I clearly explained in my first couple of encounters with the all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray that there are rare instances of you getting more than what you paid for. Such an instance is in the case of the new Corvette having a price tag that starts around $61k yet you feel like you got a bargain in an unbelievably engineered sports car that has many supercar characteristics, including the ability to hit 60 mph in about 2.8 seconds.
In my latest brush with the Corvette, I get the 2022 model year which remains mostly the same when it came out for the 2020 model year as a newly redesigned vehicle featuring the all-new mid-engine architecture. For 2022, the Corvette gets the availability of a few new colors and carbon-fiber trim pieces. Otherwise, there’s a welcoming presence of the formidable 6.2-liter pushrod V8 engine mounted just behind the passenger compartment that sports 495 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle thanks to the optional Z51 package and its performance exhaust setup. Power is sent to the rear wheels meeting the pavement with 305-patched 20-inch performance run-flat tires (19-inch fronts) just after the snappy-shifting 8-speed dual-clutch transmission does its job to fire off shifts nearly as fast as Porsche’s PDK units.
Every time I get into the new Corvette C8 there’s something magical about looking at the sticker price in knowing that you’re piloting the best performance bang for your dollar that’s around. In bringing that point home, there’s engineering in the new Corvette that goes beyond expectations from the thrust that you feel for launch-mode dashes to 60 mph in well under 3 seconds, to the exceptional ride quality from the latest magnetic ride control dampers. The only other change for the 2022 model year is the EPA-estimated fuel economy slightly decreases and now lands at 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. There’s still the clever cylinder deactivation, which seems more abrupt and noticeable in the 2022 Corvette versus previous Corvette C8 Stingray test vehicles from the previous two years.
By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 2LT Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2022 13:35:45 +0000