupes, while a transparent panel is available. Standard GT seats have perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces, while available Competition Sport seats get sueded microfiber inserts.


The second-tier Corvette adds such extras as a driver’s auto-dimming outside mirror, Bose 10-speaker premium audio with bass box, driver’s memory, cargo net, and heated/ventilated seats. A head-up display includes a g-meter in track mode.


In addition to a navigation system, the 3LT gets perforated Napa leather seating surfaces, but a sueded microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim package is available. The three new Design Packages are available only with 3LT trim.

Other options for 2LT and 3LT include a visible carbon-fiber roof panel and front parking camera. A performance data recorder is also offered.


Officially a performance package, offered in accord with any of the above three trim levels, the Z51 edition upgrades to 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. Special equipment includes heftier brakes, a revised suspension, limited-slip rear differential, and integral coolers for the transmission and differential. Also included are brake-cooling ducts, a unique rear spoiler, and additional air deflectors that enhance track capability. Adaptive suspension dampers are available separately.

CarsDirect Tip

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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