2019 Chevrolet Corvette Introduction

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.

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