2019 Corvette New Car Test Drive
Not many cars can be called a true American icon. With a history dating back to 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette fully deserves that designation.
Chevrolet offers the Corvette in four flavors, according to performance: Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1. Each is available as either a closed coupe or a convertible.
Stingrays and Grand Sports come in 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT trim levels. The Z06 is offered in 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ trim, while ZR1s come in 1ZR or 3ZR form.
Both the base Stingray and the step-up Grand Sport boast a 455-horsepower, 6.2-liter LT1 V-8, promising 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.6 seconds with a 7-speed manual shift (3.7 with 8-speed automatic). An optional performance exhaust hikes horsepower to 460.
Aerodynamic elements blend with a wider rear end to accommodate bigger, high-performance tires for greater grip. Additional performance equipment is available in the Z51 package.
In the Z06, a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 produces 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, slashing 0-60 mph time to a blazing 2.95 seconds (3.2 with the manual gearbox). A Z07 package for either the Grand Sport or Z06 adds more track-targeted features.
If that's not swift enough, the new ZR1 holds a hotter-yet version of the supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V-8, kicking out a startling 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet. This one hits 60 mph in 2.85 seconds, according to Chevrolet. An optional ZTK Track Performance Package adds a big, adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing and an even-stiffer suspension.
Each Corvette can have either the 7-speed manual transmission with short, positive throws and downshift rev matching, or a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have crash-tested the Corvette. Active-safety features found in most cars nowadays are absent from Corvettes, including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
The current (C7) generation debuted as a 2014 model. A redesigned 2020 Corvette has been introduced, and it now sports a mid-engine design..
Prices do not include $1,095 destination charge.
Stingray 1LT (coupe $55,900, convertible $60,400) includes the 455-horsepower V-8, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, nine-speaker Bose audio, power seats, HID headlights, keyless ignition, staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels, and leather upholstery.
Stingray 2LT and 3LT trim levels add more features.
Stingray Z51 1LT (coupe $60,900, convertible $65,400) includes the Z51 package with performance upgrades, such as a transmission oil cooler, active suspension, performance brakes and exhaust, and electronic limited-slip differential.
Stingray Z51 2LT and 3LT trim levels add more features.
Grand Sport 1LT (coupe $65,900, convertible $70,400) adds aerodynamic elements including wider rear fenders, bigger front and rear brake rotors, Michelin Pilot Sport summer tires, Brembo brake calipers, a limited-slip rear differential, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and a unique grille.
Grand Sport 2LT and 3LT trim levels add more features.
Z06 1LZ (coupe $80,900, convertible $85,400) holds the 650-horsepower engine, and includes a head-up display and outside temperature gauge.
Z06 2LZ and 3LZ trim levels add more features.
ZR1 1ZR (coupe $120,900, convertible $125,400) gets the 755-horsepower V-8, adding unique Nappa leather upholstery, heated/cooled seats, navigation, a microfiber-wrapped dashboard. A Performance Data Recorder is available.
ZR1 3ZR (coupe $123,895, convertible $128,395) adds the ZTK Track Performance Package, with stiffer suspension components, a tall adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing, and Performance Data Recorder..