Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe

Pros: Remarkable handling, breathtaking acceleration; outstanding performance-per-dollar ratio

Cons: No manual transmission; poor rearward visibility

CG Says: For 2022, the Corvette’s engine gets an upgraded direct fuel-injection system, improved engine calibration, and an enhanced Active Fuel Management range. New paint/trim options and a limited-production IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition model (with unique trim features and graphics inspired by the Corvette C8.R race cars) also join the lineup. This eighth-generation “C8” Corvette has a mid-engine architecture and is offered in coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible body styles. A 6.2-liter V8 that produces 490 horsepower (or 495 with the Z51 Performance Package) is the sole powerplant, although a more powerful Corvette Z06 model is on its way for 2023.  This eighth-generation “C8” Corvette has a mid-engine architecture, and a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 490 horsepower (or 495 with the Z51 Performance Package) is the sole powerplant, although more powerful Z06 is on its way for 2023. The only transmission is an 8-speed automated manual that can be shifted manually via steering-wheel paddles; a conventional manual transmission is not offered. Naturally, the C8 is capable of incredible acceleration; with the Z51 Performance Package, Chevy claims the new Corvette can run 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 194 mph. Available features include electronic limited-slip differential, adaptive suspension, camera rearview mirror, Magnetic Ride Control, and performance data recorder. Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality and Buckle to Drive are both standard. Corvettes have long offered supercar performance at a fraction of the price, and the eighth-generation ’Vette improves on that formula. The mid-engine layout enables better weight distribution and even greater performance potential, and Chevrolet has managed to keep pricing at a relative bargain level as well—the base-model Corvette starts out at just more than $62,000. There are slight compromises that come with the mid-engine architecture—rear visibility suffers, and though the total cargo volume is respectable, it’s split between a rear trunk area behind the engine and a small “frunk” storage area between the front wheels. Still, the Corvette has become an even better world-beater performance car than it was before.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Stingray coupe 1LT: $62,195
Stingray convertible 1LT: $69,695
Stingray coupe 2LT: $69,495
Stingray convertible 2LT: $76,495
Stingray coupe 3LT: $74,145
Stingray convertible 3LT: $81,145

Base Engine
6.2-liter V8
Horsepower
490 (495 w/Z51 Performance Pkg.)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27