2012 Chevrolet Corvette

Base RWD 2-Dr Coupe V8 man trans

2012 chevrolet corvette Reviews and News

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Front Left View
The Corvette's legend was made during the period from the mid Fifties, when it got its mojo working, right on through the Sixties. Soon thereafter, the Corvette went into a period of decline along with the rest of the American auto industry. As the whole idea of performance came under assault, the Corvette drifted into self-parody. More recently, of course, the Corvette has come back, regaining and then eclipsing the performance of its halcyon days.
One need not know the Corvette's history to know that today's 'Vette is a badass sports car. It's not hard to get a sense of this car's seriousness. The car looks the part. It sounds the part. It acts the part.
As such, it has certain powers. Pull into the parking lot at your kid's martial arts class and the bark of that exhaust will have every head turning. His day instantly takes a turn for the better as the instructor says, "Your dad's car is awesome." All traces of the characteristic pre-teen surliness disappear. The Chevy Corvette: it turns ordinary dads into heroes.

The Grand Sport

And that's not even the Z06 or the ZR1 -- it's just the Corvette Grand Sport. As a reminder, the Grand Sport is essentially a base car with the wattage turned up a bit. It uses the same 430-hp, 6.2-liter, LS3 V-8 -- 436 hp with the optional dual-mode exhaust -- and 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Sport does take the Z06's larger brakes and calipers (the latter available in red, yellow, or silver). It also gets the Z06's wider fenders, which house ultrawide tires and wheels -- 9.5-inch fronts and 12-inch rears. It also features the Z06 front splitter, which scrapes on even very shallow inclines, and a taller rear spoiler.

We have lift-off

It was a warm spring day when I collected the Corvette from a parking garage in Manhattan, so I couldn't resist removing the lift-off roof panel. This is a simple operation: unlatch two convertible-style handles at the windshield header and flip one more at the center rear, and the top section pops rights out. It's not heavy to lift and it stows neatly under the glass rear hatch. Removing it is an easy, one-man operation. Corvettes have featured the removable roof for years; it's standard even with the base coupe. Taking it off makes a warm-weather drive in a Corvette that much more of an occasion, and when the top is in place it's as secure as a hardtop, so there's really no downside.

Loud, proud, and easily provoked

Although the base engine's output would seem to pale in comparison with the 505 hp proffered by the Corvette Z06, or the ZR1's monumental, 638 hp from its supercharged 6.2-liter, in actual driving the Grand Sport feels plenty overpowered. It threatens to light up its monster-fat rear tires at the slightest provocation. One need not floor the throttle to provoke this beast -- merely getting a little aggressive on a freeway on-ramp is enough to get the "Traction Active" message and wiggle the rear end. Even with stability control fully engaged, power oversteer is available, but a longer electronic leash can be had by switching to the system's competition mode or it can be turned off altogether.
Equipped with the dual-mode performance exhaust system, the engine in my test car had a ferocious snarl on start-up -- and, naturally, whenever the loud pedal was pushed. It's just another aspect of the 'Vette's seriousness, along with the heavy steering and the meaty steering wheel; and the manual shifter with its robust efforts; and the firm ride (the optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control offers a choice of Tour or Sport modes, but they're really Stiff or Stiffer).

Outdated inside

"Serious" isn't quite the adjective that comes to mind when you slip inside -- the better descriptor for the cabin is "dated." My test example was optioned up with the custom leather-wrapped interior, but it really amounts to fancy wrapping on a rather plain package. The same goes for the two-tone color scheme, the red stitching, and the optional logo seat headrest embroidery. Beyond the materials and the design, the interior functionality is seriously behind the times. The optional touch-screen navigation system has the look and feel of an aftermarket unit; it's embarrassingly outdated and annoying to use.
There is, however, one bit of technology that works great and is most welcome: the head-up display. It's standard on all but the base trim level, and is critical for monitoring one's speed in a high-powered, high-profile car like this.

Some requests for the C7

It's no secret that Chevrolet engineers are working on the next-generation (C7) Corvette, which is due out next year. After my week in the current car, I have a few suggestions for the new model:
- Sure, styling is all-important, but better visibility would really boost driver confidence.
- In that same vein, a back-up camera is much needed, and a blind-spot warning system would be a worthwhile option.
- It's time for a modern radio/navigation interface. That does not, however, mean a big flat panel and capacitive-touch switches. Even more so than other cars, piloting a Corvette demands a driver's full attention, so simpler steps and physical controls (knobs, et cetera) are important.
- A full power driver's seat (rather than a manual recline) doesn't seem like too much to ask at this price.
- Whether it's manual or power, the steering column's tilt and telescope functions should be incorporated into a single adjustment, rather than the clunky manual tilt and separate (optional) power telescope we have now.
- Cornering grip is a big deal, obviously, but it would be nice to have a suspension that is less upset by bumps in corners, as well as steering that isn't so keen to follow grooves in the pavement.
- Lose the skip-shift already.
Build those changes into the next-generation car, and you'll have a Corvette that's not only a performance kingpin but also one that's more agreeable to drive every day. Because some of us can use all the chances we can get to be a hero.

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Base price (with destination): $56,900
Price as tested: $71,980
Standard Equipment:
6.2-liter V-8 engine
6-speed manual transmission
Speed-sensitive, variable-ratio power steering
Active handling
Run-flat tires
Power windows
Power door locks w/remote and passive entry
Push-button start
Power mirrors
6-way power driver's seat
Leather-trimmed seats
Removable roof panel
OnStar w/6 mos. Directions + connections, automatic crash response, and turn-by-turn navigation
Theft-deterrent system
AM/FM/XM/CD audio system w/input jack and 7 speakers
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Tilt steering wheel
HID headlamps
Cruise control
Carpeted floor mats
Grand Sport silver painted aluminum wheels
Fog lamps
Functional brake ducts
18 x 9.5" front, 19 x 12" rear wheels
Z06-style front splitter and rear spoiler
14" front brake rotors w/6-piston calipers, 13.4" rear rotors w/4-piston calipers
Options on this vehicle:
4LT premium equipment group - $9495
Memory package
Sport seats, power bolster + power lumbar
Luggage shade and parcel net
Custom leather-wrapped interior package
Heated front seats
Telescoping steering column
Navigation system
Bose premium audio system w/9 speakers
Additional 9 months of XM radio
Universal home remote
Bluetooth for phone
Head-up display
Grand Sport heritage package - $1195
Logo seat headrest embroidery
Fender stripe hash mark design
Magnetic selective ride control - $1695
Dual-mode exhaust - $1195
Performance brake calipers, red - $595
Competition gray aluminum wheels - $395
Custom leather stitching, red - $395
Battery protection package - $100
Front license plate bracket - $15
Key options not on vehicle:
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
16 / 26 / 19 mpg
Engine:
6.2L V-8
Horsepower: 436 hp @ 5900 rpm
Torque: 428 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Drive:
Rear-wheel
Transmission:
6-speed manual
Curb weight: 3311 lb
Wheels/tires:
18 x 9.5, 19 x 12 (f,r) inch aluminum alloy
275/35ZR18, 325/30ZR19 (f,r) Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires
Competitors:
BMW M3
Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1
Ford Shelby Mustang GT500
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Porsche 911
2012 Chevrolet Corvette
2012 Chevrolet Corvette
Now entering its third year, the Corvette ZR1 continues to prove itself as a no-holds-barred, no-excuses, all-American sports car that has what it takes to beat all comers. Its 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V-8 pumps out an incredible 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque, enough to make this the first production Corvette capable of crossing the 200-mph threshold. As for the other Corvette models? The base car continues with the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 boasting 430 hp and 424 lb-ft -- or 436 hp and 428 lb-ft if you opt for the freer-breathing exhaust system. The Grand Sport, which accounts for a large portion of coupe and convertible sales, uses the base engine but gets a number of upgrades. These include Z06 styling cues, its own gear (manual transmission) and rear-axle ratios, and available magnetic ride control. The 505-hp, boy-racer Z06 neatly fills the gap between the base model and the ZR1 and can be had in a limited-edition Carbon model, which adds a number of performance and cosmetic upgrades, including ZR1-style aerodynamic aids, carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, and magnetic ride control. In fact, every Corvette model has numerous performance and cosmetic packages that allow buyers to customize their car right down to the color of the brake calipers. Interior quality remains the Corvette's Achilles' heal, although a redesigned steering wheel; new, more heavily bolstered seats; and additional padding for the console and arm rest have addressed a few of its shortcomings. Regardless, in its segment, the Corvette offers unrivaled bang for the buck.
2013 Chevrolet Corvette Front Three Quarter
If you're waiting for the new Chevrolet Corvette, you're still going to have to wait a while, but General Motors delivered its biggest hint to date this week when it suspended public tours of its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant responsible for making the Corvette sports car. Between 40,000 and 50,000 members of the public tour the Bowling Green facility every year, but GM says that it is stopping tours indefinitely while it retools the plant to get ready for the next Corvette. Those tours, it would seem, will have to wait, as will Chevrolet's special program that allows Corvette buyers to watch their cars being built and purchase photos from the build. The production process itself won't stop, however, and there hasn't been any word of delays or slowdowns in making the last of the C6s. In fact, GM spokespeople tell the News the opposite is true: Bowling Green workers are working overtime to meet demand for the current Corvette. GM has also added 100 workers to help retool the plant for the C7, and plans to hire 150 more in the near future. We already knew that the C7 Corvette was coming soon--we've already seen spy photos of it and heard murmurs about new and updated powertrains--but this move is the largest hint to date as to when the car will finally make it to dealerships. With retooling already underway in Bowling Green and instrumented test vehicles already on public roads, signs point to a debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January. A January 2013 debut would point to a mid- to late-2013 sale date as a 2014-model-year vehicle. Source: Detroit News
2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Indy Pace Car Top View
The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will pace the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 later this month, making it the 11th time a Corvette and 23rd time a Chevrolet have paced the Greatest Spectacle in Racing -- Indy records for a nameplate and an automaker. The 638-hp ZR1 will also be the most powerful car to pace the Indy 500. The 2013 model year also marks the 60th anniversary for the storied Corvette nameplate, making the Indy tie-in even more eventful.
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DragTimes, a Russian-based outfit, has released a cluster of new videos that includes tuned versions of  the mighty Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R, and a Lamborghini Gallardo with a reported 1500-hp going head-to-head in quarter mile and mile-long drag races.
Chevrolet Corvette Launch In Korea Profile
An all-American icon, the Chevrolet Corvette, is going on sale in South Korea. The launch of the Corvette continues the expansion of the Chevrolet brand in Korea, and comes about a year after the Chevrolet Camaro sports car debuted there.

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2012 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
6.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
Horsepower:
430 hp @ 5900rpm
Torque:
424 ft lb of torque @ 4600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 24, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 206, "DOOR LOCKS AND DOOR RETENTION COMPONENTS". THE REAR HATCH HINGES MAY NOT MEET THE LOAD REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN THE SAFETY STANDARD.
Consequences
THE REAR HATCH COULD SEPARATE IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH REAR HATCH HINGES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 14, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.
Potential Units Affected
5,755
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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IIHS Overall Side Crash
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IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
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IIHS Roof Strength
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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette

Depreciation
23.7%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$9,881
23.7%
Insurance
$6,490
15.6%
Fuel Cost
$12,544
30.1%
Financing
$3,720
8.9%
Maintenance
$6,684
16%
Repair Costs
$1,900
4.6%
State Fees
$460
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $41,679 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent