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Chevrolet Bolt EUV Review

There is much to like about the simple usability of the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, especially its high-value pricing

A horizontal side view of the Bolt EUV somewhere on a beach

The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is sold in four front-wheel-drive trim levels. Starting prices range from about $28,000 to $33,190, including the $995 freight charge from Lake Orion, Mich. (Photos courtesy of Chevrolet or as noted)

Table of Contents

Overview
Range and Charging
Bolt Recalls
Pricing
Information About Bolt Tax Credits
Interior Function
Performance and One-Pedal Driving
Ride and Handling
Super Cruise Technology, Confusion
Why Buy the Chevrolet Bolt EUV?
Specifications

BY MARK MAYNARD

Six inches can be pretty satisfying when trying to make the best impression — especially when it’s in the back seat of a Chevrolet Bolt EUV.

The extended-length Bolt “Electric Utility Vehicle” was added for the 2022 model year, following the original Bolt’s debut in 2017. Both models share a battery-electric front-motor and front-wheel drive layout. The small SUV crossover has five seats, four doors, and a rear liftgate. The design of both models features a high-strength-steel frame and aluminum front fenders, hood, door, and liftgate.

Both versions of Chevrolet Bolt use the same powertrain:

• A 65-kWh nickel-lithium-ion high-voltage battery

• Variable-speed automatic transmission

• A permanent magnet 150-kWh drive motor

The shorter Bolt EV has an EPA-estimated driving range of 259 miles. The Bolt EUV, heavier by 90 pounds, has a range estimate of 247 miles.

Among the Bolt competitors for size, electric driving range, and pricing are the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona EV.

The Bolt has roomy front seat area has tall headroom of 40 inches.

The roomy front seat area has tall headroom of 40 inches.

Chevrolet Bolt EUV Overview

Designing the Bolt EUV freshened the front-end styling which was also applied to the standard Bolt. But no exterior sheet metal parts are shared between the two vehicles.

The new body style is about 6 inches longer than the standard model on a wheelbase stretched by 2.9 inches. And back seat legroom grew by 3.1 inches, now at 39.2.

The new interior includes a flat-bottom steering wheel that incorporates the Regen on Demand paddle.

A view of the 8-inch color driver information center.

A view of the 8-inch color driver information center.

 Bolt Range and Charging

With every new Bolt EUV, Chevrolet includes a dual-level charge cord. It has a changeable plug that can be used with a household 120-volt three-prong outlet for Level 1 charging. Or change ends to plug into a 240-volt NEMA 14-50 amp outlet for 7.7kW Level 2 charging (the charge rate of many home EV chargers). For many Bolt owners, however, the dual cable function could eliminate the need to buy and install a home charger.

For maximum Level 2 charging speed, both Bolt models are capable of 11kW Level 2 charging, but only with a higher-capacity charger.

  • Level 1 120-volt charging will add about 4 miles of range per hour of charge.
  • Level 2 240-volt charging (with the dual-level charge cord) will add about 25 miles of range per hour of charge, with a full charge in about 10 hours.

Chevrolet will cover standard installation through Qmerit for Level 2 home charging. The offer is good whether leasing or purchasing a Bolt model.

And Chevrolet EV owners also have access to more than 80,000 chargers in North America through the Energy feature in the myChevrolet app. There are several other access points to the app, including:

  • Route planning and locations of available charging stations along the way.
  • Real-time alerts about range.
  • Click-to-charge payment for public charging.

Chevrolet Bolt Recalls

There is much to like about the simple usability of the Chevrolet Bolt or Bolt EUV, including their high-value pricing. Unfortunately, it was smacked down last year with a significant recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM had to recall all 143,000 Bolt and Bolt EUV models because of a battery manufacturing defect that increased fire risk. Korea-based LG Energy Solutions makes the lithium-ion batteries.

GM quickly found two manufacturing defects in the battery cells: a torn anode tab and folded separator. GM said that in some rare circumstances, the defects could lead to a battery fire.

The remedy is to replace entire battery packs or selected battery modules. Progress has been slow, and other occasional electrical glitches have been noted, according to comments on the many Bolt-owner websites. Among my sources were ChevyBolt.org and the Chevy Bolt Owners Facebook page.

Says General Motors: “We continue to prioritize battery module replacements for customers and are making progress every day. Customers who have completed the most recent software update can charge their [Bolt] battery to 100 percent capacity.”

Federal law requires automakers to provide hybrid battery warranty coverage of 8 years or 100,000 miles. But California requires a warranty length of 10 years or 150,000 miles.

Check here for Chevrolet information on the Bolt recall.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to NHTSA.gov.

Chevrolet Bolt Pricing

For 2023, the 2023 Bolt EV is available in two trim levels: 1LT and 2LT, with starting prices of $26,595 and $29,795.

The 2023 Bolt EUV is available in four trim levels: LT, LT Redline, Premier, and Premier Redline. New for 2023, the Redline treatment includes black wheels with red accents, black leather-trimmed upholstery with red stitching, and a horizontal red line on exterior mirror caps. The Redline is available with no-cost paint colors of Mosaic Black Metallic, Silver Flare Metallic, or Summit White.

2023 Bolt EUV starting prices are $28,195 for the LT; $28,690 for the LT Redline; $32,695 for Premier, and $33,190 for Premier Redline. All Bolt MSRPs include the $995 freight charge from Lake Orion, Mich.

 Chevrolet Bolt Tax Incentives

Congress recently passed new legislation in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The law changes credit amounts and requirements for clean energy vehicles, according to FuelEconomy.gov. Among the new requirements to qualify for a federal EV tax incentive, the vehicle’s final assembly has to be completed in North America.

In regard to the federal EV tax credit for the Chevrolet Bolt, General Motors is waiting on full Treasury guidance to determine vehicle eligibility. However, the IRA requirements make an important modification to the EV tax credit: It lifts the 200,000-vehicle-volume cap, which GM had already hit as an early mover on EVs.

According to GM’s latest statement on the federal EV tax credit provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act: “We think the legislation aligns very well with GM’s long-term plans, and over the life of the credit, we intend to offer a number of vehicles that should be eligible.

“While some of the provisions are challenging and cannot be achieved overnight, we are confident we can rise to the challenge because of the domestic manufacturing investments we are making to secure a supply chain for batteries and critical minerals,” GM said in the statement. “We will have more updates after the implementing guidance is finalized.”

For updates, check with your Chevrolet dealership or FuelEconomy.gov

Chevy Bolt Standard Equipment

There is no shortage of standard equipment on the base LT model. Among its safety features are 10 air bags, an electric parking brake, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

LT convenience features include keyless entry and starting with remote start, six-way manually adjusted front seats, wireless phone charging, USB type A and C charge ports, six-speaker audio system, HD rearview camera with guidance lines, and wireless capability for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

The 8-inch color driver-information center (gauges) has a choice of visual themes for Modern or Enhanced. And there is a screen that includes displays of vehicle efficiency with programmable charge times.

The Premier tester was $37,390 with the two major factory option packages of Sun and Sound ($2,495) and Super Cruise, $2,200. Details are below in the specifications chart.

Bolt EUV Premier adds such extras as perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. Safety technologies include rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rear camera mirror (digital), HD surround-view camera system, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert.

Find current pricing and special offers for the 2022 and 2023 Bolt EUV here.

A view of the Bolt shift console and upper infotainment system screen

Bolt electronics are not intimidating but facilitating.

Bolt EUV Interior Function

The Bolt EUV has big-and-tall head and leg room for a subcompact-class SUV.

Front headroom is large-vehicle tall at 40 inches as a hardtop or 39.1 inches with the dual-panel panoramic power sunroof, part of the $2,495 Sun and Sand package.

Legroom in the front seats is a lengthy 44.3 inches. There is comfortable seating for a 6-foot-6 passenger who has uncropped visibility out the windshield or having to steeply recline the seatback.

Back seat roominess benefits from a completely flat floor. While the rear legroom is long, the bench seat bottom is short for adult thigh support. But it works well for the school carpool or ride-hailing.

Cargo space is just a few tenths smaller than the standard Bolt. The space measures 16.3 cubic feet behind the back seat or 56.9 cu. ft. with the 60/40 back folded. The cargo entry opening is wide at 41 inches with multi-level capacity. Subfloor storage beneath the second level neatly stores the charging cables. Fold the back seat for 5 feet in length. And the roof rack is low enough to load bikes or other awkward-shaped gear that won’t fit inside.

Interior Design

Chevrolet interiors have a premium mix of plastics and other textured materials, all of which are in the Bolt.

The driver area is simply designed and straightforward to use. The technologies, such as the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus touchscreen, are not intimidating but facilitating. Its 10.2-inch-wide screen is easily viewed, and there should be no frustration for tech beginners to page through the choices.

Especially welcome are physical switches for many cabin functions, such as fan speed, temp control, and seat heating and ventilation.

Driver sightlines are unencumbered at the side mirrors or over the shoulder. And in between, the Premier’s surround-view camera system gives overhead and front or rear views. It is salvation when inching out of tight parking to see when it is time to crank the steering wheel.

The Bolt EUV back seat

Short bench but long legroom of 39.2 inches in the Bolt EUV.

Performance and One-Pedal Driving

There is enjoyable kick to the Bolt EUV performance with its 200 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque. For most of my test week, I nursed the battery reserve by driving in Normal mode. And then I found Sport mode, which changed my perspective. Sport mode adds a line-drive response to acceleration. It is not blunt-force fun, but Chevy cites an estimated acceleration to 60 mph in 7 seconds and 6.9 for the slightly shorter Bolt EV.

With a Level 2 charger at home and the freedom to charge at will, I felt empowered to enjoy the quickness of Sport mode. And, in my experience, it was not a significant drain on the battery. The quick zip is enjoyable around town and essential to guard your line in commuter traffic.

The 200-hp Bolt powertrain

The 200-hp Bolt powertrain. (Mark Maynard)

One-Pedal Driving

I especially enjoy the feature of one-pedal driving, the so-called e-Pedal. The driver can slow or stop the Bolt using only the accelerator pedal under most conditions. And at the same time, the system recaptures energy for the battery.

In time, drivers can anticipate their stopping distance and lift off the accelerator to stop precisely at the intersection. The function does not eliminate the need to use the brake pedal altogether, especially in emergencies. But using one-pedal driving reduces the switching back and forth between pedals, which can take away from the electric driving range.

The one-pedal function can be switched off at the shift-console button. Sometimes when inching along in heavy traffic or when parking, the e-Pedal operation can be jerky.

When one-pedal is not engaged, the driver can get manually applied regeneration by using the Regen on Demand paddle at the back of the steering wheel. Pulling the regen paddle activates the regeneration process, piping kinetic energy to the battery.

Bolt EUV Ride and Handling

For a tall and small SUV, the Bolt EUV rolls with uncommon smoothness and no choppiness on the interstate. The suspension is simple but well-engineered of front MacPherson struts with a solid stabilizer bar and a rear torsion beam with coil springs.

The driver might notice the heft of the curb weight, 3,715 pounds, with the 947-pound battery. But I experienced no bottoming-out in dips are sensitivity to chin scrapes at driveways.

The suspension has a comfort-ride composure, but the Bolt EUV is steady in evasive maneuvers or hard braking. Its turning circle of 38.3 feet is nimble enough in cramped parking or making a U-turn on a side street.

Regenerative four-wheel-disc braking has vented 11-inch front rotors and 10-inch solid rotors rear. There is good steering response and little noise or road harshness transmitted by the 17-inch Michelin Energy Saver Selfseal (215/50).

And the Bolts are dolly towable behind a motorhome.

Super Cruise Technology

The 2022 Bolt EUV is the first Chevrolet offered with Super Cruise, a so-called hands-free driver assistance technology for enabled roads. The assist system can be used on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads in the U.S. and Canada.

Super Cruise employs many advanced technology features, including a Driver Attention System and precision LiDAR map data. The Driver Attention System uses a small camera on the top of the steering column. It works with infrared lights to determine where the driver is looking whenever Super Cruise is in operation.

If the Driver Attention System detects the driver’s gaze has turned away from the road ahead for too long, the steering wheel light bar will prompt the driver to return their attention to the road. If the system determines continued inattentiveness, it will use visible and audible alerts to notify the driver to take back control of the wheel.

I don’t like surprises while driving, and semi-autonomous or fully autonomous systems always inject a little surprise into the driving experience. In my experiences with Super Cruise, I consider it a good hands-on driver-assist system — and I always drive with my hands poised near the steering wheel.

Super Cruise Confusion

Like many driver-assist systems, Super Cruise is not precise in lane centering. At times, the system would issue alerts when the Bolt EUV crossed into the white lines of lane delineation — but it did not cross over completely.

It was a prior testing experience that really put me on guard. While testing a GMC Sierra with the hands-free system, Super Cruise misread the road ahead.

Along a section of Interstate 5 north of downtown San Diego near the state Route 52 exit toward La Jolla, the interstate runs beneath SR52 as it merges with the interstate. The divided highway of SR52 cast two bold shadows across I-5. Approaching the underpass at 65 mph, Super Cruise must have thought the dark shadows were solid objects. The system applied full braking force at the first shadow crossing the interstate. It could not have stopped the truck, as the Sierra crossed the first shadow, it resumed heavy acceleration. Then, just a few yards beyond it came upon the second shadow, and Super Cruise again slammed on the brakes.

Fortunately, in both incidents the highway behind was clear for several car lengths.

I took over steering as my pounding heart rate settled down. The Super Cruise system also shut down and gave a message that the dealership should examine the vehicle.

While testing Super Cruise in the Bolt EUV, I covered the same interstate route to see what would happen. It was a cloudy day, but the system still applied braking but less firmly at the lighter shadows.

If I were buying a Bolt EUV, I’d pass on the $2,200 Super Cruise option and enjoy the standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go.

Fold the Bolt's 60/40 folding back seat for about 5 feet in length.

Fold the 60/40 folding back seat for about 5 feet in length. (Mark Maynard)

Why Buy the Chevrolet Bolt EUV?

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is not a lifestyle statement. It is a life choice — and a smart one. It has the familiar operation of a traditional car but elevated by electric power.

There are many compact SUV EVs that are theaters of dazzling electronic tech. And most of those can cost $50,000 and a lot more.

The Bolts are an uncompromising first step into the future of battery-electric vehicles.

The second level of Bolt subfloor storage.

The Bolt EUV’s second level of subfloor storage. (Mark Maynard)

The third level of Bolt subfloor storage for storing the charge cable

Charging cables and Super Cruise brain in the lowest cargo subfloor. (Mark Maynard)

Chevrolet Bolt EUV Specifications

Body style: subcompact, 5-door, 5-seat, front-wheel drive battery-electric SUV crossover

Transmission: 1-speed automatic with one-pedal drive and Sport mode

BATTERY SYSTEM

Battery: 65 kWh lithium-ion of 288 cells

Weight: 947 pounds

ELECTRIC DRIVE

Type: Single motor and gearset

Motor: 200-hp permanent magnetic drive motor; 266 lb.-ft. torque

Driving range: EPA-estimated 247 miles on a full charge

0-60 mph acceleration: 7 seconds, using Sport mode

CHARGING TIMES

120 volt: 4 miles of range per hour

240 volt, 32 amps (dual charge cord): 25 miles of range per hour; full charge in about 10 hours

240 volt, 48 amps: 37 miles of range per hour; full charge in about 7 hours

DC fast charge: up to 95 miles in 30 minutes

EPA fuel economy equivalent: 125/104 city/hwy MPGe

BY THE NUMBERS

Cargo space: 16.3-56.9 cubic feet

Front head/leg room: 39.1*/44.3 inches *40 inches w/o sunroof

Rear head/leg room: 37.8/39.2 inches

Length/wheelbase: 169.7/105.3 inches

Curb weight: 3,715 pounds

Turning circle: 38.3 feet

FEATURES

Standard equipment includes: smart key locking and push-button ignition, remote start, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus with 10.2-inch wide HD color touch screen with voice recognition, electric parking brake, Bluetooth phone and audio, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable, in-vehicle apps, wireless charging, efficiency display screens with programable charge times, perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-inch driver-information display, sliding visors with lighted vanity mirrors, 8-way power driver seat with 2-way lumbar, 6-way manual front passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, HD surround-view camera system, solar-absorbing glass, LED headlights-taillights-daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels with carbon flash painted pockets, heated and power adjusted side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, rear wiper-washer.

Safety features include: 8 air bags; stability and traction controls; lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear park assist (standard on Premier and available on LT).

Chevy Safety Assist includes automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, following-distance indicator, forward collision alert, and IntelliBeam auto high beams.

PRICING

Bolt EUV Premier base price: $32,695 including $995 freight charge; price as tested $43,690

Options on test vehicle: Sun and Sound package, $2,495, includes 7-speaker Bose audio system, power dual-panel sunroof with power sunshade, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus with navigation;

Super Cruise, $2,200, includes 3-years of Super Cruise connectivity and enhanced automatic emergency braking.

Where assembled: Lake Orion, Mich.

Warranties: 3-years/36,000-miles basic bumper to bumper; free first scheduled maintenance service; 8-years/100,000-miles electric propulsion components (but 10-years/150,000-miles in California); 5 years/60,000 miles roadside assistance and courtesy vehicle when serviced

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review

The Corvette Stingray is a track weapon, a daily driver, and a grand tourer

A horizontal view of the Corvette Stingray at the harbor

The 2022 Corvette Stingray is sold in three trim levels with starting prices of $62,295 to $74,245. (Photography by Mark Maynard)

Table of Contents

Pricing
5 Cool Things
Powertrain and Transmission
Ride and Handling
Interior Function
Electrified Corvettes
70th Anniversary Edition Corvette
New for 2023
Why Buy the Corvette Stingray
Specifications

BY MARK MAYNARD

The Corvette Stingray is waaay too easy to drive way too fast. I’m not complaining, however, this modern flying shingle is not always easy to live with.

The Corvette will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2023. Now in its eighth generation, this American icon of a car has the longest-running nameplate on the road today, Chevrolet says. And it will celebrate the occasion with 70th Anniversary Edition models, but more on that below.

Now in its eighth generation, the Corvette Stingray is a complete re-engineering that swapped the traditional front-engine format for a midengine layout. The Stingray continues as rear-wheel drive, but Chevrolet just announced plans for electrified and electric versions. And more on that below, too.

“In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but it drives better than any in Corvette history,” General Motors President Mark Reuss said in a statement.

Compared to the Gen-7 Corvette, the new Stingray is 2.5 inches longer on a half-inch longer wheelbase (107.2 inches). It is 2.2 inches wider (76.1 inches) with a roofline lowered by 0.2 inch. The turning circle grew slightly to 38 feet, but the FE4 option for Magnetic Ride Control will trim the arc to 36.4 feet. (And you will want the MR control, $1,895.)

The Stingray driver seat in red leather

Headroom of 37.9 inches will accommodate 6-feet-plus drivers.

2022 Corvette Stingray Pricing

The 2022 Corvette Stingray is sold in trim levels of LT1, LT2, and LT3.

The LT1 is the garden-variety Corvette Stingray. It has the genuine powertrain but with fewer convenience features and access to options. Stingray LT1 pricing starts at $62,295, including the $1,395 freight charge from Bowling Green, Ky.

LT2 is the sweet spot for standard features and access to desirable extras. Pricing starts at $69,595.

LT3 is the loaded choice, starting at $74,245.

Today’s LT2 tester was $78,425 with options that most’ Vette enthusiasts would want. (Standard and optional features for the test car are in the specs box at the end of the story.)

The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 8-inch HD color touch screen

The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 8-inch HD color touch screen for navigation and the rearview camera with a front curb view.

5 Cool Things About Stingray

Hydraulic lift system. Allows the driver to raise the chin by 2 inches for driveway and speed-bump transitions. The system is GPS-enabled and can remember 1,000 locations to automatically raise. It lifts almost as quickly as the Stingray can launch to 60 mph, in 2.8 seconds.

Two trunks. The 12.6-cubic-foot rear trunk has space for two medium-size golf bags or an airline-spec carry-on and a laptop bag. A “frunk,” front trunk, adds a couple of cubic feet.

Carbon fiber rear bumper beam. An industry first in a production car to save weight, Chevrolet says. The Stingray has a curb weight of 3,535 to 3,637 pounds, depending on trim level.

2 HD front cameras as parking aids to avoid curb rash.

A lightweight glass panel on the rear hatch shows off the 6.2-liter V-8.

The glass liftgate shows off the engine

A lightweight glass panel on the rear hatch shows off the LT2. An open slot at the base of the glass and side vents evacuates heat.

Stingray Powertrain

The re-engineered and naturally aspirated V-8, known as the LT2, has 490 horsepower and 465 foot-pounds of torque at 5,150 rpm. Opt for the performance exhaust ($1,195) and get 495-hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. And that would be a well-spent $1,195.

Every part under the hood, including the exhaust system’s wires, tubes, routing fasteners, coolant hoses, exhaust manifold, and even the bolts and fasteners, was built with appearance in mind, said Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter in a statement. Even the heat shields are textured. And the lightweight glass panel on the rear hatch allows owners to show off the engine.

The LT2 V-8 has two overhead valves per cylinder and direct injection. Active Fuel Management shuts off a bank of cylinders when the engine is not under acceleration, such as when cruising on the highway.

Fuel economy ratings are 16 mpg city, 24 highway, and 19 mpg combined on the recommended 87 octane. It is not uncommon to see 24 to 28 mpg on the highway or 9 to 12 mpg around town.

Stingray 6.2 liter V8

The 495-hp ‘redhead,’ with the carbon trim package.

DCT Transmission

There is no choice for a manual transmission. And for the first time, there is an eight-speed dual-clutch (automated manual) automatic with six drive modes. A button on the shift console allows manual shifting.

The six drive modes are Weather, Tour, Sport, Track, MyMode (configurable to the driver), and Z mode. The “Z” is for Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of Corvette, and also the Z06, ZR1, and Z51 Corvette performance packages.

Z mode is activated by a metallic “Z” button on the steering wheel. This mode builds on the MyMode configurations and includes a powertrain setting that controls the gas pedal, transmission, and engine response.

Engineers calibrated the DCT with a low first gear to quickly get the car off the line. The close-ratio, two-through-six gears keep the engine near the power peak on track, Juechter said. Tall seventh and eighth gears make for fuel-efficient long-distance cruising with low mechanical stress.

“The performance shift algorithms are so driver-focused, they can sense when you’re doing spirited driving — regardless of driving mode — and will hold lower gears longer for more throttle response,” Juechter said.

The midengine layout allows the car to “rotate around you in a turn,” he said. “The very short, straight (electric) steering system gives an instant response.”

And the Stingray has better weight distribution.

“The driving dynamics are better than we thought they’d be,” Juechter said.

He calls the new Corvette a track weapon, a daily driver, and a grand tourer.

The multifunction steering wheel

The flat top and bottom steering wheel helps visibility and thigh room.

Stingray Ride and Handling

Once the driver is belted into position, the Corvette Stingray experience is supercar sublime. It’s the crackle and hack of the 495-hp V-8 as it clears its throat on start-up. And then the siren song of the pipes blaring at 3,000 rpm in third gear.

The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control ($1,895) is the secret sauce to the suspension. It has a remarkable range to be so effective from touring to track modes. Ride comfort in Touring mode soaks up more road harshness than a typical family car. Track mode is hard but not hostile.

Suspension engineering, braking, and wide rubber form a united front of car control.

Tires on the Stingray are of staggered sizes front to rear: 245/35ZR 19 inches front and 305/30ZR 20 inches rear. Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 performance run-flat tires provide supple grip when pushed to the edge, without the hardness of some zero-pressure tires.

Front and rear Brembo disc brakes have four-piston two-piece front calipers and four-piston monobloc rear calipers — 12.6 inches front, 13.3 inches rear.

And oh, how fine it feels when downshifting and tucking into a corner — it’s the promise of a good time. The sensation recalls how much fun driving once was.

The Trident 19-inch front wheel

Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 performance run-flat tires and optional Trident wheels, $1,495.

Interior Function

The supercar cabin is as functional as it can be. There is wide hip and shoulder room of 52/54.4 inches, but the side bucket-seat bolsters might feel narrow for some.

The cockpit interior is a driver-focused command center. A ridge of cabin controls sweeps downward from the instrument panel to the armrest console. The design looks cool (if a little gimmicky) to select temperature controls, fan, and the heated and ventilated seats. But the design also creates a mono-posto effect that isolates the passenger from the experience, with not much of an “oh-shit” grab bar for support.

A low open-door view of the Stingray cockpit

GT1 bucket seats in the Adrenaline Red and Mulan leather.

Electrified Corvettes

General Motors President Mark Reuss announced via LinkedIn.com that there would be news of electrified Corvettes soon.

“Yes, in addition to the amazing new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and other gas-powered variants coming, we will offer an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future. In fact, we will offer an electrified Corvette as early as next year. Details and names to come at a later date.”

70th Anniversary Edition Corvette

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of Corvette. In tribute, there will be special 70th Anniversary Edition packages for the 2023 model year Corvette Stingray and Corvette Z06.

70th Anniversary Edition Corvettes will be built in one of two exterior colors unique to this package: White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat or Carbon Flash Metallic. Stripes will be available in colors of Satin Gray with the White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat and Satin Black with the Carbon Flash Metallic.

Corvette 70th crossflags

70th Anniversary Corvette crossflags.

Special 70th Anniversary Edition features include distinct wheels with commemorative wheel center caps. While Stingray and Z06 have different wheel designs, the wheels share a similar dark finish and Edge Red stripe.

Inside the cockpit are Ceramic leather GT2 or Competition Sport seats, red stitching throughout, red seatbelts, and suede-like microfiber seat inserts and steering wheel.

Additional 70th Anniversary Edition content includes:

  • Exterior badging, including special Corvette crossflags;
  • Edge Red brake calipers;
  • Logo on seats, steering wheel, and sill plates;
  • Rear bumper protector and trunk cover;
  • Custom luggage set with red stitching and 70th Anniversary Edition logo;
  • Edge Red engine cover for the coupes.

The 70th Anniversary Edition package will be available when production starts later this year on 2023 Corvette Stingray 3LT and Z06 3LZ
coupe and convertible models. Pricing had not been announced at the time of posting this story. Car and Driver speculates the 2023 Z06 will start at around $90,000.

Get the details at the 2023 Corvette Z06 visualizer on Chevrolet.com. It also includes details on the 70th Anniversary Edition package.

And here is the link to my first look at the 2023 Corvette Z06.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition in White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat.

The 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition in White Pearl Metallic. (Chevrolet)

Also New for the 2023 Corvette

All 2023 Corvettes, including those not equipped with the 70th Anniversary Edition package, will feature a commemorative 70th anniversary interior plaque on the center speaker grille and a graphic imprinted on the lower rear window.

And there are two new paint colors, raising the choices to 14, with eight interior colors.

Why Buy the Corvette Stingray?

The Stingray LT2 is the sweet spot of the Corvette trim levels. The LT1 has limitations for personalization; the LT3 can be too intense for the enthusiastic fan flirting with Corvette ownership. And the LT2 has supercar potential with open arms for any level of driver.

The tester in Hypersonic Gray Metallic paint and the Trident silver-painted aluminum wheels gave the Stingray a sophisticated presence. Not all Corvettes have to be red.

If you knew the previous Corvette, elements of the new Stingray would be familiar:

• The distinct interior smell of the composite fiberglass and plastic body panels.

• The V-8 still sounds like a Corvette. And the push of rear-wheel drive is smile-generating.

• Seat height and the wide view over the hood and at the side windows.

But no matter how glorious it can be to drive, it also is self-limiting to buyers:

• The wide and low body is a workout when trying to park in a small shopping strip;

• Low seat drop-in height, and the oomph-boost when exiting the cabin;

• Long doors create a door-ding squeeze for entry in tight parking situations.

The Corvette Enigma

The Chevrolet Corvette is an enigma, an icon, an American all-star, and a hometown hero.

I’ve been testing Corvettes since the fourth generation, or C4, which ran from 1984 to 1996. The public reaction to seeing a Corvette is unlike any other high-performance sports car I’ve tested.

The Corvette generates friendly encounters with fans and the fascinated. Passers-by go out of their way to share their Corvette stories. I’ve been waved through several times at four-way stop signs before it was my turn. That has never happened in a Porsche.

And rather than hot-shoes looking to challenge the big-bad Corvette, I get a thumbs-up.

Perhaps it is respect and honor for the badge.

A three-quarter rear view

The tester in Hypersonic Gray Metallic paint had a sticker of $78,425.

2022 Corvette Stingray Coupe 2LT Specifications

Body style: 2-seat, rear-wheel-drive sport coupe with a liftoff roof panel and composite body

Engine: 490-hp, direct-injection, OHV 6.2-liter LT2 V-8; 465 lb.-ft. torque at 5,150 rpm

Transmission: 8-speed dual-clutch with manual and automatic modes

0-60 mph acceleration: 3 seconds; quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 123 mph

Fuel economy: 16/24/19 mpg city/hwy/combined; 87 octane

BY THE NUMBERS

Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons

Trunk space: 12.6 cubic feet

Head/leg room: 37.9/42.8 inches

Length/wheelbase: 182.3/107.2 inches

Width/height: 76.1/48.6 inches

Track, front/rear: 64.9/62.4 inches

Curb weight: 3,535 pounds

Turning circle: 38 feet (or 36.4 feet with the FE4 option for Magnetic Ride Control)

FEATURES

LT2 standard equipment includes: Keyless open and push-button ignition with remote start; leather-trimmed upholstery; 12-inch color driver gauge display; HD front and rear cameras; wireless Apple CarPlay/Wireless Android Auto capability; wireless charging; 8-way power GT1 bucket seats with lumbar and bolster adjustment; performance data and video recorder; memory seat presets for driver and passenger; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping; rear camera mirror; Bose Performance Series 14-speaker audio system; head-up display; Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with navigation and 8-inch HD color touch screen; carpeted floor mats and cargo nets; floor console with covered storage; vehicle health management

LT2 Exterior features: Removable roof panel; Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 performance run-flat tires (245/35ZR19 front and 305/30ZR20 rear); 19-inch front and 20-inch rear 5-open-spoke Bright Silver-painted aluminum wheels; Solar-Ray light-tinted glass; limited-slip rear differential; body-color heated, driver-side auto-dimming power-folding outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators; body-color roof panel; Carbon Flash exterior badge and trim package; LED headlights;

Safety features include: 4 air bags, traction and stability controls, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, side blind zone alert; inclination (theft) sensor

PRICING

Base price: $62,295, including $1,395 freight charge; price as tested $78,425

Options on test vehicle:

  • Front adjustable height lift, with GPS memory, $2,260;
  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control, $1,895.
  • 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Trident wheels, $1,495.
  • Performance exhaust, $1,195.
  • Engine appearance package, $995 (Carbon pieces)
  • Low rear spoiler and front splitter, $595.
  • Torch Red seat belts, $395

Where assembled: Bowling Green, Ky.

Warranty: 3-years/36,000-miles bumper to bumper; 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain with roadside assistance; free first maintenance

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2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Reveal

Race-bred 2023 Corvette Z06 will be the most capable ever, powered by a new 670-hp LT6 V-8

An exterior-rear view of the 2023 Z06

Chevrolet says it is putting the world on notice with its 2023 Corvette Z06, a global supercar made in America. (Photography courtesy of Chevrolet)

BY MARK MAYNARD

Chevrolet has just shown the 2023 Corvette Z06 with its new 5.5-liter LT6 naturally-aspirated V-8. The 670-horsepower engine is “the highest horsepower, naturally-aspirated V-8 to hit the market in any production car, ever,” Chevrolet said in a statement.

The engineers spent two years crafting a distinctive, rich exhaust tone unlike anything ever heard from a Corvette.

The Z06 chassis has underpinned Corvette Racing’s C8.R since it began competing in 2020. Using a shared chassis, similar engine architecture, and exterior proportions, the C8.R has been referred to internally as the Z06 hiding in plain sight, Chevrolet said in a statement.

Learn more at the Chevrolet website. And watch the release video narrated by Justin Bell.

A static engine display of the Z06 V-8.

The 2023 Corvette Z06 is powered by the 5.5-liter LT6 V-8. The engine makes 670 hp at 8,400 rpm with 460 foot-pounds of torque at 6,300 rpm.

Corvette Z06 Development

The Corvette Z06 was born in 1963 as an optional Special Equipment Package intended for racers. It included a stiffer suspension, heavy-duty brakes, a thicker front stabilizer bar, and a large, 36-gallon fuel tank that reduced the number of necessary pit stops in longer races. A fuel-injected 5.4-liter engine (327 cubic inches) and a close-ratio four-speed manual transmission were required with the package.

“Racing was the reason the Z06 was developed in 1963, and it continues to support the development of the road models that make them better on the street and the track,” said Tadge Juechter, chief executive engineer, Corvette. “It also means we’ve tested the Z06 on the best tracks around the world, from Circuit of the Americas here in the United States, to the Nürburgring in Germany.”

According to Chevrolet testing, the LT6 has 670 hp at 8,400 rpm and 460 foot-pounds of torque at 6,300 rpm. And the tachometer is set at a lofty 8,600 rpm. Chevrolet cites

The quad outlet of center exhaust tips on the Z06

The rear fascia houses centered floating exhaust bezels.

The LT6 is hand-assembled at the Performance Build Center in Kentucky’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Each engine features a plaque on the intake manifold with the technician’s signature, who crafted it from start to finish.

The new Z06 will be available in hardtop and convertible body styles in left- and right-hand drive. Production is set to begin in summer 2022.

The cockpit of the 2023 Z06 with a lot of carbon-fiber trim

The cockpit has been “elevated,” Chevrolet says, with rich materials and textures, including more carbon fiber trim.

Highlights of the 2023 Corvette Z06

  • A stance 3.6 inches wider than the Stingray, which gives room for its massive 345-series rear tires and more airflow through side air vents;
  • Unique front and rear fascias, a first for Z06. The front fascia is designed to optimize engine cooling. Special features include channeling air to a center heat exchanger, which is one of five for maximum cooling performance;
  • The reconfigurable rear spoiler, unique to Z06, has height-adjustable “wickerbill” elements. Subtle adjustments can improve high-speed stability and cornering capability on a racetrack;
    The rear spoiler on the Z06

    The reconfigurable rear spoiler, unique to Z06, has height-adjustable “wickerbill” elements.

     

  • Standard 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged aluminum “spider” wheels — the largest wheels ever available on a production Corvette. There also are optional carbon fiber wheels (shown in the photo) that provide a 41-pound reduction in unsprung mass;
  • Specific suspension tuning includes Magnetic Ride Control 4.0. And the six-piston front disc brakes are larger than on the Stingray.
  • Brembo brake rotors are 14.6 inches in diameter at the front with six-piston calipers (compared to four-piston on the Stingray). Rear discs are 15 inches.
    The optional carbon fiber wheels on the Z06

    Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires are standard, with Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires included with the available Z07 package.

     

  • Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission has a “shorter” 5.56 final drive ratio compared to the Corvette Stingray, which boosts acceleration performance’
  • The driver area has been “elevated” with “rich materials and textures, including more carbon fiber trim and new options”;
  • Unique rear fascia houses centered floating exhaust bezels.
A closeup of the Z06 gauge array showing an 8,600 rpm redline.

The tachometer redlines at 8,600 rpm, 2,000 rpm more than the Stingray.

Z07 Performance Package

The optional Z07 performance package provides 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph, more than any Corvette ever. The package includes a carbon fiber high rear wing and ground effects, specific chassis tuning, specific Magnetic Ride Control calibration, and unique Michelin Cup 2 R ZP tires, along with Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and optional carbon fiber wheels.

2023 Z06 convertible and hardtop

The Corvette Z06 is set to begin production next summer 2022. As for all Corvettes, the Z06 will be built at the Bowling Green Assembly in left- and right-hand drive.

“Virtually every component that distinguishes the Z06 was developed to support or enhance its capability,” said Juechter. “By leveraging the mid-engine architecture’s inherent advantages, we are able to achieve 6 percent more downforce than a seventh-gen ZR1 at 8 percent lower drag.”

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