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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 9.5

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is thrilling to drive. Its two potent available engines are capable of jaw-dropping acceleration. Handling is not only sharp and grippy but also remarkably approachable. Whether you take it on a back-country tour or to the track, the Corvette is poised and comfortable.

  • "The latest Corvette is absolutely the best yet, with steering, cornering, braking and accelerating that leave former iterations and many rivals in the dust. The Corvette's comfort and practicality also set it apart. This is an everyday supercar." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "I put 'sports car' in quotation marks because – especially with the optional Z07 package with carbon-ceramic brakes, a downforce-inducing, carbon-fiber aero package, and barely road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires – the Grand Sport is pushing up near 'supercar' territory." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "The Corvette Grand Sport is one of the easiest cars on the market to drive fast. In fact, with it's stellar Magnetic Ride Control, impressive brakes and sticky tires, it makes you a better driver than you probably deserve to be." -- CNET (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The Corvette Stingray comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, and an eight-speed automatic is available. Power output depends on the exhaust system: With the standard system, the Corvette is rated at 455 horsepower. This nudges up to 460 horsepower with the performance exhaust system (the standard setup in the Corvette Grand Sport). Step on the gas, and this V8 sounds and feels meaty, with more than enough power on tap. Fuel economy is lower than the average sports car, at 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

The Corvette Z06 has the same size engine (a 6.2-liter V8), but special tuning and a supercharger help yield its 650-horsepower rating. With that much power, acceleration is exhilarating. Its EPA-estimated gas mileage is 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway.

  • "Sixty-three years later, Chevy's legendary sports car is still packing a big V8, now displacing 6.2 liters, and its rock-and-roll soundtrack and tire-shredding thrust will put a smile on your face and endorphins in your bloodstream." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • There's something wonderful about an American sports car with a big V8 under the hood, and the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette is a case in point. Even the base engine has an abundance of power, accompanied by a brash growl when unleashed. The standard seven-speed manual transmission features perfect, rev-matched downshifts that can be enabled or disabled via the column-mounted paddles. Driver beware, though – with that extra seventh gear, the gates are rather close together, which could cause some unintended second-to-first shifts." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Getting after it in the canyons with the Grand Sport is a little easier than in the Z06, from which it takes many performance parts. In large part, this is due to the significant difference in power. … This particular car came with the eight-speed automatic, satisfactory on up- and downshifts, yet, I longed to row the gears myself." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Corvette is a rear-wheel-drive sports car. Its handling is among the best in the class, with steering and brake systems capable of tackling any race track with ease. It's also skilled on the street and it provides a comfortable ride. For an extra-smooth ride (or for added performance at high speeds), look for the available Magnetic Selective Ride Control. This suspension system rapidly adapts to changing road conditions, and you can tune it for either comfort or competition using the drive mode selector.

  • "The latest Corvette is the best yet, with steering, cornering, braking and accelerating capability that leaves former iterations -- and current rivals -- in the dust." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Still, the turn-in is very sharp indeed. The Magnetic Ride Control adjusts the suspension 10 times faster than the blink of an eye, keeping everything flat through the turns. The Cup 2 tires offer massive grip, and with the extra aero package, the car never got out of sorts. The brakes felt solid through all of my sessions, never fading or getting spongey. Essentially I just pointed the 'Vette and jammed on the gas, the Grand Sport obeying my commands with no trace of understeer, just good old American fun." -- CNET (2017)
  • "But it's nearly as good on the street. It's somehow stiff without beating up the driver at all. I was avoiding potholes, as I always do, but you probably wouldn't even need to. That magnetic ride control is must, must have. Steering is a little light, even though it makes things easier at slow speeds, but still direct. It does tighten and quicken up once you start moving." -- Autoweek (2016)

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