Review: 2017 Chevrolet Corvette

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Review

The roads of Central Virginia are made for cruising, and what better way to take in the scenery than in a Corvette coupe or convertible? Whether you take it to the tracks to let the engine soar or just want a powerful, classic muscle car to roam the streets, you won't find a better performance car at a sub-$60K price range.

The classic Chevy sports car has been on the road for six decades, but still bests younger models in nearly every category. Read on for our full review of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette.

Performance

It's not every day you'll need performance that can compete with Porsche and Aston Martin, but when you do have the chance to let the engine breathe, you'll be glad you chose the Corvette that can go from zero to 60 in 2.95 seconds. There's a reason the 2017 model has a 9.8 (out of 10) consumer rating, per Kelley Blue Book.

There are three main versions of the 2017 Corvette: Stingray, Grand Sport, and Z06. The first two are powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The Z06 model has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that makes an impressive 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Both options are mated to a 7-speed manual transmission with rear-wheel drive, or an available 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters, specially designed by GM. Magnetic Ride Control gives the Corvette adaptable suspension for on and off the track.

Features

The Corvette has a top-quality standard infotainment system, with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 8-inch touchscreen, 9-speaker Bose sound system, Sirius XM radio, dual-zone climate control, 8-way power adjustable seats, Bluetooth connectivity, rear vision camera, OnStar Guidance Plan, and subscription-based 4G WiFi. There's also an available 10-speaker Bose audio system, MyLink with performance data recorder and navigation, universal home remote, and advanced theft deterrent system.

Styling and Interior

The Stingray has a clean, minimalistic design that keeps the classic muscle car look, with an elongated hood, low roofline, and rear hatch. This year's model has stretched headlights and athletic creases and curves for a sculpted profile, and quad exhaust pipes in the rear center. Grand Sport and Z06 models have added vents, badging, and carbon-fiber roof panel. Available external accessories include decals and racing stripes, performance aero kit, and underhood liner. All models have 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear, and the Z06 features distinctive pearl nickel-painted aluminum wheels.

This two-person coupe or convertible has a driver-centric cockpit with aluminum and carbon-fiber accents and supportive GT bucket seats with 8-way power adjustment. The Corvette also has available suede trim, and heated and ventilated seating.

Pricing

Starting at $55,450 MSRP

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