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.
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.
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.
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.
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.