•   
  •   
  •   

Reviews 2019 Chevy Corvette Stingray Z51 Drivers' Notes Review | The 460-hp sweet spot

21:06  11 july  2018
21:06  11 july  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is This Year's Indy 500 Pace Car

  The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is This Year's Indy 500 Pace Car Leading drivers in the 102nd running of the iconic raceAfter what felt like years of buildup, Chevrolet finally revealed the Corvette ZR1 in November of last year. With 755 hp on tap and an extreme aero package, the ZR1 has already set a lap record at Virginia International Raceway. Based on our first ride impressions, we have a feeling that won't be the last record it breaks. Next month, at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, the ZR1 will also hit the track as the race's official pace car.

This week we spent time in a 2019 Chevy Corvette Stingray Z 51 . It might not be as fast or as powerful as the Corvette Z06 or ZR1, but it's still a treat.

In recent years, most of the talk surrounding the Chevy Corvette has focused on the Z06 and the bonkers new ZR1. While those supercharged models are awesome, sometimes the base Stingray feels overlooked. A week with one gave us a good reminder of what makes Chevy's flagship sports car so revered.

2020 Mid-Engined Corvette: Everything We Know

  2020 Mid-Engined Corvette: Everything We Know The mid-engined Corvette is coming. Here's everything you need to know. More anticipated than the Toyota Supra and every new Star Wars film combined, the mid-engined Corvette will make its debut after more than a half-century of teasing. Don't worry, we have plenty of photos and videos as proof of its existence. Though all of the prototypes we've seen so far remain covered in camouflage, it's exciting to see the mythical sports car on-road nonetheless. © Motor1.com/Hersteller Leaked C8 Corvette CAD image Rumor has it that we could see the new Corvette next year, with an on-sale date of 2020.

The most important option on our test car was the Z51 performance package. If you care about driving, it's a must-have option. Upgrades include a retuned suspension, bigger rotors, an electronic limited-slip differential, a multi-mode exhaust, new gear ratios, a rear spoiler and a dry-sump oil system. Other options on our car include the wonderful Magnetic Ride Control, the Performance Data Recorder and the 2LT trim package (heated seats, parcel shelf, an upgraded audio system and a heads-up display).

Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: The Corvette's engine is powerful, and is especially responsive in the middle of the rev range. It's not universally rev-happy. You have to work with it a bit to wring out all the power, which is a fun and engaging challenge. Once you start figuring out how to drive this Corvette the right way, it becomes super satisfying.

The 2019 Yenko Corvette Is A 1000 HP Tire-Scorcher Available At Your Local Chevy Dealer

  The 2019 Yenko Corvette Is A 1000 HP Tire-Scorcher Available At Your Local Chevy Dealer If you’re a Chevrolet Corvette fan with an overwhelming desire to shut the Dodge Demon people up for good, New Jersey-based GM tuner Specialty Vehicle Engineering has the answer to your troubles with a famed name from Chevy’s tuner past. The company is now selling bored, stroked, and supercharged 1,000 horsepower Corvette Grand Sports at Chevrolet dealerships.

I didn't like the clunkiness of the shifter, though. It's not as tactile — and therefore not as precise — as it could be. Also turning both shift paddles into a selector to turn rev matching on and off seems superfluous. I'd rather they were gone, and I could just press a button. I also wish the rev-matching setting didn't reset every time you turn the car off. If I want it on part of the time, I probably want it on all of the time.

And the infotainment system is barely usable. It's laggy and often unresponsive. My advice is to just ignore it and enjoy the rest of the driving experience.

When you look at the Corvette in smaller chunks — handling, performance, comfort, technology, design — you get a lot of different results that together don't average out to anything spectacular. But somehow this car is something far greater than the sum of its parts.

a car parked on the side of a road © Provided by AOL Inc.

Associate Editor Reese Counts: My Dad has owned 17 Corvettes, at least one of each generation save for the C7. His brother used to buy and trade cars and owned roughly 150 Corvettes over the years. I learned to drive in a C4. The first time I was pulled over, I was behind the wheel of a C5 Z06. The first car I ever wrenched on was my cousin's '64 Sting Ray. I stuck an '85 Corvette powertrain under the hood of my old S-10 pickup. From the day I went home from the hospital in my Dad's '86 coupe, the Corvette has been a part of my life.

Mid-Engined Corvette Caught On Video Again, This Time With A ZR1

  Mid-Engined Corvette Caught On Video Again, This Time With A ZR1 Chevy continues to tease us while testing its newest sports car. The mid-engined Corvette is coming – eventually. We've seen spy photos of the supercar as early as 2016, but new footage leads us to believe that it could arrive in only a few months. The latest prototypes, captured on camera in Colorado, show the upcoming Corvette testing alongside it current ZR1 sibling.The video, uncovered by CorvetteBlogger, shows two heavily camouflaged prototypes on public roads in Leadville, Colorado. At 10,152-feet of elevation, it's the perfect proving ground for high-altitude testing.

There's a lot of variety in the Corvette lineup, but, as with most things, the sweet spot is towards the middle. My two favorite variants are the Stingray Z51 and the Grand Sport Z07. The Z06 and ZR1 are fantastic and unbelievably fast and capable machines, but they're overkill for the road and a lot of shorter tracks. The two naturally-aspirated models provide far more fun and balance. Personally, I think the styling on the Z06 and ZR1 are a little overdone. I don't want to drive a race car everyday.

The Stingray isn't perfect. John's right about the shifter. It's just not as precise as I would like. Joel's right about the smell (though it gives me a huge and immediate dose of nostalgia). I can say that it does go away after a while. Still, I want one quite badly.

a car parked in a parking lot © Reese Counts

Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: There's a lot to like about the Chevy Corvette, but it also has its share of quirks. In the "like" category, the styling still looks excellent. It's crisp, aggressive and taut. And somehow, even with the Z51 Performance Package's big front lip spoiler, I never had an issue scraping it around town. It also has a shocking amount of cargo space. When I loaded up my dog for a road trip over the weekend, she hopped past the front seat and into the hatch area and looked at me like she was settled and ready to go. I already had my backpack, a big bag of dog food and a few other odds and ends back there.

2019 Chevy Camaro SS and V6 models get worse fuel economy

  2019 Chevy Camaro SS and V6 models get worse fuel economy The other models stay the same.The most surprising decrease is found with the 2019 Chevy Camaro SS with an automatic. One of the major changes for 2019 SS was the inclusion of the 10-speed automatic found in the ZL1. With more ratios, one would expect an improvement in fuel economy. Instead, highway fuel economy remains the same at 27 mpg, while city fuel economy dropped from 17 to 16 mpg. The manual-equipped 2019 Camaro SS also experienced a drop in fuel efficiency. It's city economy stays at 16 mpg, but the highway number dips down to 24 mpg from last year's 25.

Of course besides style and practicality, there's performance, too. The engine makes lovely noises, and it has sharp throttle response. The seven-speed manual clicks into gears with a light flick of the wrist, and the steering is precise if slightly numb. The chassis is planted and instills even more confidence than the already impressive Camaro. But perhaps the most amazing part of the Corvette is the fact that I was able to get its 6.2-liter 460-horsepower V8 to return over 30 mpg consistently on the highway. Plus the suspension provides a smooth ride. If only the car were quieter inside. The tire and road roar starts to wear on you over time.

But now we come to the awkward parts. The interior is starting to feel a little drab and dated. And if you're a larger person like me, it's a bit cramped from all sides. My forehead was roughly at the same height as the windshield header. Blindspots are really bad to the rear. But perhaps the most unfortunate part of the car was the strong smell of adhesives and glue, a side-effect of the fiberglass construction.

Still, I had fun, and if the smell dissipates over time, it's hard to go wrong with one as a toy, or even as a daily driver.

Video Production Manager Eddie Sabatini: I liked it, and I'm a staunch 'Vette hater. This was a comfortable and fun drive. It had a restrained amount of cheap-feeling touch points, and I love the heads-up display — it's currently my favorite execution of a HUD I've experienced by any automaker. My favorite part was how responsive the display was when I changed songs on Spotify. And this is by far the best looking Corvette since the 1960s.

Research the Corvette on MSN Autos | Find a Corvette near you

Follow MSN Autos on Facebook and Twitter

11 New Cars Under $65K as Quick as a 10-Year-Old Ferrari .
What a difference a decade makesThis weekend, RM Sotheby's will auction off one of the first Ferrari 250 GTOs ever built. Initial estimates suggest it will go for more than $45 million, making it the most expensive car in the world. But while that car is a piece of automotive history, some of the specs look a little underwhelming, at least by modern standards. The 250 GTO only made 300 hp, nearly half as much power as the Portofino, the least expensive new Ferrari available today.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!