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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Walk Around


The C7 is a wild, extroverted scoop addict. More slits and ducts. Wide, low and fast. The long hood, swept windshield, and muscular chopped haunches make the proportions and profile. The curves and creases intersect and warp. The sharp lines, angles, and vents say supercar. The Z06, with fatter fenders and more aerodynamic bits, fairly shouts it.

There’s a lot to look at, in a Corvette. It can be work. Your eyes can get tired.

Interior

The standard cabin trim in the Corvette’s is too standard. It needs optional aluminum or carbon-fiber to look correctly Corvette. Actually the carbon fiber makes it feel like a supercar. The suede and rich leather come in designer colors.

Still, the interior doesn’t match that of the Porsche 718, which is tight and low key. The Corvette is sharp and modern.

The instrument panel is simple and driver-focused.

Of course the materials are good and the touch is generally soft. The Porsche 911 and Mercedes AMG GT, costing much more, have higher quality trim. Some things make the Corvette feel like a grand touring car, for example the passenger climate controls integrated into the outboard vent.

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. The optional dealer-installed wind-blocker makes it better.

Rear visibility is very poor, as with many high-performance cars. The standard rearview camera is useful when backing up, but it isn’t available when you’re trying to see what’s happening behind you on the freeway. Corvette C7 racecars have a video camera on the dash that’s the rearview mirror. Eventually the technology for road cars will go there.

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