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2019 Chevrolet Corvette: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 18, 2018
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Model Preview

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.

2018 Chevy Corvette

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.

Official pricing will start at $56,590 including destination for the coupe and $60,590 for the convertible. At the top of the range, the ZR1 will start at $119,995 in coupe form and $123,995 as a convertible.

Please see below for a full list of prices.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Pricing

Vehicle TrimMSRP
Stingray Z51$61,590
Grand Sport$66,590

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Pricing

Vehicle TrimMSRP
Stingray Z51$65,590
Grand Sport$70,590

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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