If you thought the Corvette was heading toward classic car status, think again. The 2022 Chevy Corvette is an engineering marvel, with a mid-engine design that distributes weight in an almost perfect 50-50 configuration, setting the stage for otherworldly output. The Corvette puts up performance numbers that rival those of headline-stealing Italian sports cars that cost four times more, yet it retains that Built In America pride as a flagship Chevy nameplate.
If you're on the hunt for a track-ready sports coupe, the next generation 2022 Corvette deserves a prominent spot on your consideration list. Vault from zero to sixty in under three seconds and experience the sensation of a 194-mph top track speed behind the wheel of the newest Corvette. It's the most powerful Corvette ever built. Chevy estimates the Corvette can reach a quarter-mile speed of 11.2 seconds, thanks to an advanced 6.2-liter V8 power plant and precision design for optimal aerodynamics.
Chevy dialed in the perfect amount of history to seamlessly blend a hint of classic styling together with the Corvette's new futuristic exterior architecture. Every panel and piece of glass is expertly sculpted, resulting in aggressive yet elegant curb appeal. Chevy refers to the Corvette's aerodynamics as "potent" and describes the driving experience as "slicing the air with sheer precision." Sports performance coupe buyers demand optimal performance, and this newest Corvette delivers in spades. Every inch of this stealthy beast is geared towards performance.
Within the two-seater Corvette's cabin, drivers will find plenty of next-generation technology to keep track of their driving performance, link up a smartphone, and even dial in directions. Is the Corvette a practical daily commuter? Absolutely! In fact, the Corvette is so fun to drive that most owners won't be able to resist. Best of all, Chevy still offers the Corvette as a convertible, so if you love to feel the wind in your hair as you carve through those hairpin turns, the Corvette lineup has a model for you.
For 2022, Chevy offers the Corvette in three distinct trims: the 1LT, the 2LT, and the 3LT. Each trim comes in either a coupe or convertible body style. All coupe-style Corvettes include a removable roof panel, which is great news for buyers who don't want to commit to the full power-retractable hardtop. Choosing your ideal Corvette trim depends on how well-equipped you want the cabin to be, such as technology and convenience features, but you'll also want to identify the performance packages you want as you move through your options.
Since all Corvette trims include the same 6.2-liter V8 engine, buyers should first focus on interior features. The 1LT includes an 8-inch HD infotainment touchscreen that runs Chevy's Infotainment 3 Plus operating system. 1LT buyers also receive a standard configurable 12-inch diagonal Driver Information Center, but a head-up display is not available on this trim. Also, the 1LT includes a 10-speaker Bose Premium audio system, while the 2LT and 3LT have a standard 14-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system that comes with stainless steel speaker covers.
Both the 1LT and 2LT are fitted with Mulan leather GT1 bucket seats. The top-end 3LT includes GT2 seats featuring Napa leather and carbon-fiber trim. Buyers of all three trims can elect to upgrade to the Competition Sport seat for extra support and bolsters. The Competition Sport seat is specially designed for track driving and even has performance fabric in high-wear areas. The seats get power upgrades on the 2LT and 3LT: both trims include power lumbar and bolster control. The 3LT's upgraded interior also features a suede/microfiber headliner, as well as other suede-covered trim.
All three Corvette trims include 19-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum wheels and the option to upgrade to four premium wheel designs. Heated auto-dimming power outside mirrors are standard on the 2LT and 3LT. The 1LT's outside mirrors are not auto-dimming. Buyers can customize any of the Corvette's three trims with various exterior trim accents and ground effects, as well as a handful of appearance packages. You might choose a racing-themed graphics package or fender hash marks, but however you stylize your 2022 Corvette, its low-slung, aggressive curb profile is guaranteed to turn heads.
Making your 2022 Corvette Stingray track-ready is easy: just select the Z51 Performance Package. This option will equip your Corvette with elite track-ready components and systems, all designed for true performance drivers. It starts with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires to replace the standard Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 tires. From there, Chevy adds Brembo brakes, sportier suspension, a performance exhaust, a higher rear axle ratio, and an Electronic Limited Slip Differential. A package exclusive front splitter and rear spoiler are also included, contributing to better aerodynamics.
How do all these components work together? The Z51 Package unlocks the Corvette's race-oriented potential, adding razor-sharp cornering and otherworldly acceleration to an already high-performance sports coupe. The mid-engine 6.2-liter V8 (it's located behind the seats and visible from the rear window) still serves as the heartbeat of this beast, pumping out 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the performance exhaust system found in the Z51 Package.
Automotive review site Car and Driver calls the Z51 Package-equipped Corvette Stingray's handling "surgically precise," which is a good thing for track performance. Car and Driver's testers vaulted from zero-to-sixty in just 2.8 seconds (officially, that number is 2.9 seconds), with a quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds. The 2022 Corvette is part of Chevy's C8 generation. After a stellar racing season, Chevy decided to offer a special edition trim to celebrate. Called the Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, only 1,000 cars will be released, allowing a handful of lucky drivers to share in the Corvette's six IMSA 2020 wins.
The special edition takes the 3LT, adds the Z51 Performance Package, and includes a high-wing spoiler, unique yellow brake calipers, and special Trident wheels. Two exterior colors are offered: Accelerate Yellow or Hypersonic Gray. Choosing yellow means that you'll get gray racing-themed graphics and vice versa. In the cabin, buyers will find a yellow/gray theme with GT2 seats, yellow seat belts, and a numbered plaque engraved with the words "C8.R Special Edition." Getting your hands on a Championship Edition won't be easy, but luckily buyers can outfit other trims with similar features.
Not only will your 2022 Corvette include all the equipment and performance capability you need to tear it up on or off the track, but you can also record your track sessions and monitor your driving performance easily. Simply add the available Performance Data Recorder. The recorder captures and stores your acceleration speed, braking, and other driving data. It analyzes your specific driving metrics, giving you insight and awareness about your performance. The PDR also auto records other drivers, like valets, so you can ensure your baby is always treated well.
Choosing the available Front Lift system lets you raise the front of your Corvette to more easily navigate speed bumps and other obstacles that might previously cause your bumper to scrape and sustain damage. The system raises your front end up to two inches in under three seconds when you're traveling at a low rate of speed. It also has a memory feature, storing up to 1,000 locations and automatically performing the lift function for you. Front Lift is a handy tool and a bumper saver. No more cringing and hoping for the best as you approach a steep driveway or speed bump.
All Corvette models also include a Driver Mode Selector. You can custom calibrate up to 12 different driving dynamics on the 12-inch digital driver display to dial in the ride handling and acceleration settings you desire. Chevy provides a handful of factory-tuned drive modes, but both My Mode and Z Mode are there for your customization. You can save your settings, play around with different features, and zero in on the exact ride quality you want, then select it with a simple turn of the console-mounted toggle.