2017 Chevy Corvette – Cincinnati, OH
Looking for a high-performance sports car? The 2017 Chevy Corvette in Cincinnati, OH is worth a peek. With all the different models available — Stingray, Stingray Z51, Grand Sport, and Z06 — you’ll be able to get the performance you’re looking for from your 2017 Corvette. Of course, performance is provided by the engine, and engines can differ from model to model. But in this case, the Corvette has a single engine choice across all models, which is a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Depending on the model you pick, there are different types of advanced technology available, which helps change-up the power output and overall performance of the ride.
With how advanced sports cars are these days, even with a single engine choice for four different models, the performance and ride quality tie together seamlessly. Which could make the differences between models slightly confusing. Let’s go over the different models and their corresponding trim levels so you can get a sense of what the Corvette offers, as well as the engine and advanced performance technology that helps regulate each engine’s power.
Available Manual Transmission
6.2-liter V8 Engine
The single engine option for every 2017 Corvette model is a 6.2-liter V8 engine. It can either be equipped to a 7-speed manual transmission (standard), or an 8-speed paddle shift transmission (optional), depending on what type of driving experience you’re looking for. However, the power output and performance times do vary between the different models. Again, this is so that Chevrolet can ensure there is a Corvette for everyone.
Let’s start at the bottom and work up in price. That way, you can see how the performance directly correlates with how much you’re spending. Meaning, it’s definitely worth the price.
On the Stingray, the 6.2-liter V8 engine produces 455 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s quite a lot of power in the first place. But, if more is desired, that optional performance exhaust can bump horsepower up to 460. On the Z51 model/package, that dual exhaust is standard, meaning the power output is already rated at 460 horses.
Fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg city and 25 mpg standard with the manual transmission equipped, and it only goes down from there as the power output increases.
On the Grand Sport model, the 6.2-liter V8 also produces 460 horsepower and a matching 460 lb.-ft. of torque. Since it’s the middle model, it’s attempting to strike a balance between the Stingray and Z06, providing a balanced ride for the Corvette lover who wants something that’s a little more than just a daily driver, without having the price hike inherent in the Z06 model.
Fuel economy is similar to the Stingray model, sitting at around 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
On the Z51 model, the supercar lives up to its name, thanks to a supercharger that’s bolted on to the 6.2-liter V8 engine, bumping the power output up to a massive 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a big change, and some of you are probably wondering how a supercharger is able to do that. I’ll explain:
It works differently from a turbocharger, which uses exhaust gas to drive a turbine that spins an air compressor, which pushes extra air into the cylinders. In turn, this burns more fuel, thanks to the increase in air, which boosts power output.
A supercharger doesn’t work off exhaust gas, and is instead bolted directly to the engine. When it’s there, it will spin with the crankshaft. When the crankshaft is spinning, the supercharger forces air into the motor. It’s still a forced-induction method that gives the engine a boost to power output, but a much larger boost than a turbo.
However, the fuel-efficiency of a vehicle with a supercharger suffers more than one with a turbocharger attached. Which is why the Z06 gets an abysmal fuel-efficiency rating of 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway, and even less with the automatic transmission equipped (13 city/23 highway).
On the other hand, it allows the Z06 to do a 0-60 mph sprint in a blazing 2.95-seconds under ideal track conditions.
Advanced Performance Technology
A lot of the 2017 Corvette’s power comes from the engine, but it’s the performance technology that really kicks it up a notch. We already know a supercharger is added on, in order to turn a naturally aspirated engine into a forced-induction beast. But, what other advanced performance technology is thrown on the Corvette to make it one of the fastest cars on the market?
Magnetic Ride Control Suspension
Without control on the road, you have to focus more on maintaining stability and less on going fast, which is why magnetic ride control suspension is there to do the stability work for you.
This revolutionary form of ride control reacts to the road a thousand times per second, constantly reading the type of conditions the Corvette is traveling over. Then, a suspension fluid that contains metal particles will align and form a rigidity for the suspension stiffness you require instantly. This allows the vehicle to stay planted to the road, while you push that needle on the speedometer further and further.
Heel-Toe Simulated Manual Transmission
Heel-toe shifting is a technique used by professional race car drivers that helps them grab gears quicker and more efficiently. That’s what it is in a nutshell, at least. The actual process is more complicated than that, and is certainly easier said than done. That’s why the 7-speed manual transmission has Active Rev Matching, which enhances the driving experience by simulating this pro shifting technique.
The two biggest enemies of speed are weight and aerodynamics, and this is where the Z06 Aero Package comes in handy. This package has a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and a rear spoiler – all designed to create more downforce, and promote aerodynamics, in tun, allowing the Z06 to push itself further and faster.
Going along with this, there is also an adjustable wickerbill available with the Z06 Performance Package. Depending on how you adjust this, it will provide you with varying levels of downforce so you can fine-tune the speed of the Corvette. The Z06 Performance Package on its own contributes to over 300 pounds of downforce when it’s equipped. Imagine how the performance of the Corvette does when paired to the Aero Package?
Models and Trim Levels
The four different models for the 2017 Corvette are: Stingray, Stingray Z51, Grand Sport, and Z06. The Stingray and Stingray Z51 share a lot in common, including trim levels and features. But, I’ll list some of the ones unique to the Z51. While the Grand Sport mode attempts to strike a happy middle ground between the Stingray and Z06, the Z06 is a legendary supercar, and the choice of many for the track.
The design of the Corvette remains the same throughout: a two-seater coupe. Whether that means you decide to buy a hard top or convertible (available on some models), the cargo capacity, passenger space, look, and overall design will remain the same.
The trims on the Stingray/Z51 model are similar, and are the 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. I’ll cover the basic features on the first trim, and briefly go over some of the optional ones. Since there are so many to choose from, it would be overwhelming to list them all. Therefore, it’s important to understand these are merely highlights of what the Corvette models offer.
Stingray 1LT trim:
– 18-inch front wheels/19-inch rear wheels
- Standard Brembo high-performance brake pads
- Xenon headlights w/ LED running lights
- 4G LTE WiFi hotspot
- Heated mirrors
- Chevrolet MyLink
- Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
Stingray Z51 1LT trim:
– 19-inch front wheels/20-inch rear wheels
- Larger brakes w/ slotted brake rotors
- Sport-tuned suspension
- Electronic limited-slip differential
- Differential cooler
- Dry-sump oiling (for the V8 engine)
- Dual-mode performance exhaust
Optional/Higher Trim Levels:
- Front-view parking cameras
- Leather upholstery
- Heated/ventilated seats
- Driver memory settings
- 10-speaker Bose sound system
- Synthetic-suede upper interior trim
- Navigation system
- Performance data recorder
The Grand Sport is a model that’s new to the Corvette lineup for 2017, with 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT trim levels. Therefore, it brings some additional features that we haven’t seen before, but also borrows some from the Z51 package.
Here’s some of what the Grand Sport offers:
- Upgraded cooling system
- Further upgraded suspension components
- Wider fenders
- Adaptive dampeners
- Larger brakes
- Magnetic selective ride control
- Performance traction management
- Performance exhaust
- Chrome badge package
- GT bucket seats
- Body-color exterior heated power-adjustable mirrors
- HID (High-Intensity Discharge) headlamps
For the Z06 model, the trim levels are 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ.
Here are some of the features found on that one — either standard or optional — most of which come from the previous trim levels on the Stingray/Z51 and Grand Sport.
- Performance exhaust
- 4-wheel antilock 4-wheel disc brakes
- Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes
- Red-painted brake calipers
- Performance ride/handling suspension
- Traction control (all speed)
- 7-speed manual transmission
- Rear diff. cooler
- eLSD (electronic limited slip differential)
- Dry sump oil system
- Carbon flash package
- 19-inch front/20-inch rear pearl nickel-colored aluminum wheels
- Tinted glass
- Bose 9-speaker sound system (10-speaker optional, like on the Stingray)
- Air filtration system w/ pollen filter
- Driver AND passenger 8-way seat adjusters
- 3-spoke, sueded microfiber-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel
- Oil life monitoring system
As you can see, the 2017 Corvette model as a whole offers quite a lot. Some of the features are standard, some optional, some found on higher-trim levels, and some are even shared between the models. But, the main point is, depending on what you’re looking to get out of your Corvette, Chevrolet made sure it has a model for you.
Keep in mind, there are still many more features found on all four models, and even more spread throughout the trim levels.
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