Reviews

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Driving Impressions


The C7 Corvette is bred for performance. It can run with cars that cost twice as much. Its 6.2-liter V8, designated LT1, makes all the right sounds, and pushes the car through the quarter mile in 12 seconds with the 7-speed manual transmission, which mates great with the engine. The paddle-shifting 8-speed automatic, designed and built by GM, is a tenth quicker. It matches any dual clutch, and in fact Chevy says it beats the Porsche PDK shift times by 80 milliseconds, an eternity in the world of performance transmissions. During our test miles on the street and the track, we found that the 8-speed does a remarkable job using the paddles or letting the transmission shift itself, programmed by the Drive Mode Selector.

The Performance Traction Management system helps the driver control the car at race speeds. Even with the electronic aids shut down, the Stingray shows off remarkable poise and balance. Flat cornering, over 1 g of lateral grip, nimble reflexes, and accurate electric power steering yield satisfying times for the enthusiast. The Stingray transmits feedback to the driver so it’s easy to feel what the car is doing.

If that weren’t enough, a Z51 package is available to make the Stingray’s performance even hotter. It includes lighter wheels, bigger brakes, an electronic rear differential, adjustable dampers, and tweaked aerodynamics including a rear spoiler. The Magnetic Ride Control is available on Stingrays without the whole Z51 package, along with the wheels and spoiler.

Request More Info