2017 Chevrolet Corvette Owners Manual –The Corvette has been around for seven generations. In human terms, that means the 2017 Corvette C7 has a great-great-great-great grandfather. Although it must be said that car generations are more like dog years. Some teenagers today have just-plain grandfathers who owned a new 1953 Corvette. So it’s honestly come a long way in a relatively short time.
If the acceleration of the Stingray bulges your eyeballs, the power of the Z06 will pop them out. The Stingray will blast from zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds with the automatic, and do the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds. The Z06 gets to 60 mph in an almost unbelievable 2.95 seconds.
For 2017, there’s a new Grand Sports model that uses the naturally aspirated Stingray powertrain with the supercharged Z06 suspension and handling geometry. It could do track days like that, but to make it and the Z06 even sharper, there’s a Z07 handling package that also includes carbon-ceramic brakes. The Grand Sport makes five more horsepower than the Stingray and is a couple of tenths quicker in the quarter mile.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Price & Model Lineup
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette is available as a Stingray Coupe ($55,450), Stingray Convertible ($59,450), Grand Sport ($65,450), and Z06 ($79,450).
Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control; an infotainment system with an 8.0-inch color touchscreen; satellite radio; Bluetooth with audio streaming; USB and power ports; a rearview camera; keyless ignition; cruise control; and a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, and OnStar.
Optional are Nappa leather or micro-suede, aluminum or carbon fiber trim, curb-view camera, head-up display, HD radio, 10-speaker Bose audio, competition sports seats, and navigation. But no blind-spot monitors.
The Z06 package also includes Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, adjustable front, and rear aero components, and Michelin Pilot Super Sports Cup 2 tires.
The Z51 package includes lighter wheels, bigger brakes, more last aerodynamic bits, an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oil system, an oil cooler for the differential and transmission, and stiffer shocks, springs and anti-roll bars.
Adjustable ride control settings are available with the Magnetic Selective Ride Control option, enabling various levels of ride comfort and performance. The magnetic ride suspension is possible without the Z51 package and comes bundled with the Z51’s rear spoiler and wheels.
Finally, there’s an available performance data recorder with video. It can be used as a security device to make sure your Corvette isn’t taken for any joy rides by valet car-parkers.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior
The Corvette C7 is full, low, and looks fast. The long hood swept windshield, and abrupt rear end defines the proportions. It’s also never met a slit, scoop, or duct it doesn’t like. The busy curves and creases intersect and warp. The sharp lines, angles, and vents give it the air of a supercar, but they tire your eyes.
At least an extreme number of lines and surfaces announce what the Corvette is all about. Especially the Z06, with even broader fenders and an array of aero additions.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Interior
The Corvette’s cabin needs the pricey optional trim, like aluminum or carbon-fiber, to move beyond the look of basic. The Corvette could learn some things from the Porsche 718, for its tight, low-key interior.
That’s not to say the ‘Vette isn’t sharp and modern. Everywhere the materials are right, with a lot of soft-touch surfaces. Touches like the passenger climate control integrated into the outboard vent make this sports car feel like a grand touring car. The Porsche 911 and Mercedes AMG GT have a higher grade of trim, but they cost twice as much. The instrument panel is driver-focused and straightforward. The optional carbon fiber makes the Corvette feels like a six-figure supercar; so do the optional suede and luxurious leather, in deep designer colors.
The standard front seats are great, supportive and grippy, with a highly adjustable driver’s seat and an adjustable steering wheel; but the free seats are more excellent. You can reach the shift lever without contortions. The Competition Sports seats have a race-inspired form and function for hard cornering. The cabin is snug but not tight. There’s the good head, hip, and legroom in front, even for six-footers. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is a bit small but comfortable.
Storage is good for a sports car. There are a few cubbies and boxes, with a hidden compartment behind the nav screen for your phone, with a jack. The real magic is the large, flat cargo area under the hatch of the coupe. It holds a surprising amount of luggage or stuff, making the Corvette almost practical. Convertibles have a trunk with less space, but it’s still adequate.
The convertible’s tight top seats itself at the top of the windshield, allowing you to raise or lower the head at speeds of up to 30 mph. Wind buffeting is stronger than some touring convertibles, but it’s not bad. Get the optional dealer-installed wind-blocker for an improvement. Rear visibility is miserable. The standard rearview camera is necessary when backing up, but it doesn’t help when you’re trying to see what’s happening behind you on the freeway.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Driving Impressions
We’re not the first to say that the Z06 would still be a benchmark at twice the price. But any Corvette is an incredible performance bargain, whether it’s the Z06, a Stingray with the Z51 package, or the Grand Sport with Z07 handling and braking upgrades. The Corvette is a fantastic bundle of power and grip. The Z06 and Z51 cars use an electronic differential to gain hold. The C7 can be harder to control with the aids off, though it still shows exceptional poise and balance. It can run on cars that cost twice the price.
The LT1 in the Stingray makes all the right noises, along with its 455 horsepower, as it runs to the end of the dragstrip in 12 seconds flat. Its 7-speed manual gearbox shifts were nearly as slick as its 8-speed automatic.
The Grand Sport’s more full rear fenders have room for its wider tires, and the aero mods attract more attention. It’ll do the quarter in 11.8 seconds at 118 mph, and comes to a stop afterward on its big Brembo brakes. Spend another eight grand for the Z07 package, including Michelin Pilot Super Sports Cup 2 tires, carbon-ceramic brakes, Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers, and a more aggressive aero package.