July 6, 2022

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Chevy’s mid-engine Corvette ramps up style, performance

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Chevrolet’s drastically redesigned Corvette Stingray sportscar – now with a mid-engine configuration – debuted two years ago, and returns for 2022 with a starting price of $60,200 (plus $1,295 freight) for the base 1LT coupe and $68,400 for the base convertible.
Corvette’s first mid-engine configuration was designed to give the Stingray better weight distribution, improved response and more sense of control, with the driver sitting closer to the front axle, almost on top of the front wheels.

This ’Vette also has the fastest zero-60 mph time of any entry Corvette ever — under three seconds when equipped with the Z51 Performance Package ($6,345), included on our 2022 Stingray 2LT coupe test vehicle (base price $68,200).
The mid-engine layout also gives the driver and passenger a race car-like view of the road due to lower positioning of the hood, instrument panel and steering wheel, Chevrolet says.

With the mid-engine, the new model has front and rear trunks for a total of 12.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, ideal for luggage or two sets of golf clubs
The Stingray is powered by Chevy’s newest 6.2-liter small block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment, producing 495 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque (when equipped with performance exhaust), the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

It’s connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch electric-shift gearbox. The manual transmission has been eliminated.
Benefits of the mid-engine layout include better weight distribution (rear weight bias enhances straight-line performance), better responsiveness and control (driver positioned closer to the front axle), and excellent forward line of sight (lower hood, instrument panel and steering wheel).

Six configurations are available, all with the 6.2-liter engine and the eight-speed auto-shift manual with overdrive and auto-manual, and rear-wheel drive. 
Coupe and convertible styles are available in three levels, each with distinct features: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT.
For this report, I drove the 2LT coupe in the Caffeine Metallic (brown) exterior color, with body-color exterior accents ($995), chrome exterior badge package ($100), and “staggered: wheels – 19 inches in the front, 20 inches in the rear – with five trident-spoke machined-face sterling silver-painted aluminum wheels ($1,495).

Our test vehicle came with the removable body-color roof panel, which could be securely stored in the rear cargo area.
The specially designed engine sits under a glass panel in the rear hatch. The panel has a cantilevered trailing edge with seven air vents to help remove heat from the engine compartment, which is divided from the passenger cabin by the glass panel. All engine components (wires, tubes, fasteners, hoses) are built with appearance in mind, including textured heat shields and edge red valve covers.
Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission produces lightning-fast shifts and exceptional power transfer, for the energetic, direct connection of a manual and the superior driving comfort of an automatic. 

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The electric shifter on the center stack/console uses pull toggles for Reverse and Drive, and pushbuttons for Park, Neutral and Low/Manual. The driver can choose a specific gear using steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, for even more manual control.
Standard performance and mechanical features included Vehicle Health Management (warns of vehicle issues), Active Handling Stability Control (detects and corrects unwanted vehicle actions), and All-Speed Traction Control (reduces/prevents wheelspin). 
Driver Mode Selector (a knob on the center console) includes Tour, Weather, Eco, Sport, Track, and configurable MyMode (allows the driver to mix and match settings to suit the situation or mood). Z mode, with a button on the steering wheel, adds to MyMode with adjustments for the engine and transmission. 

A Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder is activated using a four-digit code and allows locking of storage areas, disabling the infotainment system, and recording video and data.
New eBoost brakes are more precise, applying pressure based on information from electronic sensors rather than the physical/mechanical link between the foot on the pedal and the brakes. 
My tester had the Performance Exhaust, part of the Z51 Performance Package, which increased horsepower to 495 and torque to 470 foot/pounds (490 horsepower and 465 foot-pounds without). Z51 performance brake brakes with Z51 logos were also part of the package, along with Z51 rear spoiler, high-performance tires, electronic limited-slip rear differential, and heavy-duty cooling system.
We also had the Z51 Performance Suspension with Magnetic Ride Control ($1,895), which included Performance Traction Management. Front Lift-Adjustable Height Memory was $2,250. Other extras included GT2 bucket seats ($1,495).

Corvette’s lean muscular exterior with a canopy-forward stance is inspired by modern fighter jets and Formula One racing. Corvette signatures include a classic horizontal crease and aggressive front fenders. Design features include low profile LED  headlights with projectors and vertical daytime running lights, hidden door (under the carbon black insert), hood and hatch releases to maintain the smooth, sculpted design, large side air intakes, and stainless-steel quad exhaust tips at the outer bumper. 

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Even the interior door handles were disguised – a button under the pull handle, pressed with the thumb to exit. 
Entry and exit were remarkably easy, thanks to the mid-engine design requiring no oversized rocker panels to bear weight. The design also produced a low center of gravity and excellent stability, two storage compartments (front and rear), and an additional inch of rearward seat travel and almost double the reclining angle. 
With the center of gravity close to the driver’s inside hip, the vehicle seems to turn around the driver – a very pleasant driving experience.

The interior is more luxurious and features several technical improvements. A 12-inch customizable digital gauge cluster, tailored to all six drive modes, replaced the traditional set. 
The Chevrolet Infotainment 3-Plus with eight-inch HD touch screen faces the driver and is easy to reach and use. The center stack layout and dash design are new, with a slim futuristic appearance. 
Redundant controls for HVAC are lined up along the top of the extended center console, which divides the driver’s cockpit from the passenger side. 

My Corvette’s seats were Natural color leather with light stitching and silver metallic trim on the dash, steering wheel, and center stack/console. The tan seatbelts stood out and added $395.
New technology includes Chevy-first one-touch Bluetooth (phone/audio) pairing with Near Field Communication, wireless phone charging (a vertical pocket between the seatbacks), learn-as-you-go voice recognition, and improved real-time traffic. 
New electrical features include seat memory, a heated steering wheel, tire-fill alert, and a Bose 14-speaker premium system with navigation and eight-inch touch screen. There are speaker grilles integrated into the door trim and a central speaker between the headrests.

Personalization-capable HD radio, SiriusXM (all-access trial), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, in-vehicle apps, OnStar services (with nav) 4G LTE Wi-Fi available (through OnStar), SD card reader, two USB ports, and an auxiliary port are standard.
The Performance Data Recorder featured a new in-vehicle user interface and an upgraded high-definition camera, which can start recording when the vehicle is running or only when in Valet mode. 
Safety and security features included front and rear vision cameras, rear camera mirror, rear park assist, programmable power door locks with lockout protection, Teen Driver Mode, and Theft Deterrent System. 
Teen Driver will mute the audio whenever front passengers aren’t wearing their seatbelts; issue audible and visual warnings when speed exceeds a preset limit; keep track of distance traveled, maximum speed achieved, number of times the vehicle has tailgated or exceed the speed limit; record forward collision alert and forward collision braking events, and more. 
The theft-deterrent system is be triggered by forced entry, vehicle tilt/inclination, or interior movement.
Roadside assistance, courtesy transportation, battery run-down protection, and manual release levers for the doors (in case of power loss) add some peace of mind.

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The C8 Stingray is a fun drive, comfortable though snug (it is a sports car), and an attention-grabber (all ages). 
With $1,295 freight and $14,980 in options, total sticker price for our 2022 Corvette 2LT coupe was $84,475.
The automotive columns of G. Chambers Williams III have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @gchambers3. His driving partner Emma Jayne Williams contributed to this report.

2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The package: Midsize, two-door, two-passenger, mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, V-8 gasoline-powered coupe or convertible sports car.
Highlights: The iconic Corvette entered its eighth generation for 2020 with its first mid-engine layout and a complete redesign. It comes in coupe and convertible body styles and a long list of standard and optional performance, convenience and safety features.
Negatives: Can get quite pricey.
Engine: 6.2-liter gasoline V-8.
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic shifting transmission with manual paddle shifters.
Power/torque: 490 HP./465 foot-pounds (base 6.2 liter); 495 HP./470 foot-pounds (w/performance exhaust).
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
Length: 182.3 inches.
Curb weigh (base): 3,366 pounds (coupe); 3,467 pounds (convertible).
Cargo capacity: 12.6 cubic feet.
Electronic stability control: Standard.
Side air bags: Front seat-mounted, side curtain.
EPA fuel economy: 16 mpg city/24 highway/19 combined.
Fuel capacity/type: 18.5 gallons/unleaded regular.
Base price range: $60,900-$79,850, plus $1,295 freight.
Price as tested: $84,475 with freight and options (2021 Platinum 4WD).
On the Road rating: 9.3 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.

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