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2022 Chevrolet Corvette
Select a Different Model (6 Available): Stingray 1LT Convertible
Fuel Economy $ 15 / 27 mpg
Horsepower 490@6,450
Torque 465@5,150
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2022 Chevrolet Corvette MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Supercar-rivaling performance
  • Accessible pricing
  • Daily usability

Cons

  • Understeers at the limit
  • Controversial styling

We're expecting big things from the mid-engine C8 Corvette in its third model year; Chevrolet is likely to pull out the big guns and release an even more focused Z06 variant that improves on the Corvette's already supercar-level performance. The previous two generations of Corvette gained a Z06 variant in their second year on the market, so we're overdue for a new one. We're less confident about whether the AWD hybrid Corvette E-Ray will join the lineup for 2022.

What's New

  • Updates to V-8 engine calibration and direct injection fuel system
  • Low-profile rear spoiler, Z51 front splitter design to be offered on non-Z51 models
  • Three new paint colors: Amplify Orange Tintcoat, Caffeine, Hypersonic Gray
  • New IMSA GTLM Championship Edition (limited to 1,000 units)

Engine and Performance

The Corvette Stingray's 6.2-liter pushrod naturally aspirated V-8 delivers 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque—495 hp and 470 lb-ft with the Z51 pack's performance exhaust—and works with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to route power to the rear wheels.

The C8 Corvette's price-defying performance figures raised eyebrows and demanded headlines upon its release, and it remains a seriously impressive sports car. In our First Test, an example equipped with the Z51 performance package managed 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and a quarter mile in 11.1 seconds at 123.2 mph. (That said, we've tested a few C8s at this point and the launch control is inconsistent.) What's more, it even delivers decent fuel economy; the 2021 Corvette is EPA-rated at 15/27 mpg city/highway.

How Much Will the 2022 Corvette Cost?

When the Corvette was first introduced, it boasted a starting price below $60,000. But prices have gone up a bit since then. The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette starts at just above $62,000 for the coupe and more than $69,500 for the convertible. It's possible to option a Corvette into the six-figure range with the right packages and accessories.

What Is the Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship Edition?

Based on the high-end 3LT trim with the Z51 Performance package, this Corvette includes special graphics packages that vary with the paint color chosen. Other exterior updates include a high-wing spoiler in Carbon Flash trim, Black Trident wheels with yellow brake calipers, black side rockers, and splash guards. Inside the yellow-and-gray themed cabin, look for yellow seat belts and a C8.R Special Edition numbered plaque.

C8 Corvette Z06 Engine

From what we know, the upcoming Z06 will change things up from its predecessor, forgoing that car's supercharged V-8 for a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-plane V-8 that employs dual overhead cams instead of the pushrods at work in the standard 'Vette engine. The flat-plane crank should allow the hi-po V-8 to spin up to 9,000 rpm. Expect this screaming V-8 to deliver around 625 hp and well more than 400 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet has officially announced that the Z06 will debut for the 2023 model year—and you gotta hear how this thing sounds.

Is There a Hybrid Corvette?

Chevrolet hasn't officially announced any hybrid variants of its iconic sports car, but based on leaked reports and anonymous inside sources, there's more than one on the way. The first would be the E-Ray hybrid, a mid-level variant with the base Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8 augmented by a pair of electric motors driving the front wheels. We're also expecting a range-topping 1,000-hp "Zora" hybrid built around a twin-turbocharged version of the upcoming Z06's 5.5-liter V-8. The future of the Corvette is electrified, and we're excited.

Technology

We're not expecting any major changes to the Corvette's tech features for 2022. The standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display and 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster should carry over, and it's safe to assume Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will still be included on all models. A 10-speaker Bose setup will likely carry over as the base audio system, and the 14-speaker premium option should remain.

Outside infotainment tech, the C8 is notable for Chevrolet's Performance Data Recorder track-focused dash cam. It also offers a nose lift system to tiptoe over speed bumps and tricky angled ramps. What's clever about this system is that it uses GPS data to preemptively raise the nose at frequently used locations such as your home driveway or that pesky speed bump in your office parking lot.

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2022 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V8 6.2 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (M1L)
Trim
Stingray 1LT Convertible
Class
Premium Performance Car
Horsepower
490@6,450
Standard MPG
15/27
Body Style
Convertible
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
2/2
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated