New colors and wheels, plus all the high-performance fun you’d expect

We’re big fans of the latest seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, even naming the 650-horse monster machine Z06 our Performance Car of the Year when it was first released in 2014. But now that we’re three years into production, its time for a little refresh. As such, the Bowtie is shaking up the options list, while keeping that old bargain pricing static.

Updates for the 2018 model year include a slew of aesthetic changes, as well as a few updates to the performance side of things. Outside, you’ll find standard staggered wheel sizing with an extra inch in diameter (20 inches in back, 19 inches in front). The new wheels come from the Z51 package, and there are new wheel designs on the table as well. A new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior paint option replaces the outgoing Sterling Blue. Improvements inside include updates for the heads-up display and rearview camera, while the infotainment now comes with HD digital radio as standard. New interior colors were added to the 2LT trim level, while a Spice Red finish was added to the convertible top colors list. Spice Red was also added to the list of interior finishes for the 3LT and 3LZ trim levels. Go for the Jet Black suede interior, and you’ll get carbon fiber on the steering wheel and various trim bits. Finally, the 3LT and 3LZ trims get new stitching packages, including red, yellow, and new blue. Read on for details on the go-fast stuff.

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New Wheels, Colors, And Trims – But What About Performance?

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Track rats will be happy to hear that the highly desirable Magnetic Ride Control suspension is now a stand-alone option, which is great for those buyers looking to get the most from their ‘Vette when it comes to apex hunting. What’s more, the Performance Data Recorder/Cosworth Toolbox now comes with four new data channels, including inputs for individual wheel speed, individual suspension displacements, yaw rate measurements, and temperature readings for the intake air and ambient air.

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It also bears mentioning that Chevy is hoping to implement a fix for the Z06 after it was revealed that many customers experienced major overheating issues when pushing it on the track. Hopefully the issue will be resolved going forward.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray trim levels and price:
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe: $56,490
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible: $60,490
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe with Z51: $61,490
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible with Z51: $65,490

References

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Corvette marks 65 years of production in 2018. Only 300 were built in 1953, each of them Polo White with a red interior.

BASE PRICE
$56,490 Coupe
$60,490 Convertible
$61,490 Coupe with Z51
$65,490 Convertible with Z51

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EPA VEHICLE CLASS
Coupe with removable roof panel or Convertible

NEW FOR 2018

Standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. Derived from the Z51 package, they replace the previous 18-inch/19-inch standard wheels
Five new wheel options, including Torque and Motorsport designs
Magnetic Ride Control offered as a stand-alone option
Revised interior color breakup on 2LT trim includes instrument panel color
HD digital radio standard
Available Performance Data Recorder/Cosworth Toolbox offers four additional data channels: individual wheel speeds, individual suspension displacements, yaw rate and intake and ambient air temperatures
Improved rear-view camera image
Enhanced Head-Up Display rotation setting
Ceramic Matrix Gray replaces Sterling Blue in the exterior color palette
Spice Red convertible top
Spice Red interior offered on 3LT and 3LZ trims
Jet Black sueded-wrapped interior includes carbon rim steering wheel and gloss carbon fiber interior trim
New interior color stitching packages (Red/ yellow / new blue) offered on 3LT and 3LZ trims

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VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

Offered in 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims
Lightweight materials, including an aluminum frame; carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels contribute to optimal 50/50 weight balance
Five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver’s environment
Interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, hand-wrapped leather materials and dual eight-inch configurable, high-definition color driver/infotainment screens
Available Z51 Performance Package with specific, brakes, cooling, suspension, electronic limited-slip differential, gearing, dry-sump oil system, performance exhaust and aero package
Available Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Available Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track
Chevrolet MyLink with 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone projection capability
OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot (3GB/three-month trial)
Keyless open and start
Curb-view cameras included on 2LT and 3LT trims
Head-up display included on 2LT and 3LT trims
Bose 10-speaker audio system with bass box included on 2LT and 3LT trims
Heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats are included on 2LT and 3LT trims
Leather wrapped interior wirh sueded upper interior trim included on 3LT
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
Available Competition Sport seats
Corvette Museum delivery is available

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SAFETY FEATURES

Four standard air bags, including side-impact air bags
Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS
Active Handling with electronic stability control
Safety belt pretensioners
Rear-vision camera
Tire pressure monitoring with run-flat tires

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