The 2016 Corvette comes in many forms, one for each type of driver. But, in the end, all the buyers who decide to purchase this supercar, are the same. They all love the speed. This time, speed comes cheap.
In this terms, the 2016 Corvette represents one of the cheaper high-performance vehicles between overseas competitors. It handling and power keeps impressing more than one experienced driver.
Next, some of the hottest specs about the new Vette.
The LT1 Beast
Under the hood of the 2016 Corvette, there is a threatening, highly capable 6.2 L V8, denominated by General Motors as the LT1. This engine comes in two setups, naturally aspirated and supercharged. When you buy the less aggressive one, in a form of Stingray, it can produce 455 hp at 6000 RPM and 460 lb-ft of maximum torque at 4600 RPM.
The history slightly changes when you go for the Z06 model, enjoying a power of 650 hp at 6400 RPM and a monstrous torque of 650 lb-ft at 3600 RPM.
Then, there are two different transmissions for the 2016 Corvette. First, there is a 7-speed manual with Overdrive which allows it to go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds. With the other gearbox, an 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifting, the Vette goes from 0-60 mph (100 km/h) 2.8 seconds. These numbers are referential for the most expensive and fast model available, the Z06.
The solid aluminum body structure with extra rigidness on the top provides a great improvement on handling experience. This RWD supercar has ABS and driveline traction control, working over 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Also, there is a Performance Traction Management system which represents a good assistant to control the vehicle during high-speed turns. This kind of tools is clearly track-focused.
The 2016 Corvette looks offensive and forceful. Even the Stingray, the cheaper variant of the Vette this coming year, looks like a cruel enemy. The edgy, sharp design is unique. It aggressive stand cannot hide the power produced by the LT1.
As expected, the Z06 versions have even more body kit improvements destinated to enhance aerodynamics and create the needed downforce.
The 7th generations of Vettes have the need to compete with overseas, six-figures supercars. By now, it has the required specs and exterior looks, at least.
Opulent Cockpit for the 2016 Corvette
It really doesn’t matter its final performance, the interior is more luxurious and fancier than expected. The 2016 Corvette’s upholstery is made of premium materials, the same for the dashboard.
The center of the instrument panel, where everything we need is located, is surrounded by carbon fiber, giving the impression of an extremely high-performance vehicle.
Space is really good for a sports car of its caliber. There is plenty of room for cargo in the rear hatch, also. The MyLink infotainment system is efficient and cutting-edge. Integrated to it, we find the Performance Data Recorder: the loved tool by racing enthusiasts.
GT and Competition seats are available, there with different specifications. GT seats feature more support and are designed for spending hours behind the wheel. In the other hand, Competition seats have a design more focused on smaller passengers.
The Bottom Line
Without a doubt, the LT1 engine can compete with six-figures supercars. The 2016 Corvette, in this matter, does a great job. The best part? Its price.
For the most standard version, the Stingray, we have a price tag between US$55.400 and US$59.400 If you want the most ferocious Vette, the Z06 can cost you a estimated of US$80.000.
Also, there are many packages available to improve even more the experience. There are 2LT, 3LT, Z51 and Z07 packs that upgrade exterior, interior and performance.