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2018 Chevrolet Corvette

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2018 Stingray 2dr Coupe
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Price:   -  From $55,495
2018 Stingray 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $59,495
2018 Stingray Z51 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $60,495
2018 Stingray Z51 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $64,495
2018 Grand Sport 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $65,495
2018 Grand Sport 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $69,495
2018 Z06 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $79,495
2018 Z06 2dr Convertible Price:   -  From $83,495

Overview

America's most enduring sports car, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette enters its 65th year of production with no intention of settling down. Glorious performance and envious attention are guaranteed to anyone who takes one home.

What's New for 2018

The base Corvette Stingray gains larger tires and standard HD radio. A commemorative Carbon 65 Edition trim package debuts on Grand Sport and Z06 models. An all-new Corvette is allegedly in the works for 2019.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Corvette

Available as two-seat coupe or convertible, the rear-drive Corvette starts out with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. That's enough to take it from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.7 seconds.

A seven-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching comes standard, and an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters is available for $1,750. With either transmission, the Corvette is EPA-rated at 19 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. The Corvette Grand Sport uses this engine, as well.

The line-topping Z06 model carries a supercharged 6.2-liter that makes an astonishing 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rates the Z06 at 18 mpg combined with the manual, and 16 mpg combined with the automatic.

The Corvette's deep model lineup consists of the base Stingray, track-oriented Grand Sport, and supercharged Z06. Each comes in three trim levels:

Stingray

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1LT

($56,490 couple/$60,490 convertible, including destination): Comes with leather seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, keyless ignition, a rearview camera, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. Performance features include Brembo brakes, summer performance tires, and 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels. Coupes get a removable roof panel, while convertibles carry a power soft top.

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2LT

($60,945/$64,945): Gets front parking cameras, auto-dimming mirrors, heated and ventilated front seats with driver memory, color-keyed interior trim, a head-up display, and an upgraded Bose audio system.

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3LT

($66,245/$70,235): Tops off the Stingray line with premium leather seats, suede-like interior trim, navigation, and a performance data recorder.

The Z51 Performance Package ($5,000) is optional on all three Stingray trims and adds a limited-slip rear differential with cooler, a dry-sump engine oiling system (to prevent engine oil starvation during high-g track driving), larger brakes, more aggressive suspension tuning, and a sport exhaust system that adds five hp and five lb-ft of torque. Magnetic ride control ($1,795) is also a worthwhile performance option. Competition bucket seats, complete with lightweight magnesium frames, are available for $1,995. Note that the 3LT's performance data recorder is available on the other trims as a standalone $1,795 option.

If performance isn't as important as looks, though, it's worth mentioning the huge array of available aesthetic tweaks. There are 12 total stripe packages with prices ranging from $500 for a small hood stripe to $950 for a more traditional pair of twin Cunningham-like stripes. Painted brake calipers (in red or yellow) are available, as are colored seat belts. And as usual, the Corvette has a huge range of dealer-installed accessories to consider.

Grand Sport

Think of the Corvette Grand Sport as a Z06 without the supercharged V8. It's a track weapon, lighter and harder than a standard Corvette Stingray, but without demanding an insane premium for its performance. But despite its much more serious attitude, it retains the same basic packaging as the Stingray.

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1LT

($66,490/$70,490): Includes all of the Z51 upgrades, plus an adaptive suspension, a heavy-duty cooling system, wider fenders and tires, and specific exterior graphics.

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3LT

($76,235/$80,235): Adds the Stingray 3LT equipment.

The Z07 Performance Package ($7,995) tacks on magnetic ride control, carbon-ceramic brakes, and upgraded tires. Exclusive to the Grand Sport is a Heritage Package ($795) featuring fender hash marks and a center stripe (both in your choice of six colors), plus aluminum hash marks and signature floormats for the interior. Other options are shared with the Stingray.

Z06

The big daddy. With 650 horsepower, the Corvette Z06 sits at the top of the heap, offering supercar-like performance without reaching into six figures.

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1LZ

($80,490/$85,485): Packs the supercharged engine, along with exclusive suspension and braking systems, a carbon fiber hood, aerodynamic body components, and a standard head-up display.

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2LZ

($84,055/$89,050): Equipped like the 2LT models (just the name is different).

3LZ

($89,435/$94,430): Gets the same luxury goodies as the 3LT.

The Z07 Performance Package continues as an option on the Z06, along with the competition seats and large selection of appearance items.

The Carbon 65 Edition ($15,000) carries carbon fiber trim throughout and exclusive Ceramic Matrix Gray paint. Available on the Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ, this package will be limited to 650 numbered installations.

CarsDirect Tip

The Corvette can perform well beyond the nerve of most drivers, not to mention any conceivable speed limit. Unless you intend to hit the track regularly, your options budget will be better spent on conveniences than performance upgrades, as temping as they may be.

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Expert Review

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

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The Chevrolet Corvette is a timeless classic with modern touches. It's an affordable sports car with a recognizable style, fun-to-drive characteristics, and available as a hardtop coupe or as a soft-top convertible.

Best Value

Chevrolet offers the 2018 Corvette in four trims: Stingray, Stingray Z51, Gran Sport, and Z06. Our “best value” pick is the Stingray Z51 Coupe. This model comes with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, power-heated and adjustable side mirrors, aluminum wheels set within 19-inch performance tires (20-inch tires on the rear), Chevrolet MyLink with an 8.0-inch color screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, and a rearview camera.

This model’s Z51 Performance Package brings in upgraded brakes, a performance suspension, performance gear ratios, a dual-mode performance exhaust, an electronic limited slip differential, transmission and rear differential cooling features, and an aero package with a rear spoiler.

  • Model: 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 coupe
  • Engine: 6.2-liter V8 engine
  • Output: 460 hp/465 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Seven-speed manual
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 16 city/25 highway
  • Options: Wing-Style Spoiler with Wicker Package ($1,100, body-color wing rear spoiler, wicker bill), Competition Sport Bucket Seats ($1,955), the bucket seats also require choosing the Jet Black interior color with leather seats with suede microfiber inserts ($695) and a a suede microfiber-wrapped steering wheel ($0)
  • Base Price: $56,590 (including a $1,095 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$64,280

Performance

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The Corvette offers a pair of 6.2-liter V8 engines. One is naturally aspirated, the other has a supercharger.

The standard engine makes 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet pairs this engine with a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. This model makes an EPA-estimated 16 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The supercharged V8 makes an even 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. It offers the same transmission pairings. Fuel economy comes in at 13 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for models equipped with the automatic transmission.

No matter how equipped, we found all Corvettes deliver hardcore performance. Quick work of the manual transmission powers the Corvette from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, one-tenth of a second slower than the automatic. We found the electric assist power steering accurate with a pleasant amount of feedback. The clutch is soft with seamless uptake. You’ll attack turns with confidence and leave with precision.

Style

The sleek style of the Corvette underscores why this is America’s only true sports car. Sure, you can include the Ford GT if you want, but the Corvette is attainable, while the GT is not. As for the Dodge Viper, it’s no longer built.

The Corvette’s race car lines have evolved nicely over the years and the hatchback body style provides a surprisingly roomy place to store your luggage. Every square inch of the Corvette’s body screams “speed,” something the ‘Vette confirms on the road.

Getting in and out of the Corvette takes effort, but once inside you’ll find the seats very comfortable, even with the base seats. The Z51 comes with upgraded bucket seats, offering improved comfort and support. We found the interior sharp and modern with high-quality materials throughout. Yet, it doesn’t match the fit and finish of Porsche, although its multiple storage areas including the nifty hidden storage compartment behind the center console are pluses we like.

The Best and Worst Things

The available Performance Data and Video Recorder ($1,669) didn’t make our cut of recommended options, but it's something you’ll want if you like to record video and lap times. Not everything about the Corvette is ideal, however. We think an available twin-turbo V6 is a natural complement that has yet to find its way into this model. Precisely tuned, it should match the power of the V8, while delivering improved fuel economy.

Right For? Wrong For?

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Corvette enthusiasts, as 65 years of Corvette culture is all over this model. It remains the epitome of what Americans expect, a low-cost option to Ferrari and other European models.

The individual looking for advanced safety features, as these are not offered with the Corvette: lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Furthermore, the Corvette has never been crash tested.

The Bottom Line

Make no mistake, the Chevy Corvette is in a league of its own, at least among American-designed models. Its reasonably low starting price makes it attainable, something few competitors can claim. If you want a supercar, the Z06 has what you want.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 6.2L V-8 / 455 HP / 460 ft.lbs.
Available: 6.2L V-8 / 460 HP / 465 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 7-spd man w/OD
Available: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 25 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 6.2L V-8 / 455 HP / 460 ft.lbs.
Available: 6.2L V-8 / 460 HP / 465 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 25 / 20 Mpg
Brakes
Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Short And Long Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
15.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
176.9 "
Exterior Width
73.9 "
Exterior Height
48.8 "
Front Headroom
37.9 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
43.0 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
55.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,298 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging / Metallic Monotone / Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip / Wing
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
2
Seat Trim
Leather / Simulated Suede/leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
9 Bose / 10 Bose W/bass Box
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Manual
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Ii
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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