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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Walk Around


The Corvette C7 is wide, low, and looks fast. The long hood, swept windshield, and bluff rear end define the proportions. It’s also never met a slit, scoop, or duct it doesn’t like. The busy curves and creases intersect and warp. The sharp lines, angles, and vents give it the air of a supercar, but they tire your eyes.

At least the extreme number of lines and surfaces announce what the Corvette is all about. Especially the Z06, with even wider fenders and an array of aero additions.

Interior

The Corvette’s cabin needs pricey optional trim, like aluminum or carbon-fiber, to move beyond the look of basic. The Corvette could learn some things from the Porsche 718, for its tight, low-key interior.

That’s not to say the ‘Vette isn’t sharp and modern. Everywhere the materials are good, with a lot of soft-touch surfaces. Touches like the passenger climate controls integrated into the outboard vent make this sports car feel like a grand touring car. The Porsche 911 and Mercedes AMG GT have a higher grade of trim, but they cost twice as much.

The instrument panel is simple and driver-focused. The optional carbon fiber makes the Corvette feel like a six-figure supercar; so do the optional suede and rich leather, in deep designer colors.

The standard front seats are great, supportive and grippy, with a highly adjustable driver’s seat and a adjustable steering wheel; but the optional seats are greater. You can reach the shift lever without contortions. The Competition Sport seats have a race-inspired form and function for hard cornering.

The cabin is snug but not tight. There’s good head, hip and legroom in front, even for six-footers. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is a bit small but comfortable.

Storage is good for a sports car. There are a few cubbies and boxes, with a hidden compartment behind the nav screen for your phone, with a jack. The real magic is the large, flat cargo area under the hatch of the coupe. It holds a surprising amount of luggage or stuff, making the Corvette almost practical. Convertibles have a trunk with less space, but it’s still adequate.

The convertible’s tight top seats itself at the top of the windshield, allowing you to raise or lower the top at speeds of up to 30 mph. Wind buffeting is stronger than some touring convertibles, but it’s not bad. Get the optional dealer-installed wind-blocker for an improvement.

Rear visibility is miserable. The standard rearview camera is necessary when backing up, but it doesn’t help when you’re trying to see what’s happening behind you on the freeway.

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