2019 Chevrolet Corvette Review, Release Dates, Prices

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette keep pushes its performance. This year marks the debut of a new powerful engine, the ZR1. Available in coupe and convertible body style, the Corvette range expands into four trim. All were developed on the famous Nürburgring North Loop and presented exceptional value compared to far more expensive European rivals, even though the ZR1 passed $120,000 price tag. You will not find other advanced sports cars with 755 horsepower for under $250,000. Even the base Stingray models still have 455 hp in a lightweight body, which is a lot for most people. In its seventh generation, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette also has improvements, manners, equipment, and talents to be more than just weekend adventurers.

POWERTRAINS

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette uses the traditional and powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine. The Stingray and Grand Sport have the naturally aspirated version. It develops 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. A performance exhaust that increases output to 460 hp is available on the Stingray and included on the Z51 and Grand Sport models. Thanks to a supercharger, the Corvette Z06 6.2-liter V8 generates 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. And thanks to altered aerodynamics, sportier suspension and more, it can make the most of it. The new-for-2019 ZR1 turns up the supercharged volume to the tune of 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful production car GM has ever built. All 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is rear-wheel drive and paired to a seven-speed manual gearbox with a rev-matching feature that blips the throttle to simulate heel-and-toe driving for smoother transitions between gears. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is optional.

6.2-liter V8 (Stingray, Grand Sport)
455 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 3.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 8.8 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 12.3 sec @ 118 mph
Top speed: 181 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/25 mpg (automatic), 16/25 mpg (manual)

6.2-liter V8 (Grand Sport)
460 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (w/active exhaust)
465 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm (w/active exhaust)
Zero to 60 mph: 4.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 8.8 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 12.3 sec @ 118 mph
Top speed: 175 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/23 mpg (automatic), 15/22 mpg (manual)

6.2-liter supercharged V8 (Z06)
650 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
650 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 3.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 7.3 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 11.4 sec @ 127 mph
Top speed: 185 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (manual), 14/23 mpg (automatic)

6.2-liter supercharged V8 (ZR1)
755 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
715 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 3.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 6.1 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 10.8 sec @ 135 mph
Top speed: 212 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 mpg (manual), 12/20 mpg (automatic)

INTERIOR

If there’s any doubt whether or not the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is a driver’s car, look no further than the interior. All major controls and readouts surround the driver like in a fighter jet cockpit for a snug, almost custom-fitted feel. Materials used are far better than in previous generations, though still not as nice what you’ll find in many comparably priced cars.

Overall comfort is commendable. Despite the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette performance, it won’t beat you up on a long drive or over imperfect pavement. The seats are well-shaped and adequately cushioned for long-distance touring. Opting for the adjustable side bolsters allows drivers to select the kind of lateral support needed for high-G cornering antics, while the available sport seats firmly anchor you in place. The Magnetic Ride Control system further enhances comfort, giving you the power to select softer ride-quality settings, and the cabin remains quiet enough at speed to have a conversation without raising your voice.

Thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it’s much easier to control infotainment functions. The underlying MyLink system is capable of controlling the same functions. One of the coolest features has to be the available performance data recorder, which uses a front-facing camera and numerous sensors to record your driving heroics on track, with a wealth of acceleration, braking and handling information available for review.

Cargo capacity, at 15 cubic feet, is admirable for the coupe. The space under the hatch itself is a bit shallow but expansive. Clever latches inside the hatch secure the removable roof panel when you need a little sun, but there won’t be much room left over for anything else. The convertible’s trunk can hold up to 10 cubic feet whether the top is down or up.

TRIM LEVELS

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is a two-seat sports car that is available in coupe and convertible body style. The standard Corvette comes in Stingray and performance-oriented Grand Sport. Both are available in three trim levels: 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. At the top, there’s the supercharged Z06 and supercar-killing ZR1.

Standard equipment for the Stingray 1LT include 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels with summer tires, Brembo brakes, xenon headlights, LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, OnStar with a 4G LTE data connection and Wi-Fi hotspot capability, a driver information display, Bluetooth, an 8-inch central touchscreen with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment interface, a rearview camera, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a nine-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio.

The Stingray 2LT come with front-view parking cameras, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, a head-up display, a cargo shade (coupe), upgraded interior trim, heated and ventilated seats with additional power adjustments, driver-seat memory settings, a theft-deterrent system, and a 10-speaker sound system. The Stingray 3LT models add premium leather upholstery with extended surface coverage, simulated-suede upper interior trim, and a navigation system that includes the Corvette’s unique performance data recorder.

The Stingray Z51 package upgrades the performance with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, larger front brakes, slotted brake rotors, sportier suspension tuning, revised transmission gear ratios for snappier responses (manual only), an electronic limited-slip differential, a differential cooler, dry-sump oiling for the V8 engine, and a dual-mode performance exhaust.

The Corvette Grand Sport mostly similar to the Stingray Z51 in terms of feature content, but it adds a bunch of performance equipment taken from the Z06, including an upgraded cooling system, wider fenders and tires, adaptive dampers, upgraded suspension components, and bigger brakes. Sport seats are optional on these trim levels.

The Z06 1LZ build on the Stingray Z51 1LT and adds a supercharged V8, a Z06-specific sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, larger brakes, wider tires, a carbon-fiber hood, a more aggressive aero package (wider front and rear fenders, expanded cooling vents, and a unique front grille and rear fascia) and the head-up display. The Z06 2LZ gets the 2LT upgrades, while the Z06 3LZ gets the 3LT upgrades.

Chevy also offers the Z07 performance package for the Grand Sport and Z06. It adds carbon-ceramic brakes, an even more aggressively tuned suspension, bigger and stickier tires, and extra aerodynamic body pieces.
The new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ups the power to 755 hp along with upgrades that mirror the Z07 package. It can be equipped with either the seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Exterior and interior styling cues also set the ZR1 apart. Its two trims, the 1ZR and 3ZR, otherwise match the equipment upgrades on 1LT and 3LT Corvettes.
Various interior and exterior styling and trim upgrades are also available, and some of the higher trim-level features, such as the audio system and performance data recorder, are optional on lower trims.

2019 CHEVROLET CORVETTE PRICING

MODEL

MSRP (include the $1,095 destination charge)

Stingray 1LT

$56,590

1LT with Z51 Performance Package

​​ $61,995

Stingray 2LT

$61,450

2LT with Z51 Performance Package

$66,450

Stingray 3LT

$66,740

3LT with Z51 Performance Package

​​ $71,740

Grand Sport 1LT

$66,995

Grand Sport 2LT

$71,450

Grand Sport 3LT

$76,740

Z06 1LZ

$81,995

Z06 2LZ

$85,560

Z06 3LZ

​​ $90,940

1ZR

$121,995

3ZR

$131,995

 

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