James Flammang
Contributing Editor - October 31, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Corvette OVERVIEW

When its was last redesigned in 2014, Chevrolet’s sports car adopted the Stingray nameplate. Ever since the mid-fifties, Corvettes have long been legendary for their masterful performance, while drawing admiring glances—if not covetous stares—from envious observers. The Corvette is quite simply America’s iconic sports car: a muscular, barely tamed gazelle of the road that can be driven either assertively or modestly, delivering a range of delights either way.

What's New for 2017

Chevrolet has big news for the 2017 model year: the return of the Grand Sport model, in both coupe and convertible form. The original Grand Sport, released in 1963, was meant to dominate racing. Second- and third-generation versions followed in 1996 and 2010. Although power output from the 6.2-liter V8 differs only slightly from the regular Stingray model, the Grand Sport gets a passel of performance extras to warrant the additional $10,000.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Corvette

In the rear-drive Stingray 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 5. 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 4 seconds (3.8 seconds with the Z51 Performance Package).

Fuel economy for 2017 is estimated at 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway (19 combined) with the manual shift, or 15/26 mpg (19 combined) with the automatic. With the supercharged engine in the ultra-performance Z06 edition, estimates sink to 15/22 mpg (18 combined) with the manual, or a decidedly non-frugal 13 mpg city/23 mpg highway (16 combined) with the automatic.

Four 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, Brembo brakes, a color 8-inch touchscreen radio with Chevrolet MyLink, a nine-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, dual-zone automatic climate control, power seats, keyless access with pushbutton start, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power tilt/telescopic steering column, and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with an available Wi-Fi hotspot. A removable carbon fiber roof panel is standard on coupes, while a transparent panel is available. Standard GT seats have perforated leather seating surfaces, while the available Competition Sport seats get sueded microfiber inserts. Prices start at $56,545 (including destination charge) for the coupe and $60,445 for the convertible.


The second-tier Corvette adds extras like auto-dimming outside mirrors, an upgraded Bose system, driver memory, a cargo net, a luggage shade, color-keyed armrests and console, lumbar seats adjustments, and heated/ventilated seats. The head-up display features an integrated g-meter.


In addition to a navigation system, the 3LT gets perforated Napa leather seating surfaces. A sueded microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim package is included. So is a performance data recorder.

Optional design packages are available in three colors: Twilight Blue, Spice Red, and Black Suede.


Officially a $5,000 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 bigger front brakes, a revised suspension, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and integrated coolers for the transmission and differential. Also included are dual brake cooling ducts, a unique rear spoiler, and additional air deflectors that enhance track capability. A unique Aero package aims to reduce lift, to enhance high-speed stability. Magnetic Selective Ride Control is available additionally.

Grand Sport

A unique mesh grille leads the way for the new Grand Sport, which starts at $66,445 in coupe form. Built on a lightweight race-bred chassis, the Grand Sport offers five driving modes. A dry-sump oil system delivers oil during extreme cornering. Acceleration is only a tad quicker than a regular Stingray, with 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. A Collector Edition is available, with its body finished in Watkins Glen Gray. Optional features include carbon fiber rocker panels, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and a performance data recorder. Carbon ceramic brake rotors come in the optional Z07 Performance package..

Z06 Note: For Corvette enthusiasts with deep pockets and track ambitions, Chevrolet also produces a supercharged, 650-horsepower Corvette Z06.

CarsDirect Tip

When stepping up to 2LT or 3LT trim, all of the additional features relate to comfort and convenience, not performance. So, unless you crave the undiluted performance components of a Z51, the basic 1LT delivers just about the same thrills as either upgrade trim level. Picking a convertible over a coupe adds $4,000 to the retail price. The immense option list means it’s possible to add many thousands of dollars to the total cost of a Corvette.

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