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The iconic Corvette is now a mid-engine design, the same format as exotic super-cars from Ferrari and Lamborghini. Under the rear glass hatch is a 6.2-liter V8 producing readily available 495 hp.
The engine is coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic that shifts in a rapid-fire, direct manner. Not only is the soundtrack glorious, but we clocked it at 3.4 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. Handling agility is superlative with immediate turn-in response, no roll and an ear-to-ear grin. And yet, the ride isn't punishing. Rear and side visibility, as well as cabin access, are severely hampered, however. The front trunk is small but the rear can accommodate the removable top. BSW and rear cross traffic warning are available on all but the base trim.
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2020
2020 Redesign Year
The redesigned 2020 Corvette Stingray underwent a radical change to a midengine design like exotic supercars from Ferrari and Lamborghini. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 495 hp with no turbo or electric assist.
The only transmission is an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Chevrolet says the new model will race to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. This version is extremely agile, with an invigorating sound, and yet the ride is docile. Rear and side visibility are severely hampered. There is cargo space up front and under the hatchback. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning are available on all but the base trim.
$98,975 - $117,375
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2014-2019
2014 Redesign Year
Where previous Corvettes were more like broadswords in terms of their raw capability, this version of the Corvette embraced some of the finesse of a rapier with quick reflexes, flat cornering, and more agility. Further, the cheap interior of past models is gone in favor of more refined environment.
For the 2015 model year, WiFi hotspot capability was added, the automatic transmission was upgraded from six- to eight speeds, and the line-topping Z06 with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 cranking out 650 hp was introduced. Changes for 2016 included Apple CarPlay capability, a front curb-view parking camera and a power-activated hatch/trunk closer.
$60,250 - $134,050
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$55,525 - $81,075
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$52,750 - $78,650
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$50,225 - $76,650
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$47,850 - $73,150
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$42,125 - $46,050
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2005-2013
2005 Redesign Year
The Corvette has nimble and secure handling, excellent brakes, and a tolerable ride. Responsive, well-weighted steering and tenacious grip allow it to corner with confidence and agility.
On the downside, interior fit and finish are unimpressive. We also found the convertible top a nuisance to operate. The redesigned 2005 Corvette was slightly smaller and lighter than the model it replaced. Base models get a 400-hp, 6.0-liter V8, but the Z06 uses a wicked 505-hp, 7.0-liter V8. The ride is comfortable and handling is capable, though it's less agile than some other sports cars.
$30,325 - $62,450
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$28,325 - $60,075
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$25,950 - $57,100
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$24,375 - $55,150
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$22,400 - $52,750
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$20,600 - $31,825
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$19,300 - $30,325
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$17,775 - $28,450
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$11,200 - $12,175
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1997-2004
Muscular V8 performance is what Corvettes are all about--a six-speed 2002 model we tested recently hit 60 mph in an astonishing 4.8 seconds. Power comes from a 350-horsepower V8 mated to a rear-mounted transmission for better weight distribution.
Stronger still is the ultra-high-performance Z06 coupe, which now makes 405 hp. Handling is responsive and very balanced at the limits. The ride is stiff but not punishing. Noise is constant, but the big V8's trademark exhaust note is unobjectionable. Even fuel economy is respectable. Raising and lowering the convertible top remain tedious, multi-step affairs, however. The turning circle is wide, making parking difficult. Fit and finish are unimpressive, and interior fittings lack the quality look and feel one expects in an expensive car.
$7,875 - $11,375
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$7,450 - $10,600
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$7,150 - $9,900
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$6,850 - $9,500
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$6,425 - $7,400
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