2018 Chevrolet Corvette Review & Comparison for Kansas City, MO Shoppers

16/25  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
3.7  Sec.
0-60 MPH
15  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 Chevy Corvette?

The Corvette is the quintessential American sports car with a rich heritage stretching back over six decades. Sitting wide and low and characterized by a sporty exterior design with lots of ducts and scoops, the Corvette is a testament to America's ingenuity. Also worth mentioning is the Corvette's range of robust powertrains that deliver the best performance for the dollar.

2018 Chevy Corvette Interior

The 2018 Chevy Corvette comes with several revisions. For starters, Chevrolet makes the magnetorheological adaptive dampers available to all trims as stand-alone features and expands the information scope of the available performance data recorder. The automaker also gives the Z06 a Carbon 65 Edition trim package that adds a fiber-trimmed steering wheel, spoiler, and rear quarter vents.

Trim Explained

The 2018 Chevy Corvette is available as either a two-door coupe with a removable top or a convertible with a power-operated soft top. Chevrolet sells it in three main trims and six sub-trims: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT sub-trims for the Stingray and Grand Sport trims; and 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ sub-trims for the top-tier Z06. A Z51 variant is available to all Stingray versions and adds their performance potential with sport-oriented equipment.

The 1LT and 1LZ sub-trims start with 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, Brembo brakes, summer tires, leather upholstery, xenon headlights, LED running lights, climate control, and keyless ignition and entry. The tech department gets OnStar wireless connectivity, Bluetooth, an 8-inch central touchscreen, smartphone integration, a rear-view camera, a driver information display, satellite radio, two USB ports, a Bose nine-speaker sound system, and Chevy's MyLink infotainment interface.

Apart from the features that it shares with the 1LT, the 1LZ adds Z06-specific sport-tuned suspension, wider tires, larger brakes, a carbon-fiber hood, a more aggressive aerodynamic styling, and a head-up display.

2LT and 2LZ sub-trims build on their respective lesser siblings' features with a cargo shade, heated and ventilated seats, front-view parking cameras, driver-seat memory settings, an upgraded interior trim, auto-dimming mirrors, and a 10-speaker sound system. The 3LT and 3LZ add a navigation system, Nappa leather upholstery, the Performance Data Recorder, and a microfiber trim.

The Grand Sport and Z06 are already track stars but still get the Z07 performance package that adds Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, bigger and stickier Michelin tires, an even more aggressively-tuned suspension, and more aerodynamic components.

Chevy Corvette Engine & Transmission

2018 Chevy CorvetteThe Stingray, Stingray Z51, and Grand Sport come with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that churns out an impressive 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, an available performance exhaust adds 5 horsepower. The V-8 provides enough thrust to enable the models to make a zero to 60 mph run in 3.8 and 3.7 seconds with the standard seven-speed manual and the optional eight-speed automatic transmissions respectively. The engine further pushes the Corvette to the quarter mile in 11.9 and 12.0 seconds with the former and latter transmissions.

The Z06 provides a remarkable performance thanks to its supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine that spits out 650 galloping ponies and 650 lb-ft of torque. The model shoots from zero to 60 mph in an astounding 2.95 seconds with the automatic and 3.2 seconds with the manual. GM says that the automatic transmission beats Porsche's PDK transmission shift speed by about 80 milliseconds.

Excellent Safety Features

2018 Chevy CorvetteThe NHTSA and the IIHS are yet to test the 2018 Corvette because their budget, and conscience, do not allow them to crash vehicles of its caliber. However, the Corvette's low center of gravity and aerodynamic shaping reduce the chances of rolling significantly. Also, powerful Brembo brakes and an electric assist power steering give the driver sufficient control of the car at high speeds. It comes standard with OnStar telematics and a rear-view camera, while a head-up display and a curb-view camera are optional.

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