2019 Chevrolet Corvette Expert Review

Editor's Overview

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette cements this seventh generation’s reputation as the finest version of this feature-packed, sensational American sports machine. In coupe or convertible form, the Vette comes with sharp supercar styling and V8-powered thrust running up to 755 horsepower in the exciting new 2019 ZR1. On roads and racetracks around the world, the Corvette can challenge Porsches, Jaguars and Aston Martins.

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If you want a lot of power for comparatively little cash, you're home. The stylish and refined new Corvette is a performance bargain in any form. Costlier European and Japanese rivals often offer less muscle. As well as this advantageous energy/finance equation, the world-class Corvette’s composite body also means an excellent power-to-weight ratio.

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Do you need four seats and/or all-wheel drive? Look elsewhere. As an archetypal sports car, the Corvette is a 2-seater deploying rear-wheel drive. The Porsche 911 (offering all-wheel drive) and Nissan GT-R (with standard all-wheel drive) have small rear seats that might work. The 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is roomier.

What's New

There’s a brand-new top-of-the-line Vette, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. This is a 755-horsepower beast whose prodigious amount of muscle puts it in an exclusive club that also includes Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bentley machines.

Interior Features

The Corvette didn’t become desirable because of its cabins, which have sometimes been distinctly joyless, plastic-y places over the years. That’s no longer the case. The 2019 Chevy Corvette’s interior is as smart as its exterior -- well built, well-appointed and one of the most comfortable in the sports-car class. Tech includes a standard 8-inch touch screen, while Wi-Fi and navigation are also available. The MyLink infotainment system is easy to use and compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Exterior Features

Designers of the current Corvette have cleverly paid tribute to some classic elements while making it an unmistakably 21st-century sports car. The long hood and low roof had to be included, but now the headlights are stretched, bold creases adorn the flanks, and the quad exhaust tips in the center of the rear fascia provide that final piece of drama before the car disappears toward the horizon. The entry-level Stingray is slightly shorter and has a narrower track than the rest of the range. Convertibles have a powered fabric roof that can be activated up to 30 mph.

Driving Impressions

The latest Corvette is absolutely the best yet, with acceleration, steering, cornering and braking that leave former iterations and many rivals in the dust. It’s fast. And thrilling. The Corvette’s comfort and convenience also help it carve its own niche in the sports-car world. Although it accommodates only two, the cabin is roomy and its seats are designed for the daily commute as much as the racetrack. For a sports machine with extreme handling talents, the Corvette also rides well, even more so when the adaptive suspension is installed. For greater speeds and excitement, the supercharged Z06 and new ZR1 are both breathtaking.

Pricing Notes

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe starts at $56,590, which is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) plus $1,095 destination charge. The convertible comes in at $65,590 before options. The Grand Sport coupe/convertible models start around $10,000 higher. We’re looking at $80,590 for the 2019 Z06 coupe and an extra $4,000 for the convertible version. The new top Corvette, the 2019 ZR1, starts at $122,095; add $4,000 for the convertible. Options can push a well-stocked ZR1 toward $150,000. Even in its relatively lowlier forms, the Corvette competes with (and undercuts) rivals like the Porsche 911, Audi R8, Nissan GT-R, Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar F-Type. The Corvette can meet or beat their performance, underlining the value of this famed American sports car. KBB.com Fair Purchase Price will tell you what others in your area are paying for their Corvette. The Corvette is also expected to have great resale values.

Notable Equipment

The 2019 Corvette comes in Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 versions, as coupes or convertibles. Even the least expensive Corvette coupe is still a machine to be reckoned with, sporting that mighty 6.2-liter V8 matched to a 7-speed manual transmission, plus staggered-width alloy wheels (19-inch up front; 20-inch out back), dual-zone climate control, power seats and a power-adjustable steering column. Also included are a rearview camera, 9-speaker Bose audio system with Bluetooth, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay capability, Wi-Fi, and two years/24,000 miles of complimentary maintenance.

Notable Options

It’s worth ordering the Z51 Performance Package for the Corvette Stingray that upgrades the brakes, suspension, tires and lubrication/cooling systems, while adding an electronic limited-slip differential and performance exhaust system. Magnetic Ride Control is an adaptive suspension with a range of settings from freeway to racetrack. Folks taking their Corvette to the track should check out the navigation system with data recorder, which has a windshield-mounted camera to record laps in high-definition video. Interior upgrades include suede trim, heated/ventilated seats, and an upgraded audio system. The Z07 package for the GS and Z06 includes carbon-ceramic brakes and the adaptive suspension.

Favorite Features

Z07 PACKAGE
To really exploit the potential of the exciting Z06, add this. It brings adjustable aerodynamic bodywork for increased downforce, super-grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors. Hitting 60 mph in 2.9 seconds with a 10.9-second quarter-mile is remarkably rapid, while the handling qualities are also amplified.

GM SMALL-BLOCK V8
General Motors’ small-block V8 engines are legends themselves. Drop one into an equally legendary sports car and the result is the new Corvette. The V8 in this 7th-generation car is a 6.2-liter unit. Chevy then had the inspired idea to add a supercharger, bringing us the Z06 and now the ZR1.

Under the Hood

One 6.2-liter V8, four possible outputs. The Stingray and Grand Sport have the naturally aspirated version. In the former, it develops 455 horsepower. An optional active-exhaust system (standard in the Grand Sport), raises that to 460 horsepower. The 2019 Corvette Z06 adds a supercharger for a fearsome 650 horsepower, while the brand-new 2019 ZR1 turns up the supercharged volume to the tune of 755 horsepower, making it the most powerful production car GM has ever built. All Corvettes have rear-wheel drive and employ a 7-speed manual gearbox with a rev-matching feature that blips the throttle to simulate heel-and-toe driving for smoother transitions between gears. An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is optional.

6.2-liter V8
455 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
460 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (w/active exhaust)
465 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm (w/active exhaust)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 mpg (Stingray, manual), 15/25 mpg (Stingray, automatic); 15/22 mpg (Grand Sport manual), 14/23 mpg (GS, automatic)

6.2-liter supercharged V8 (Z06, ZR1)
650 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
650 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
755 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
715 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (Z06, manual), 14/23 mpg (Z06, automatic); 13/19 mpg (ZR1, manual), 12/20 mpg (ZR1, automatic)

Editors' Notes

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette pushes the performance envelope yet again. This year marks the debut of a new extreme machine, the ZR1. So the Corvette range expands to four models, available in both coupe and convertible forms. Each has been developed on Germany’s famed (and sometimes frightening) Nürburgring North Loop and represents incredible value compared with its far more expensive European competition, despite the ZR1 breaking the $120,000 barrier. Try looking for another adept sports car with an amazing 755 horsepower for under $250,000. Even the entry-level Stingray still has 455 horsepower in a lightweight body, which is plenty for most people. The Corvette, now in its seventh generation, also has the manners, refinement, equipment and flair to be much more than a weekend adventurer.

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