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2024 Chevrolet Corvette Assessment, Pricing, and Specs




Overview

While it competes with thoroughbred sports cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette is as American as apple pie, cowboys, and jazz. The C8 generation model has adopted a mid-engined layout and exotic-car proportions, and its performance smokes any relatively-affordable sports cars it shares a track day with. A naturally aspirated, pushrod V-8 is standard and makes up to 495 horsepower but there’s a new hybrid powertrain coming for the 2024 model year that promises to push performance up further. Since its launch, the C8 Corvette has been a staff favorite at the Car and Driver offices, not only because of its sharp handling and seemingly-endless power but because of how easy it is to live with daily. Sure, there are only two seats, but with cargo space behind the engine and under the front hood it’s practical as sports cars go. Plus, opt for one of the higher trims and the Corvette impresses with a surprising level of luxury.

What’s New for 2024?

A hybrid powertrain joins the Corvette lineup for 2024 and those models will bear the name E-Ray. From leaked images of the E-Ray configurator on Chevrolet’s website, we can see that it will wear the same widened body kit and front-end treatment as the high-performance Z06 model but with a few tweaks such as body-color accents in place of black painted ones. Chevrolet hasn’t released any official details about the E-Ray’s powertrain, but rumors are swirling that it will be all-wheel drive and offer a significant boost in power over the standard gas-powered car’s maximum of 495 ponies. The E-Ray is expected to debut officially in the summer of 2023.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Stingray 1LT

$66,000 (est)

E-Ray 1LT

$70,000 (est)

$74,000 (est)

E-Ray 2LT

$78,000 (est)

Stingray 3LT

$79,000 (est)

E-Ray 3LT

$83,000 (est)

The Corvette is available as either a coupe or a convertible with a folding hard top. Since the coupe’s roof lifts off for open-top motoring anyway, we’d stick with it. We’d instead spend the money to upgrade to the 2LT version, which adds several features, including a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charging pad, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, a 14-speaker Bose stereo system, blind-spot monitoring, and much more. The Z51 performance package is also a must-have, as it brings all of the Corvette’s best performance-oriented gear.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Situated behind the passenger compartment is a 6.2-liter V-8 making 490 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. With the dual-mode performance exhaust that is part of the Z51 package, it makes 495 horsepower. The Z51 option also adds an electronic limited-slip rear differential, more aggressive brakes, and summer tires. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic (a Corvette first) is the sole transmission. It is controlled by a push-button gear selector on the center console or two large steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A manual transmission is not available. In our testing, the Corvette Stingray recorded a zero-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 122 mph in a car equipped with the Z51 performance package and the optional FE4 magnetorheological dampers. We managed a braking distance of 149 feet from 70 mph and recorded 1.03 g’s on the skidpad. Even in base form, however, the new Corvette is capable of heroic handling and delivers big thrills on both road and track. The new hybrid E-Ray model will add electrification to the mix which will undoubtedly give performance a big boost, especially since that model may come standard with all-wheel drive.

leaked chevy corvette eray configurator

Chevrolet, Corvette Blogger

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Corvette earns EPA fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. We subjected it to our own 200-mile highway fuel-economy test and recorded 26 mpg, 1 mpg less than expected. The last generation—remember the Corvette with the engine in the front?—managed a 27-mpg result in the same test. Will the new hybrid E-Ray give drivers more miles per gallon? We’ll have to wait and see when the car is officially unveiled. For more information about the Corvette’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Corvette is a pure two-seater, and its interior comes lined with materials such as leather, real metal trim, and imitation suede; it even has a fancy stitched headliner. Speaking of the roof, it’s removable on the coupe, just like previous Corvettes, and it fits inside the trunk just aft of the engine compartment. The rear trunk can also accommodate two golf bags, and the front trunk offers space for luggage or cargo while the roof is stowed. The driver sits behind a squared-off steering wheel and a 12.0-inch reconfigurable gauge display; a large infotainment touchscreen is angled toward the driver for ease of use. The interior design takes the driver-focused concept to the max, bisecting the cockpit with a tall bank of switches for the car’s climate-control system. Overall, the Corvette’s cabin is quite good. Upgrading to the 3LT trim gets you upgraded materials, such as sewn leather on most of its interior surfaces, plus carbon-fiber trim. The new Corvette’s two trunk areas, one ahead of the passenger compartment and one behind the engine, offer a total of 13 cubic feet of storage space. Chevrolet says the Corvette can fit two sets of golf clubs stacked on top of each other in the rear compartment. In our testing, we were able to fit our set of clubs easily, so Chevy’s claim seems valid. When it came time to see if there was room for our carry-on–size suitcases, we were able to fit one in the Corvette’s front trunk and two in the rear compartment.

leaked chevy corvette eray configurator

Chevrolet, Corvette Blogger

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Corvette uses Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 Plus system, which features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth audio streaming, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The system is easy to use and quick to respond to commands.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Corvette can be had with a limited number of driver-assistance features, but none are standard on the base model. For more information about the Corvette’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

While its performance is amazing, the Corvette’s warranty coverage is strictly average. At least the first maintenance service is covered at no cost.

  • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51

VEHICLE TYPE
mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door targa

PRICE AS TESTED
$88,310 (base price: $64,995)

ENGINE TYPE
pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement

376 cu in, 6162 cc
Power
495 hp @ 6450 rpm

Torque
470 lb-ft @ 5150 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/control arms
Brakes (F/R): 13.6-in vented disc/
13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP, F: 245/35ZR-19 (89Y) TPC Spec 3120 R: 305/30ZR-20 (99Y) TPC Spec 312

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.2 in
Length: 182.3 in
Width: 76.1 in
Height: 48.6 in
Passenger volume: 51 cu ft
Cargo volume: 13 cu ft
Curb weight: 3647 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.2 sec
Zero to 60 mph: 2.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 7.2 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 13.2 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 19.4 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 3.5 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 1.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 11.2 sec @ 122 mph
Top speed (drag limited, mfr’s claim): 184 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 149 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.03 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
75-mph highway driving: 26 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 19/16/26 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

2023 Chevrolet Corvette 3LT Convertible Z51

VEHICLE TYPE
mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible

PRICE

Base/As Tested: $84,845/$100,060

ENGINE

pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 376 in3, 6162 cm3

Power: 495 hp @ 6450 rpm

Torque: 470 lb-ft @ 5150 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: control arms/control arms

Brakes, F/R: 13.6-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP

F: 245/35ZR-19 (89Y) TPC Spec 3120

R: 305/30ZR-20 (99Y) TPC Spec 3121

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 107.2 in

Length: 182.3 in

Width: 76.1 in

Height: 48.6 in

Passenger Volume: 51 ft3

Cargo Volume: 13 ft3

Curb Weight: 3747 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 3.0 sec

100 mph: 7.6 sec

1/4-Mile: 11.4 sec @ 120 mph

130 mph: 13.9 sec

150 mph: 20.5 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.7 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.9 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.6 sec

Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 184 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 154 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 313 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.01 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

75-mph Highway Driving: 24 mpg

75-mph Highway Range: 440 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/City/Highway: 19/16/24 mpg

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