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Chevrolet Corvette

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Overview of the Chevrolet Corvette

Learn about the Chevrolet Corvette

Summary

The sleek profile of the Chevrolet Corvette has remained iconic since the sports car first debuted in the 1950s. With a powerful V8 engine, new models can go from 0 to 96 km/h in just 3.7 seconds. The Corvette continues to live up to its reputation as fast and fun to drive, while stability control keeps you safe on the road. More relaxed drivers will enjoy the automatic transmission and convertible options, which are ideal for summer cruising. The Corvette has many engine and trim alternatives to choose from, but every Corvette has two seats and a distinctive style.

Safety

The biggest safety challenge with a Chevrolet Corvette may be the temptation to drive too fast. Thankfully, the heads-up display on new models lets you monitor your speed while keeping your eyes on the road. Some drivers also find that the low profile limits visibility, but several features have been included to improve safety in newer models, particularly from 2017:

  • Rear-vision and curb-view cameras, assisting manoeuvrability
  • Active handling stability control and 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock brakes, which deliver superior road performance
  • OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services, available to help in an emergency—though this can be found on most 2000s models

Older models from 2007 come standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes to help prevent skidding and a highly praised stability and traction control system, which keep you steady on those overturns. Side-impact airbags are optional. 

Interior

With a range of standard features and decor options, drivers can design their Corvette to fit their driving style. For example, the optional Memory Package offers presets for two driver-side mirrors, adjustable seat and steering wheel positions, and the LCD display comes with three customizable themes. Other interior features include comfortable GT bucket seats with perforated Mulan leather and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Technology

Classic Corvettes from the 50s to the 80s will have older but impressive technologies for its time, like AM/FM radio, air conditioning and a telescope steering wheel for the driver to adjust to their liking—which were all introduced around the mid-60s. But recent models like the 2015 give you access to the latest security, entertainment, comfort and safety options:

  • Keyless open and start, plus an immobilizer and alarm to deter theft
  • Infotainment system with navigation, available as an add-on
  • Five driver modes, which adjust the car's performance to various road conditions
  • Voice-activated radio and phone controls, so you can keep your hands on the wheel
  • Heated outside mirrors—helpful during frosty Canadian winters

Space

All Corvette models are two-seaters. The sporty design doesn't waste space, and drivers and passengers ride in comfort thanks to bucket seating—found on versions like the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT—and other clever features. For example, an optional flat-bottom steering wheel available on newer models creates added room for the driver's legs. Chevrolet has squeezed in 15 cubic feet of trunk space into the latest version of the car, which should fit your essentials. However, with approximately 38 inches of headroom, some taller drivers may find it a challenge to get into the low doorway.

Comfort

Owning a fast car doesn't mean you have to sacrifice luxury. A brand new Corvette offers all the modern comforts that enthusiasts have come to expect in a high-end vehicle:

  • Hand-stitched Napa leather seating with suede microfibre accents, available on higher-end trims 
  • A fully electronic top on convertible vehicles
  • Optional heated and vented seats, available on some models

Classic models are still known for their fast, smooth ride and touring comfort, but the interior comforts are unmatched with the amenities offered on newer models.

Pros and cons of the Chevrolet Corvette

  • High performance combined with comfort
  • Wide variety of engine choices
  • Large range of connectivity tech
  • Limited storage
  • Low roofline and small windows can hinder visibility
  • Low vehicle height can make for difficult entry and exit
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Chevrolet Corvette

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats2
  • Doors2
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption12.2 - 15.7 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.9 - 10.6 L/100km
  • Width1877 - 1966 mm
  • Length4493 - 4567 mm
  • Trunk space283 L
  • Cargo space283 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Chevrolet Corvette

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Chevrolet Corvette 2014 - 2019 is available in 4 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Head-Up display (optional)
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Front view camera (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the Basic trim:
6.2 L - Gas - 455 hp
City consumption:12.2 - 14.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 - 9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:588 - 714 km
6.2 L - Gas - 460 hp
City consumption:13.7 - 14.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 - 9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:588 - 624 km

ZR1 trim features and specs

Available with the ZR1 trim:
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the ZR1 trim:
  • Digital radio
  • WiFi
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Front view camera (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the ZR1 trim:
6.2 L - Gas - 650 hp
City consumption:15.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:522 km

Z06 trim features and specs

Available with the Z06 trim:
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Z06 trim:
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Head-Up display (optional)
  • WiFi
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Front view camera (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Z06 trim:
6.2 L - Gas - 650 hp
City consumption:15.6 - 15.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:522 km

Grand Sport trim features and specs

Available with the Grand Sport trim:
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available with the Grand Sport trim:
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Grand Sport trim:
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Head-Up display (optional)
  • WiFi
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Front view camera (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Grand Sport trim:
6.2 L - Gas - 460 hp
City consumption:14.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:588 km

Frequently asked questions about the Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet calls the 755 horsepower Corvette ZR1 a supercar—a term reserved for limited-production cars with high price tags. Despite being thrilling rides, most Corvettes are not considered supercars.

New Corvettes start around $65,000 ($70,000 for convertibles) depending on the chosen options. Used Corvettes sell from just $20,000, although classic models from the 1950s can cost over $100,000.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 has a top speed of more than 335 km/h, making it the fastest Corvette road car ever built.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful model available. It has an LS9 engine with 755 horsepower and 715 pounds of torque.

The LS9 is a supercharged V8 small-block engine—the most powerful regular-production engine offered by GM. It's available in the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and can be retrofitted into older cars.