The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette
is a sports car that has been in continuous production since 1953. It’s currently in its seventh generation, which entered production for the 2014 model year. The Corvette has been made in Bowling Green, Kentucky since 1981 and is the only sports car manufactured in the United States. It has used a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive (FMR) layout since 1984 and is available as a two-door coupe and two-door convertible.
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The seventh-generation (C7) Corvette is the first to bear the Stingray name since 1968. The design
for this version began in 2007 and was originally planned for introduction in the 2011 model year, although production was delayed until 2014. Designers initially considered mid-engine and rear-engine layouts, but eventually decided on a FMR platform to reduce costs. The 2018 Corvette uses an independent double-wishbone suspension with transverse mono-leaf springs made of fiberglass. Adjustable dampers that provide stiffer suspension on commande are also available as an option.
The C7 design makes a bold styling statement that includes general improvements to the interior. The aggressive angular elements of the C7 Corvette are inspired by the fifth-generation Camaro, especially the squared rear end with its trapezoidal taillights. The four exhaust pipes line up in a row in the center of the rear end to accentuate this effect.
The extensive use of functional aerodynamic effects is also a radical departure from the design of the C6 Corvette, which had no spoiler and only moderately functional gills for cooling the front brakes. Furthermore, previous generations of the Corvette have minimized the appearance of the headlamps or hid them entirely. In contrast, the C7 Corvette has LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with detailed styling.
What’s New for the 2018 Corvette
The 2018 Corvette
has many minor changes, including a new exterior color and accent color for the interior. The lens for the backup camera has a wider angle, and the performance data recorder (PDR) records additional data elements. The Carbon 65 trim is also available for the 2018 model year to celebrate the Corvette’s 65th year in continuous production. This special-edition trim is essentially a Corvette Grand Sport with carbon-fiber elements, including trim and spoiler. Only 650 Corvettes will be made with the Carbon 65 trim.
The base engine for the C7 Corvette is the new LT1 6.2-liter small block V8, which generates 455 horsepower (hp) at 6,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) and 460 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque at 4,600 rpm. A performance exhaust increases those figures to 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. A 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 is also available with the Z06 variant, which generates 650 hp at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm.
A seven-speed Tremec TR-6070 manual transmission is standard for all versions of the 2018 Corvette. An eight-speed GM 8L90 automatic transmission is also available as an option. The gates on the manual transmission are tightly spaced as expected of a sports car, especially for fifth through seventh gears. Many drivers will want to rely on the information display for these upper gears to determine which gear they’re in before making a shift.
The LT1 engine delivers high power all the way up to its redline of 6,500 rpm, especially with the performance exhaust. This configuration accelerates the 2018 Corvette from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with manual transmission and 3.7 seconds with automatic transmission. The standing quarter-mile time with manual transmission is 12.3 seconds with a finishing speed of 116 mph. The LT4 with manual transmission and a professional driver has a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.3 seconds and standing quarter-mile time of 11.4 seconds with a finishing speed of 127 mph.
Its low center of gravity and unusually wide tires provide the 2018 Corvette with very high cornering capability, even by sports car standards. Its maximum cornering capability is 1.03 g with standard suspension. The adjustable dampers allow the driver to control the suspension, resulting in a surprisingly comfortable ride in Tour mode. Sport and Track modes progressively increase the suspension, resulting in cornering of 1.11 g in Track mode.
The braking on the 2018 Corvette is particularly good, especially when equipped with the optional carbon-ceramic brakes. This configuration brings the Corvette to a complete stop from 70 mph in just 139 feet, which is at least five less than any other car in its class.
Fuel Economy of the Corvette
The 2018 Corvette’s large, naturally aspirated engine requires engineers to use advanced technologies such as variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation to maximize fuel economy. The LT1 engine with manual transmission has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel economy of 15 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined. This engine has virtually the same fuel economy with automatic transmission, with EPA estimates of 15 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined.
The observed fuel economy of a 2018 Corvette with an LT1 engine and manual transmission is 26 mpg on a level course at 75 mph. The Corvette’s 18.5-gallon tank thus provides a cruising range of about 500 miles.
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The Corvette series routinely includes multiple variants that change between model years. The variants for 2018 include the Stingray, Grand Sport and Z06, in increasing order of performance. The Z51 performance package improves the performance of the Stingray, while the Z07 package further increases performance for the Grand Sport and Z06.
All variants of the 2018 Corvette have an LT1 engine except for the Z06, which has the LT4 engine. A performance exhaust system is available as an option on the Stingray, but is a standard feature on the other variants and performance packages. Sport seats are options for Corvettes variants.
The Z51 package upgrades the Stingray’s performance with 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the rear. It also changes the gear ratios for the manual transmission to improve acceleration off the line and stiffens the suspension. Larger front brakes with slotted brake rotors are also major upgrades for this package. Additional features of the Z51 package include the following:
• Electronic limited-slip differential
• Dry-sump oiling for the engine
• Dual-mode performance exhaust
• Differential cooler
The Grand Sport generally has the same features of the Z51 package. However, it also adds many other features from the Z06 that improve performance, including adaptive dampers and other components that upgrade the suspension. The Grand Sport also has wider fenders and tires, larger brakes and a better cooling system than the Stingray.
The supercharged LT4 V8 engine is the primary difference between the Z06 and other variants of the 2018 Corvette. The Z06 also includes a suspension system specifically designed for performance driving and a more aggressive aerodynamics package that includes wider fenders and larger cooling vents. Additional features of Z06 include a new front grille and rear fascia.
The Z07 package is available for the Grand Sport and Z06, which stiffens the Corvette’s suspension even further. It also adds carbon-ceramic brakes, more aerodynamic pieces and larger tire made of softer rubber to increase traction.
Corvette Trim Levels
All versions of the 2018 Corvette are available with the LT1, LT2 and LT3 trim levels. Each trim level includes the features of the one below it unless otherwise stated.
The LT1 trim includes 18-inch tires in the front and 19-inch tires in the rear. Addition features include the following:
• Brembo brakes
• Power-adjustable front seats and steering wheel
• Rearview camera
• Dual-zone automatic climate control
• Xenon headlights
• LED running lights
• Leather upholstery
• Keyless ignition and entry
The LT1 trim includes an infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen that uses Chevy’s MyLink interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth and two USB ports. The OnStar
communications system with a 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot is also a standard feature of the LT1 trim. Additional features of the LT1’s infotainment system include a nine-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio.
The LT2 trim adds front-view parking cameras, auto-dimming mirrors, a heads-up display and a cargo shade for the coupe. The seats have heating, ventilation, more power adjustments and memory settings for the driver seat. The LT2 trim also has a 10-speaker sound system and generally upgrades the interior trim.
The LT3 trim adds a navigation system with the Corvette's unique PDR. It also upgrades to premium leather upholstery with simulated suede for the upper interior.
2018 Corvette Exterior
The 2018 Corvette is longer and wider than other sports cars currently on the market. The lower suspension and wider fenders of the Grand Sport also make it slighter shorter and wider than the Stingray. The length of both of these Corvette models is 176.9 inches. The height of the 2018 Corvette is 48.8 inches for the Stingray and 48.6 inches for the Grand Sport. The width of the Stingray is 73.9 inches, and the Grand Sport’s width is 77.4 inches.
The availability of 19-inch front tires and 20-inch rear tires is one of the most significant exterior changes for the 2018 Corvette, which may be a standard feature depending on the specific model. The Heritage package available for the Grand Sport variant now offers a center stripe in Satin Black, in addition to the other choices available from 2017.
The exterior colors available for the 2018 Corvette at no extra charge are as follows:
• Arctic White
• Torch Red
• Admiral Blue Metallic
• Blade Silver Metallic
• Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic
• Watkins Glen Gray Metallic
Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic is new for 2018, while the Sterling Blue from last year has been discontinued. The 2018 Corvette is also available in premium colors for an additional charge, which include Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat, Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat and Sebring Orange Tintcoat.
Corvette buyers can select the color of the convertible top independently of the primary exterior color. These colors include black, blue, gray, Kalahari and Spice Red, with Spice Red being new for 2018.
2018 Corvette Interior
The interior color options for the LT1 trim are gray, jet black and Adrenaline Red. The LT2 and LT3 trims also add Kalahari and Spice Red, with Spice Red being new for 2018. The carbon fiber appointments that are standard on the Carbon 65 model are also an option on the LT3 trim.
The 2018 Corvette has 43 inches of legroom, which is the most in its class. It also has plenty of headroom at 38 inches. Its low profile means the driver sits close to the ground, as indicated by its seating height of 15.1 inches. The distance from the driver’s feet to the ground, or step-up height, is similarly short at 12.1 inches.
Driver visibility is divided into front and rear zones, with a semicircle comprising each zone. Visibility is measured in degrees, so each zone has a maximum of 180 degrees. The visibility of the 2018 Corvette is 154 degrees for the front and 88 degrees for the rear. Roadway obscurement is another way to measure blind spots in a car, which is the distance below which the driver can’t see the road in front of the car. The forward obscurement of the 2018 Corvette is 12 feet, which is the lowest in its class.
The interior sound level of the Corvette is highly dependent on the engine, with the trim level being a comparatively minor factor. The sound level of a Grand Sport traveling 70 mph is 77 decibels (dB).
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