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- Striking exterior design
- Great V-8 power and torque
- Efficient for its performance level
- 8-speed auto matches dual-clutch competition
- Supercar-level performance in Z06
- Still a thirsty V-8 sports car around town
- Why no turbo V-6?
- Body vents distract from lines
- Extreme function over form in Z06 aerodynamics
The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette delivers unmatched performance for the dollar and the features to go with it; the looks are arresting but perhaps too aggressive for some tastes.
The Chevrolet Corvette returns mostly unchanged for 2018. The lineup includes the Corvette Stingray, Corvette Grand Sport, and Corvette Z06, each as coupe or convertible. Each raises hell, takes names, and does it at a low price, considering its capability.
On our scale, admittedly biased toward the 2018 Corvette's thunderous performance and lavish features, we give it a 7.8 out of 10. What we don't like? Well, gas mileage isn't wonderful, and interior space isn't overly generous. Both are nitpicks we'd skip over to drive one. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The C7 Corvette sits wide and low, and it wears lots of scoops and ducts. The supercar air is there, but we get a little eye-tired of the shape's busy touches. The cockpit isn't as flashy as the body, but can be trimmed out very nicely.
All Corvettes drop hardcore performance. The base Stingray and mid-line Grand Sport sport a 455-hp (460 hp with the optional performance exhaust) 6.2-liter V-8. The Stingray can have a Z51 package that adds stiffer suspension, upgraded brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential, and aerodynamic tweaks. The Grand Sport has a wider rear end that accepts bigger high-performance tires. It also gets some of the Z06’s handling bits and an aerodynamics package.
The Z06 towers over other Corvettes with its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed manual matches revs automatically on downshifts. The optional, quick-shifting 8-speed automatic has steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A Z07 package on the Grand Sport and Z06 turns those cars into beastly, controllable track specialists.
The Corvette has room for a pair of large adults, and space for their bags under the hatch glass. Supportive base seats get an upgrade to sport buckets for track-ready models. Convertibles have an automatic roof that opens or closes under 30 mph.
No crash tests have involved the Corvette. It offers few of today’s active safety features.
What it does offer is minimal distraction from its incredible prowess. All cars have leather, keyless ignition, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 9-speaker Bose audio, and a rearview camera. The killer app: its Performance Data Recorder, which records video and lap times for post-track bragging and dragging.
The Car Connection Consumer Review
- 2-Door Stingray Coupe 1LT $55,495
- 2-Door Stingray Coupe 2LT $55,495
- 2-Door Stingray Coupe 3LT $55,495
- 2-Door Stingray Convertible 1LT $59,495
- 2-Door Stingray Convertible 2LT $59,495
- 2-Door Stingray Convertible 3LT $59,495
- 2-Door Stingray Coupe Z51 1LT $60,495
- 2-Door Stingray Coupe Z51 2LT $60,495
- 2-Door Stingray Coupe Z51 3LT $60,495
- 2-Door Stingray Convertible Z51 1LT $64,495
- 2-Door Stingray Convertible Z51 2LT $64,495
- 2-Door Stingray Convertible Z51 3LT $64,495
- 2-Door Coupe Grand Sport 1LT $65,495
- 2-Door Coupe Grand Sport 2LT $65,495
- 2-Door Coupe Grand Sport 3LT $65,495
- 2-Door Convertible Grand Sport 1LT $69,495
- 2-Door Convertible Grand Sport 2LT $69,495
- 2-Door Convertible Grand Sport 3LT $69,495
- 2-Door Coupe Z06 1LZ $79,495
- 2-Door Coupe Z06 2LZ $79,495
- 2-Door Coupe Z06 3LZ $79,495
- 2-Door Convertible Z06 1LZ $83,495
- 2-Door Convertible Z06 2LZ $83,495
- 2-Door Convertible Z06 3LZ $83,495