2017 Chevrolet Corvette Review

2017 Chevrolet Corvette photo
  1. Original MSRP$55,450 - $92,395
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)15/26 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCoupe, Convertible

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Review

Overview
  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Chevrolet Corvette photo
  1. Original MSRP$55,450 - $92,395
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)15/26 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCoupe, Convertible

Overview

By Charles Krome (Last Updated 12/6/2017)

The latest edition of an American classic, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette offers sophisticated, super-car levels of performance with seating for two.

The 2017 Corvette has a standard V8 engine for its Stingray and Grand Sport models, and a supercharged V8 is standard in the highest-performing Corvette Z06. All three models of this sports car are available in coupe and convertible body styles.

New for 2017 is the Corvette Grand Sport. It honors a rare racing edition from 1963 with significant design and performance upgrades over the Stingray.

Exterior

The Corvette shows off a crisp, aerodynamic exterior with dramatically sculpted side vents and staggered wheels that are an inch larger in back than in front. Standard are 18- and 19-inch wheels, and upper trims use a 19- and 20-inch wheel configuration. For lighting, high-intensity discharge headlamps are set off by LED parking lights, turn signals and daytime running lamps in all trims. Multiple graphics packages, including different stripe styles, are available, and so are aero elements like rear spoilers. Chevrolet also provides a carbon-fiber hood and ground-effects package for the Z06.

Corvette coupes feature a removable roof panel as standard equipment. Transparent panels and panels with visible carbon-fiber weave are available. Meanwhile, the convertible’s power-operated soft top can be opened or closed with the vehicle in motion.

Interior

The cabin of the Corvette reflects its athletic nature, with standard bucket seats and a racing-style, flat-bottomed steering wheel. The standard seats also have eight-way power adjustability and perforated-leather surfaces, and the steering wheel comes with a standard leather wrap as well. Upgraded Competition Sport seats are available, as are powered bolsters and lumbar adjustment. Additional comfort can be provided by heating and ventilation for the seats. To allow further style choices, Chevrolet also offers accent-color cabin stitching, two-tone seating and carbon-fiber trim.

The Corvette coupe’s trunk can hold 15 cubic feet of cargo. There’s 10 cubic feet of trunk space in the convertible, which is twice as much as in a smaller convertible like the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Performance

A standard 6.2-liter V8 engine produces 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque for the 2017 Corvette, and an available performance-exhaust system increases that to 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The Corvette Z06, with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, delivers 650 horsepower, 650 pound-feet of torque, and 0-60 mph acceleration of under 3 seconds. Also available to boost Corvette performance are features such as a Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension and Brembo brakes. All Corvette models come with a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic.

Fuel economy ratings for the Corvette can be as high as 16/25 mpg city/highway with its standard manual gearbox. The Corvette Z06 is rated 15/22 mpg city/highway with the same transmission.

Technology

Notable infotainment technologies for the 2017 Corvette include a standard mobile Wi-Fi hot spot and 4G LTE connectivity, along with a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Available for the MyLink system are navigation and a Performance Data Recorder. That feature can record and monitor Corvette driving adventures in high-definition video for later playback. Bose provides a standard nine-speaker audio system, and a 10-speaker system from Bose, with two subwoofers, is optional. Among the Corvette’s key driver-assistance measures are a standard rearview camera and an optional curb-view system that helps with parking.

Specs & Features

exterior

  • Available colors

  • Admiral Blue Metallic
  • Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat
  • Arctic White
  • Sterling Blue Metallic
  • Blade Silver Metallic
  • Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat
  • Torch Red
  • Black Rose Metallic
  • Watkins Glen Gray Metallic
  • Black
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Stainless-steel
  • Exhaust: Quad Tip
  • Grille Color: Black
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Body style

  • Coupe
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 73.9 Inches
  • Width: 73.9 Inches
  • Length: 176.9 Inches
  • Height: 48.8 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 106.7 Inches
  • Rear Track Width: 61.7 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3298 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 63 Inches
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Front Tire Type: P245/40zr18
  • Front Wheel Diameter: 18.0 X 8.5 Inches
  • Rear Tire Type: P285/35zr19
  • Rear Wheel Diameter: 19.0 X 10.0 Inches

interior

  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Seats

  • 8-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Upholstery: Leather
  • Upholstery Accents: Perforated
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • Surround Sound
  • Total Speakers: 9
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Element
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
  • Internet Radio App: Pandora/Stitcher
  • Premium Brand: Bose
  • Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready/MyLink
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 52 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 2
  • Front Hip Room: 53.7 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 55.2 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 43 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 37.9 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 2
  • Seating Rows: 1
  • Cargo Volume: 15 Cubic Feet
  • Telematics systems

  • Driver Assistance App: Roadside Assistance
  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Phone: Voice Operated
  • Satellite Communications: OnStar/Voice Guided Directions
  • Wifi: Hotspot
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth

mechanical

  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.42
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Limited Slip Differential: Rear
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Short And Long Arm
  • Front Suspension Type: Short And Long Arm
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Monotube
  • Rear Spring Type: Leaf
  • Tuned Suspension: Sport
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Monotube
  • Front Spring Type: Transverse Leaf
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 8 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 6.2
  • Horsepower: 455
  • Torque: 460
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 7-speed Manual
  • Type: M
  • Gears: 7
  • Performance Specifications

  • Turning Circle: 37.7
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 16
  • Highway (MPG): 25
  • Combined (MPG): 19

warranties

  • Warranty information

  • Transferable Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion: Rust: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months/100,000 Miles

Safety

Safety Features

  1. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  2. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  3. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  4. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  5. Camera System: Rearview
  6. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  7. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  8. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  9. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  10. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  11. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  12. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  13. Brake Assist: Standard
  14. Side Curtain Airbags: Not Available

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