Not many nameplates in the history of automobiles have demanded such respect and admiration throughout its storied history as the Chevrolet Corvette. It has been an inspiration of awe and wonderment for sports car enthusiasts since the mid-1960s, and with very good reason. The sleek design, coupled with the always revolutionary engine performance, has earned the Chevrolet Corvette a place in the pantheon of American automotive engineering. And the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is no exception.
One of the many, many exciting things about the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is that it adheres to the muscle car legend it has spent decades cultivating while integrating modern technology for the contemporary driver. It still has the grandeur of all it has ever been but is now so much more. It has the different looks available through the configurations and trim levels, and, as always, brings some of the most powerful engine performance that Chevrolet has to offer. Step inside this wonderful beast of a vehicle and have a look around. When you are done reading, Carl Black in Kennesaw has the real thing, in all its metal and leather glory.
The 2019 Chevy Corvette comes in four different models, the Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1, each with one of their own different engines, the first being a 6.2 liter V8 with 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine is offered on the base model Stingray and gets up to 25 miles per gallon highway, with an automatic transmission. A slightly souped-up version of this engine, with 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque comes on the next two trim levels, but we will get to those later.
While that may seem to be more than enough muscle, the 2019 Chevy Corvette is not done yet. Not even close. The next engine is a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that gets an astounding 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This engine, available on the Z06, can get up to 60 miles per hour in a breathtaking 2.95 seconds. That sounds pretty cool and all, but you had best leave that to the professionals on closed courses.
Speaking of breathtaking performance, the final engine option is another 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with an eye-popping 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. The top speed clocked on this engine, available on the ZR1, was 212 miles per hour. Naturally, this was done at a closed course in Germany, and we do not recommend attempting this feat unless you have your own jumpsuit with built-in bladder control system.
Each of these engine options is available with either an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. The manual transmission offers seven speeds, while the automatic offers eight speeds. These two transmissions will slightly alter the possible fuel economy of each engine, though not by much. Check with your salesperson at Carl Black in Kennesaw for full mileage details.
As one might expect, the engines in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette are built with the highest quality materials. Because of the fact that the Corvette is expected to perform at greater lengths than any other old engine, the engines on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette are made with high-grade aluminum and titanium, able to withstand the heat and pressure most engines are not exposed to. This extends all the way to the steel exhaust system. Furthermore, the aerodynamic designs of the Corvette further lend to the best possible performance at high speeds. And what, after all, is a Corvette without the unique design?
In keeping with the unconventional convention that the Corvette has fostered over its many years, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette does not adhere to traditional trim levels. Chevy treats this model with extra respect, as well they should. The 2019 Chevy Corvette comes in five different trim levels, each with its own trim levels underneath, for a total of 14 configurations, 28 when you factor in that each can be had as either a coupe or convertible. That is an awful lot of choices to be able to make the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette uniquely yours.
The first of these levels is the Stingray. The stingray is available in three trim levels – the 1LT, the 2LT and the 3LT. Additionally, these three models have a popular package available, the Z51 package. Even though the Stingray 1LT is the lowest of all the trim levels on the 2019 Chevy Corvette, it still comes with a ton of standard features, including a Backup Camera, Traction Control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a WiFi hotspot. The higher you go on this trim level, as with any vehicle, the more features become standard and more optional features become available.
The Z51 package is a performance package that gives the already impressive 2019 Chevy Corvette a further boost. With this package, the buyer also gets high performance parts in many of the Corvette’s systems, including suspension and braking. It also utilizes electronic limited-slip differential, which ultimately allows for better handling and traction.
The next model level is the Grand Sport. This Corvette can come in the Grand Sport 1LT, 2LT and 3LT, just like the Stingray. The Grand Sport, however, is designed with a more aerodynamic feel to it, including wind fenders, a rear spoiler and front fender vents. On the interior you get bucket seats and a flat bottom steering wheel (not technically a steering “wheel”, then is it?) to further enjoy the handling the Grand Sports’ designs offer the 2019 Chevy Corvette.
The next model level on the 2019 Chevy Corvette is the Z06. This particular model is for the racecar lover in us all. In fact, it was developed alongside the C7.R, which is the Corvette’s official entry into the racing world and won the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans race. While the engines on the other Corvette models are powerful, this engine is the first one where you really feel the strength under the hood. The 650 horsepower, 650 lb-ft of torque, supercharged 6.2 liter V8 can get you from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds. Again, we strongly advise saving that kind of speed for a racetrack.
The final model under the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is the ZR1, which comes in the 1ZR and 3ZR trim levels. This Corvette features the most powerful engine ever put into a Chevrolet sports car, the 755 horsepower, 715 lb-ft of torque supercharged 6.2 liter V8 mentioned earlier. This particular “supercar”, as Chevy is aptly calling it, also has a new four-mode exhaust system. You can opt for Track, Sport, Tour or Stealth mode. These allow the roar of the powerful engine to be on full display, to terrify the foolish competitors of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, or to have a more quiet, subdued experience.
No matter which model and trim level combination you go for, you have plenty of customization options and more than enough power under the hood.
As if the incredible power and features on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette were not enough, this stylish sports car also comes as either a coupe or convertible. These body styles will not affect much of the vehicle’s performance, primarily just its price.
With the convertible option, the roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 mph. And, through the use of the key fob, the roof can be operated from outside the Corvette. One of the many, many interesting things about the convertible option is that high performance convertibles typically have added weight to allow for the structural design necessary in adding the convertible roof. Chevy engineers found a way to keep the convertible’s weight closer to the coupe’s by repositioning the seatbelts and adding smaller accommodations for the folding top. This means that the convertible, on any trim level, is only about 60 pounds heavier than the coupe, rather than hundreds of pounds on inferior convertible models.