What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette? What does it compare to?
An American exotic, the Corvette is a mid-engine sports car available as a coupe or convertible. Competitors include the Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GT-R, and Porsche 911 and 718.
Is the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette a good car?
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It’s a great sports car with performance that borders on supercar territory. The Corvette has a rumbling V-8 that puts its power to the pavement efficiently. The mid-engine design gives it great balance on a twisty road or racetrack, and its ride is comfortable enough to drive it every day. This all comes at value prices compared to its European rivals. That earns it a TCC Rating of 6.6 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette?
The 2023 model year marks the return of the high-performance Z06 but this time with a different kind of engine. It’s powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 inspired by the Corvette racing program. Equipped with a flat-plane crank, it can rev to 8,600 rpm and produces 670 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Chevrolet also introduces a $5,995 70th Anniversary Package for 2023 with special paint and wheels, plus two-tone leather seats with red contrast stitching and red seat belts.
The C8 Corvette’s design comes off as a mix of C7 Corvette and late-model Ferrari. It has a traditional Corvette pointed nose and headlights and taillights influenced by those of previous generations. The form factor, however, is Ferrari, with a cab-forward design highlighted by pronounced air intakes in front of the rear wheels. The coupe’s clear window shows off the engine like a piece of jewelry.
The cabin seats only two, though it has good room for both occupants. The design, however, angles all the controls and screens toward the driver. It also separates the passengers with an angled wall that extends from the center console to the dash and plays home to the climate controls.
American muscle sits behind the driver. In the Stingray, it’s a 6.2-liter V-8 that churns out 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. An optional performance exhaust increases both figures by five. It comes hooked to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle that pushes the power to the rear wheels. The weight over the rear wheels improves traction and enables a 0-60mph time of 2.9 seconds. The V-8 isn’t efficient, though, with EPA ratings of 16 mpg city, 24 highway, 19 combined.
The Corvette rides and handles well, too. It’s agile in short spaces, has lots of grip, even with the base all-season tires, and in Z06 or Z51 form, features the cooling and braking necessary for track duty. The available magnetic dampers improve both the ride and handling, making the Corvette Stingray a viable daily driver.
We haven’t driven the Z06 yet and we’ll update this report once we get behind the wheel.
How much does the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette cost?
The 2023 Corvette Stingray costs $65,595 for the coupe and $73,095 for the convertible. The new Corvette Z06 coupe costs $106,395 or $113,895 for the convertible.
The base Stingray has leather 8-way power seats, a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, remote start, and 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels. Both body styles offer at least some open-air driving, as the coupe has a removable targa top and the convertible gets a power hard top.
The Corvette is behind the times for safety as it completely lacks automatic emergency braking and comes standard with only rear parking sensors. Blind-spot monitors and a rear camera mirror are optional.
Where is the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette made?
In Bowling Green, Kentucky.
(With Inputs from highgearmedia)
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