What type of vehicle is the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette? What is compared?
A mid-engine sports car offered in coupe and convertible body styles, the Chevy Corvette takes on rivals as diverse as the Porsche 911 and 718, the Audi R8, and even the Nissan GT-R.
Is the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette a good car?
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This is fantastic. The Corvette puts its power into the pavement better than ever thanks to its mid-engine design. It’s also incredibly capable on the racetrack, and its value is unmatched given its performance. Our biggest problem is the lack of standard safety features. We give it a TCC rating of 7.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette?
Offered as a Stingray model with coupe and convertible body styles in 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT trim levels, Corvette added the Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition for 2022. It started as a 3LT with the Z51 Performance Package and was styled based on the C8.R GTLM race car. This car also uses a Carbon Flash coating for the rear spoiler and side mirrors, custom wheels with the Corvette Racing logo in the middle, and new side skirts. Limited to 1,000 units, each car comes with a numbered plaque, reinforced GT2 seats, custom car covers and yellow seat belts.
Chevrolet also improved the direct injection system, adjusted the engine calibration and cylinder deactivation system, and made the low-profile spoiler and front splitter of the Z51 package available separately.
The Corvette cuts the striking mid-engine shape, with a front-cabin design that creates a short hood, a wide rear with large air intakes, and a clear flat window above the engine. The Corvette crease is still prominent, perhaps more so than before, most notably in the angular nose.
Apart from the engine upgrade, the 6.2-liter V-8 continues with 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque or 495 hp and 470 lb-ft with the optional performance exhaust system. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The combo rockets the car from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, and that’s before the high-powered Z06 hits the market as a 2023 model. Fuel economy is decent at 24 mpg on the highway.
The mid-engine design helps power flow efficiently to the pavement, while also increasing handling and track prowess to unprecedented levels—at least without climbing the ladder to the Z06 or ZR1 models. The available magnetic damper balances agility with a smooth ride.
Inside, the two-person cockpit directs the controls towards the driver, almost ruling out passengers. Upholstered in leather and trimmed with carbon fiber, the cabin is tight yet attractive. Gone are the days of useful hatchback cargo space, replaced by a smaller frunk and a larger area behind the engine.
How much will a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette cost?
Famously, the Corvette started at under $60,000 when the 2020 mid-engine model debuted. Now prices go up to $62,195 for the coupe and $69,695 for the convertible, both including destinations. The new IMSA GTLM Championship Edition retails for $6,595 for both body styles, and the ZR1 Performance Pack costs $6,345.
Standard equipment on the base 1LT includes leather seats, 8.0-inch touchscreen, 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster, 10-speaker Bose audio system, remote start, and 19-inch front and 20-inch alloy wheels. Notable options include a heads-up display, a power front lift system that can remember where to activate, and a GM Performance Data Recorder that can record track sessions and record telemetry.
The Corvette lags behind in safety features. It doesn’t even offer the now ubiquitous automatic emergency braking. Only rear parking sensors are standard, and buyers can get rearview mirrors and a blind-spot monitor.
Where is the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette made?
In Bowling Green, Kentucky.