The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car available in coupe, soft-top convertible, targa, and supercar trim levels. The base Corvette is powered by a 430 hp producing 6.2-liter V8 engine while upgrading to the Z06 trim level will grant the driver a 7.0-liter V8 engine that produces 505 hp. For maximum performance Chevrolet offers the ZR1 Corvette; utilizing a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine the ZR1 produces 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the upgraded engine the ZR1 features carbon-fiber accents, carbon-ceramic brakes, and an improved suspension. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 14 mpg city to 26 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Available features include leather seats, 19-inch wheels, steering wheel mounted audio controls, hands-free phone capabilities, premium sound system with navigation, and heads-up display. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, OnStar, anti-lock braking, vehicle stability control, and tire pressure monitoring. The Corvette is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 2012 Corvette is mostly the same as 2011's model, but a few optional items changed. A series of colored brake rotors is now offered. A new ZR1-style spoiler is available on non-ZR1 Corvettes. The 2LT and 3LT packages now include navigation and Bose audio as well as a heads-up display. A new Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition includes magnetic ride control, red calipers, ebony interior, special black and red wheels and a special Carbon Flash metallic paint. The Z06 lost the Carbon Special Edition, and on the ZR1, a new High Performance Package includes black cup-style wheels, 6-speed close-ratio transmission and black spoiler.
Classic American sports car; excellent performance even in base trim; world-class supercar value
The Corvette comes with no less than 430 horsepower, even in base trim. And while the Corvette will never be mistaken for an economy car, it does get a surprising 26 mpg on the highway when equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission. The Corvette's true value comes in its race-tuned engine and handling, its sexy curves, and in its grins per mile. All this comes at an entry price of just under $50,000--a terrific performance bargain.