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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

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What’s new

  • New 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1
  • The Carbon 65 Edition package has been discontinued
  • Part of the seventh Corvette generation introduced for 2014

Pros & Cons

  • Unbeatable performance for the price
  • Generous cargo space in the coupe
  • Comfortable ride quality for a sports car
  • Interior quality isn't quite at the level of its overseas competitors
  • Missing some of the latest driver safety aids
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$60,400 - $135,400
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Which Corvette does Edmunds recommend?

We think the Grand Sport 2LT is the sweet spot for the Corvette. Its 460 horsepower is enough for plenty of fun, and the adaptive suspension and other performance upgrades only make the car better in every situation. The front-view camera, head-up display, ventilated seats, and auto-dimming side mirror from the 2LT package also all offer solid improvement in day-to-day life with a Corvette.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.2 / 10

The current C7 generation Corvette has only started showing its age in minor ways. For example, it doesn't offer the driver aids or active safety features that have become ubiquitous in the last few years. But for 2019, the Chevrolet Corvette takes a big gulp from the fountain of youth, and the result is the new Corvette ZR1.

This supercar slayer is even more potent than the already outrageous Corvette Z06. It's supercharged, just like the Z06, but it's even more powerful. Thanks to a reworked supercharged V8, it cranks out an astounding 755 horsepower. (Its supercharger is so big Chevy had to cut a giant hole in the hood to make room for it.) Of course, Chevy will still sell you the 650-hp Z06 or the 455-hp model available in case your budget or sanity won't stretch to the ZR1.

In any guise, the Corvette is a blast to drive. But there's more than amazing performance to recommend the Corvette. The coupe has a larger trunk than you'd expect, the seats are comfortable, and — especially when equipped with adaptive suspension dampers — the ride is surprisingly compliant.

If the Corvette has any real weakness, it's that there are some amazing competitors on the road. And with a top price breaking into six-figure territory, buyers trying to trade dollars for driving excitement are spoiled for choice. But most buyers will be looking at the Stingray and Grand Sport models, and at that price point not much can match the Corvette's specific charms. The Corvette is American performance writ large, carrying on a proud, homegrown heritage.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette models

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is a two-seat sports car that is available in both coupe and convertible body types. The "regular" Corvette comes in standard Stingray and performance-oriented Grand Sport guises. Both are available in three trim levels: 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. Stingray trims can be paired with an additional Z51 performance package that bridges the gap between the Stingray and the Grand Sport. Above this lie the supercharged Z06 and the supercar-killing ZR1.

Chevy fits the Stingray, the Z51 and the Grand Sport with a 6.2-liter V8 (455 horsepower, 460 pound-feet). A performance exhaust that increases output to 460 hp is available on the Stingray and included on the Z51 and Grand Sport models. A seven-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matched downshifts is standard, while an eight-speed automatic is optional.

Standard features for the Stingray 1LT include 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels with summer tires, Brembo brakes, xenon headlights, LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

You also get On (with a 4G LTE data connection and Wi-Fi hotspot capability), Bluetooth, a driver information display, an 8-inch central touchscreen with Chevy's MyLink infotainment interface, a rearview camera, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a nine-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio.

All Stingray 2LT trims come with front-view parking cameras, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, a head-up display, a cargo shade (coupe only), upgraded interior trim, heated and ventilated seats with additional power adjustments, driver-seat memory settings, a theft-deterrent system, and a 10-speaker sound system.

The Stingray 3LT trims add premium leather upholstery with extended surface coverage, simulated-suede upper interior trim, and a navigation system that includes the Corvette's unique performance data recorder.

The Z51 package upgrades the Stingray's performance potential with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, larger front brakes, slotted brake rotors, sportier suspension tuning, revised transmission gear ratios for snappier responses (manual only), an electronic limited-slip differential, a differential cooler, dry-sump oiling for the V8 engine, and a dual-mode performance exhaust.

The Grand Sport largely mirrors the Stingray Z51 in terms of feature content, but it adds a slew of performance features taken from the Z06, including an upgraded cooling system, wider fenders and tires, adaptive dampers (using Chevy's Magnetic Ride Control system), upgraded suspension components and bigger brakes.

Sport seats are optional on these trim levels.

The Z06 1LZ starts with the Stingray Z51 1LT's standard equipment and adds a supercharged V8 (650 hp, 650 lb-ft), a Z06-specific sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, larger brakes, wider tires, a carbon-fiber hood, a more aggressive aero package (including wider front and rear fenders, expanded cooling vents, and a unique front grille and rear fascia) and the head-up display. The Z06 2LZ gets the 2LT's upgrades, while the Z06 3LZ gets the 3LT's upgrades.

For the Grand Sport and the Z06, Chevy offers a Z07 performance package. It adds carbon-ceramic brakes, an even more aggressively tuned suspension, bigger and stickier tires, and extra aerodynamic body pieces.

The new-for-2019 ZR1 ups the power to 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, along with accompanying upgrades that mirror the Z07 package. It can be equipped with either the seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Exterior and interior styling cues also set the ZR1 apart. Its two trims, the 1ZR and 3ZR, otherwise match the equipment upgrades on 1LT and 3LT Corvettes.

For all Corvettes, various interior and exterior styling and trim upgrades are also available, and some of the higher trim-level features, such as the audio system and performance data recorder, are optional on lower trims.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible (6.2L V8 | 7-speed manual | RWD).

Scorecard

Overall8.2 / 10
Driving9.0
Comfort8.0
Interior7.5
Utility6.0
Technology8.0

Driving

9.0
With the Grand Sport package, the Corvette is an almost telepathic performer. The engine and brakes are very strong and easy to modulate, and the manual transmission operates smoothly. Steering feel is lacking at the limit, but those limits are far beyond what most roads allow.

Acceleration

9.0
The 455-hp 6.2-liter V8 is a breathtaking wave of force. The Corvette has power everywhere in the rev range and is great fun at partial or full throttle. When you put your foot down, the car leaps for the horizon. It comes with more powerful engines, but this one is more than enough.

Braking

9.5
The Grand Sport brakes are strong and consistent. In our tests, the Corvette came to a stop from 60 mph in just 95 feet, which is impressive. Even better, the pedal feels very natural, and it's easy to modulate in normal driving.

Steering

7.5
The steering is nicely weighted and very precise. It's easy to place the car right where you want it. That said, there's almost no road feel from the steering wheel. The car's incredible grip makes that less of an issue, but it's difficult to know when you're approaching its limits.

Handling

8.5
The Corvette convertible just sticks to the ground, and with coupelike rigidity it isn't bothered much by midcorner bumps. It changes directions unbelievably quickly, with negligible body roll and drama. Unfortunately, it's a challenge to recover the back end if you push past the car's limits.

Drivability

9.0
The manual transmission is easy to shift. Clutch uptake is consistent and predictable, and the throttle is linear, so it's easy to make smooth ts. The rev-matching downshift feature works well. But upshifting from fourth to fifth gear can be tricky as you can grab seventh by accident.

Comfort

8.0
There's no getting around the fact that this is a convertible sports car, but it requires surprisingly little compromise on comfort. Magnetic Ride Control provides good ride quality, and the seats are comfortable for all but the tallest drivers. Ultimately, the biggest problem is tire noise.

Seat comfort

8.0
The seats have plenty of adjustability and good bolstering. They strike a nice balance between cushioning and support, being slightly softer than some sports-car seats. They may be a little tight and sit a little high for drivers 6 feet tall or taller.

Ride comfort

8.5
Magnetic Ride Control provides a buttoned-down ride without ever feeling crashy or harsh, and we wouldn't buy a Corvette without it. The ride is surprisingly forgiving for a car with big wheels and run-flat tires, and is communicative without being too jarring.

Noise & vibration

7.0
Wind noise isn't really a problem with the top up, and it's only a problem over 65 mph with the top down. But the Corvette's aggressive tires make a lot of noise on anything other than the smoothest tarmac, and they're pretty audible in the cabin. The engine is only loud when you want it to be.

Climate control

8.5
The climate control system has to work to keep up when it's hot out, but it always does the job and is easy to use. Heated and cooled seats are nice to have, especially when the top is down. Passengers will appreciate having a dedicated air and seat temperature control by their door.

Interior

7.5
For a relatively small two-seater convertible with a large bulkhead right behind the seats, the Corvette surprisingly doesn't feel cramped. The control layout is thoughtful, and driving position is quite adjustable. But visibility and entering and exiting are problematic.

Ease of use

8.5
Controls are located so the driver can access them easily and are clearly marked. Driving modes and aids, such as traction control, can be adjusted without using the touchscreen. The rev-matching paddles on the steering wheel are easy to accidentally hit in spirited driving, which can be a nuisance.

Getting in/getting out

5.5
Low-slung sports cars have never been easy to climb into and out of, but with our tester's optional side rocker extensions it's even harder. Unless you're parking with the top down or you're very fit, it's a bit of work, and a little embarrassing.

Driving position

8.5
The seats and steering wheel offer plenty of adjustability, so most drivers will be able to find a good position. Tall drivers may feel the seat is too high even in the lowest setting. The important controls are within reach and easy to find, and the gauges and head-up display are very visible.

Roominess

7.5
The cabin has sufficient headroom for taller drivers and is wide enough that it doesn't feel cramped. Two people can share the car without problems. A backward glance reveals the convertible's bulkhead and makes the space feel smaller. Putting the top down sets everything right.

Visibility

6.5
With the top up, the high deck and small rear window contribute to huge blind spots and poor rear visibility. It may be difficult to see the headlights of cars behind, and tall drivers may have to lean forward to see stoplights. Putting the top down solves many issues and improves rear visibility.

Quality

8.0
The interior materials look and feel appropriate for the price, although there were a few small problems with build quality and a few rattles from the convertible top assembly. Overall, it's a high-rent-feeling car, even if some body lines aren't as precise as competitors'.

Utility

6.0
Convertible buyers won't be expecting much in the way of utility, which is good because the Corvette doesn't offer it. The small trunk and limited interior storage mean you won't be using it for trips to Costco.

Small-item storage

7.0
The shallow center bin has enough space for a phone and wallet, the door pockets are too small for a water bottle, and the cupholders are on the small side, too. The real trick is the hidden storage behind the touchscreen, which slides down. It's sufficient, if not overwhelming.

Cargo space

6.0
The convertible sacrifices the coupe's tremendous liftback space, leaving a small, flat rectangular opening in the rear deck. When the top is down, it consumes about half of the 10-cubic-foot trunk. What's left is enough for a weekend getaway if you pack light, or you can leave the top up.

Technology

8.0
All of Chevrolet's connectivity tech is available, from smartphone integration to OnStar and even a Wi-Fi hotspot. The MyLink system is fast and easy to use. Blind-spot monitoring would be welcome considering the limited visibility.

Smartphone integration

9.0
The center console has two USB ports and a 12-volt outlet, and there's a USB port in the hidden compartment behind the infotainment screen. There's also Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Wi-Fi with an optional 4G connection. You can't ask for much more in a car like this.

Driver aids

6.0
Parking cameras in front and rear are a nice touch, but image quality isn't very good. There's no blind-spot monitoring or rear cross-traffic alert, which would be nice with the compromised visibility. There's also no forward collision alert. Driving this car is 100% the driver's job.

Voice control

7.0
Voice control prompts are helpfully displayed on the touchscreen, but functionality isn't as extensive as in some competitors and phrasing needs to be precise. Entering destinations is easiest if you have an address. Using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto voice control is certainly preferable.

Consumer reviews

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1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.9 stars based on 20 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, 2019 Grand Sport Corvette Convertible
GaryofGainesville,
Grand Sport w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M)

Before you purchase, shop at Kerbeck or Corvette King or any other volume Corvette dealer on line. Do your homework on Edmunds to make sure you get all the options you want. Now you can go to your local dealer, well armed or just purchase thru the volume dealer. The Grand Sport has the Z06/ZR1 wide body and the 460hp motor of a Z51 Stingray. I have many Corvettes but this one is a nice driver that gets plenty of attention in its Corvette Racing yellow body, Kalahari interior with black accents and black GS hash marks. This car belongs to my wife and she loves it but is in the passenger seat mostly. It's fast (or fast enough) in its 0-60 in the 3's, stops like it should and steers like my 1990 ZR-1 Corvette - quick and flat. If there's a 40mph road that 90 degree turns onto a 40mph road, there's no need to lift, just turn the steering wheel (not in the rain or sandy corners). No tire squeak, no rattles, no fuss, it just does it. It becomes almost boring ...unless there's a nervous passenger then the screaming reminds me to slow down for them. Something I didn’t expect is this car puts all the power to the ground. My daily-ish driver is a 2010, 707hp, Z06 Corvette. I rarely get full traction. This Grand Sport at 40-45mph has zero tire slip when you floor it. I could feel the blood in my face go to the back of my skull. I thought for sure it would break loose. It’s only 460hp - I’m amazed! Maybe it’s the tires - I dunno? The convertible top is able to go up or down with 1 button at 31mph or less but has little trunk space - maybe good for 2 on a casual weekend. For a car that's in its final year of production after 6 years, it still gets more attention that I expected - could be the loud paint or maybe my driving habits, not sure.

5 out of 5 stars, Best Corvette ever
Jim Smith and Debbi ,
Stingray w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M)

My wife and I chose museum delivery. Flew into Nashville Tennessee. Rented a car and drove about 60 miles to Bowling Green Kentucky and took delivery right across the street from the factory. Of a Racing Yellow convertible with a black top and black leather interior. What an AWESOME experience that was. We took about 3 weeks driving it home to Roy, Washington. 5,800 miles and at least half of that was with the top down. Got comments about car at every stop. Even at red traffic lights. Got 24 / 25 miles per gallon consistently. Washed it several times on the way home to remove bugs. We managed to pack enough of what we needed to get by in the trunk. And used UPS to mail home some cowboy boots and other souvenirs. It was a great adventure. Thanks Chevrolet for making a dream of ours come true.

5 out of 5 stars, If U do not want a Mid Engine Corvette
deadplasti,
Grand Sport w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M)

no better deal than the 2019 vettes,, great car to drive if U do not want a mid engine,,,and I do now

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette videos

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vs. 2018 Porsche 911 GT3: The 1,255-HP Showdown!

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vs. 2018 Porsche 911 GT3: The 1,255-HP Showdown!

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: That's a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And that's the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3. CARLOS LAGO: Now, those three digit alphanumeric codes mean a lot. In the Corvettes case, ZR1 means it's the highest performing and most powerful version of the Corvette you can get, with 755 horsepower, and an optional track package that gives it a big rear wing, and sticky race track oriented tires. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Which makes it a perfect match for the GT3, named after sports car racing class. It was developed by Porsche's track motor sport division. And it's built on the same production line as the 911 race cars. Oh, and it revs to 9,000. CARLOS LAGO: You may be thinking, why didn't we go with the GT2RS. And while it's more of a performance equal to the ZR1 when it comes to horsepower, it costs nearly $300,000, or more than double the price of that car right there. ALISTAIR WEAVER: On your shopping list, the GT3 and the ZR1 are the real rivals. In many ways, it's a classic battle. It's a American bang for buck versus European culture and sophistication. CARLOS LAGO: What we're interested in is how these two super sports cars handle for your typical enthusiast on the road and at a racetrack. ALISTAIR WEAVER: So we are going to put them through the full Edmund's instrumented test. Then we're going to do a few laps. CARLOS LAGO: But before we do that, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and visit edmunds.com for all your car shopping needs. [MUSIC PLAYING] One of the Corvettes primary strengths has always been the value. Not only does this particular ZR1 cost $30,000 less than that GT3, it has more. More tire, more power, more torque, even a bigger rear wing. There's actually one more gear and it's optional automatic transmission. But the real highlight of this car when you see it for the first time is the fact that its supercharged V8 engine is so big, they had to cut a hole in the hood so it can fit. Fantastic. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Allow me to be big geekish for a moment. This generation of the 911 is code named 991. And this is actually Porsche's second attempt to the GT3 version of this car. The first one was fitted with a 3.8 liter engine, which to be honest, proved a bit troublesome. But this new one has a 4 liter that's been comprehensively redesigned. It's of course, larger than before, but hey, at least it still fits. This is basically a race car engine. So there's no supercharger. No turbocharger. Just a purity of purpose and instantaneous throttle response. Some of the detailing on this car is just fabulous. I love this carbon fiber engine cover. And just check out this little hinge for lowering the hood. Unlike the Corvette, you don't have to pay extra for a giant rear wing, which has now been redesigned to offer more downforce. You do, though, have to shell out an extra $9,000 for some carbon ceramic brakes, which is standard on the ZR1. And these fabulous carbon bucket seats, they're an extra $5,000 grand. Porsche hasn't lost its taste for over priced options. [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Despite the 255 horsepower difference between these two cars, they both reached a quarter mile an 11.2 seconds. With all that power, the ZR1 has a harder time leading the line, taking 3.3 seconds to reach 60. And that's including a one foot rollout. The GT3's launch control manages the grip more effectively, getting the car to 60 in 3.1 seconds. Both cars have large carbon ceramic brakes and sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, delivering short consistent stopping distances. ALISTAIR WEAVER: The 911's rear weight buyer should mean better braking, but not in this pairing. It took the GT3 103 feet to stop from 60 miles an hour. A still excellent result, but the ZR1 did it in just 95 feet. Extraordinary. CARLOS LAGO: Much like the acceleration results, our 200 foot skid pad presents another role reversal. While the GT3 averaged 1.18g, a normally incredible result, the ZR1 put down a staggering 1.24g average. That's a result unheard of in a street car. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Having crunched the numbers, we headed to the streets of Willow Circuit in Southern California for some high speed lappery. CARLOS LAGO: We thought about hiring a pro racing driver and bolting them into these cars and seeing how fast they could go when it comes to lap times, but then realized, what do you actually learn by doing? ALISTAIR WEAVER: If you want to find out, frankly Google it. Both of us have been testing cars a long time. Me slightly longer than him. We spent a lot of time on racetracks in different cars. So this is about what these cars mean to you. If you're going to buy the GT3 or the ZR1, will it feel to you on a track day? CARLOS LAGO: Let's find out. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Let's find out. [MUSIC PLAYING] Do you know how bad a passenger I am? CARLOS LAGO: About to find out, I bet. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Geez. CARLOS LAGO: So Corvette ZR1 approaching 109 miles an hour. We'll slowdown. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Look at the tires. CARLOS LAGO: What we really got to talk about what this thing is the overall experience in the engine. This is such a dominating factor of this car. Big is 6.2 liter V8. 755 horsepower. And my god, just listen to that. Spectacular, isn't it? ALISTAIR WEAVER: It is spectacular. Well, I guarantee this, if you take a passenger who has never been in a fast car, this car will terrify them. CARLOS LAGO: Might terrify the driver too. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Yeah, it will. CARLOS LAGO: This is a car, frankly, that starts as a $50,000, $60,000 dollar, you know, GT sort of sports car. And to see it be at this level of performance is astounding. So this is the optional bucket seat. ALISTAIR WEAVER: No. CARLOS LAGO: Yes. ALISTAIR WEAVER: That's not even a bucket. CARLOS LAGO: It's a very wide mouth bucket. And I find that, yeah, it's more comfortable on the road than the GT3. But on the track, I'm bracing against the driver door with my knee. ALISTAIR WEAVER: If you like, my biggest single problem with this car is the driving position. I'm just not comfortable. I'm moving around too much. And in something that's this fast that r requires this much concentration, if you're not properly located in the car, then you can't drive it properly. The physicality of the car, it feels heavy. You can't see the corner. You peer out of these little tiny slot of a windscreen. CARLOS LAGO: This is almost like an advanced level driving experience because the steering requires so much effort, because you have so much mass. You can sense it all around you. This isn't that much heavier than the GT3, but it feels like it. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And in this car, you kind of feel like the electronics are constantly doing battle with the physics, whereas in the 911, you'll live up to that. You actually feel the electronics here are an aid. They're guiding you through the process. CARLOS LAGO: And there are a lot of electronics in this car. We have a very adaptive, very advanced stability control system. We've got electronic dip. We've got a sensor that's looking at the tire temperature as well as the pressure. There's a lot happening underneath here. A little bit more cognisant of it in this car than you are on the GT3. ALISTAIR WEAVER: You've also just gotta be aware how fast this thing is. You are arrive at corners 20 miles an hour faster than you think. When I jumped into it live on corner one, you got a massive dose of oversteer just because the tires were cold. And you've got 755 horsepower. 80 miles and hour. Nice staying under it. Oh. Well, Alistair Weaver's last will and testament. CARLOS LAGO: That's a riot, isn't it though? ALISTAIR WEAVER: Oh, yes. Bury everybody. It's great. I don't wish to patronize you, but this car could not be more American. CARLOS LAGO: God bless America. We have to talk about the transmission. This has the 8 speed automatic, a 7 speed manual standard. I believe that's the better transmission. This 8 speed, while it works great when you're in the track setting, when you're leaving it to its performance shift function when you're driving as fast as you can, the logic is great. As soon as you fall outside of that sort of dewy cycle, the manual shifts aren't that great. They're a little bit of a delay. I would much rather have the manual. I think overall, I really enjoy driving this car a lot. But it requires a lot more from its driver to reach its capabilities. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Super cars should be super. It should be a challenge. One thing that I just think is extraordinary in this car, probably the car's best feature, are the brakes. They're just fabulous. CARLOS LAGO: Absolutely. You know, you think that the Porsche would have the braking advantage. It's lighter. It's got the rear weight bias. But this thing stops so quickly and with so much confidence. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Should we drive the Porsche? [MUSIC PLAYING] Yeah, it's all right. Yeah, it's all right. Cold tires. CARLOS LAGO: 9000 RPM is a beautiful thing, isn't it? ALISTAIR WEAVER: It is a beautiful thing. And immediately, you just realize how agile this thing is. Doing a little bit of push when its tires are cold. CARLOS LAGO: With its natural aspirated engine, it's so responsive as soon as you dig into the gas pedal. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I think as we all go toward turbocharged engines, that's something that we're going to have to get used to. That wonderful throttle response and that undiluted sound, which we have with this 911, is going to go away. And even Porsche isn't sure how long they can hang onto this. CARLOS LAGO: This is such a different experience than the Corvette. It's about the same size when it comes to length. The Corvette's wider and lower in height. This is about 400 pounds lighter than the Corvette. But the steering feels even more so than that. ALISTAIR WEAVER: You really feel like you can just get into this. And it gives you an instant confidence. Whether you have the systems turned on or off, you can really start to feel what it's going to do. CARLOS LAGO: This is a very approachable car. And you're right. That's ridiculous to say about a 911 GT3, traditionally the raciest car in the Porsche line up. ALISTAIR WEAVER: But not in a way that means it's boring. This is still a track biased 911 and it still demands a bit of respect. CARLOS LAGO: My first two laps in this car were faster, it felt like, than the Corvette. There are specific parts on this track that hit the scarier hairier parts of this truck always five mile an hour faster, immediately. When you know what you're doing behind the wheel, you're still going to feel rewarded in this car. If you're a novice you're still going to feel good in this car. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: And that's quite a feat to accomplish. That's something the Corvette definitely doesn't do. ALISTAIR WEAVER: The Corvette very much feels like a normal road car that's been turned up to the max and they've tried all sorts of engineering trickery to make it do things that maybe just deep down it doesn't want to do, whereas this car is the evolution of 50 years of Germanic engineering. I think the steering is one of the best things about this car. In the Corvette it really wakes up in the corners. Here it feels very consistent and that gives you a much better sense of what the front end's doing and what the rear end's doing. CARLOS LAGO: I've got to say, I'm 5' 10", about 180. And this is probably the most uncomfortable bucket seat I've been in. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And I'm 6' 4". Probably a similar weight. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. This might be the German spec seat. A little bit taller. A little bit skinnier. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I think you need to spend less time in the gym and eat a bit more. CARLOS LAGO: How do you feel about this transmission? ALISTAIR WEAVER: Well, this of course, is Porsche's PDK system, which is kind of like a manual transmission with somebody changing gear for you, is probably the easiest way to say. Whereas the Corvette has a more traditional automatic. So this is a lot sharper. A lot faster. And I think in manual alone, a lot more intuitive. In the Corvette you kind of have to think your way into the gear changes. Here, you just flick a paddle and away it goes. CARLOS LAGO: I agree. When they're both left to their own devices on the racetrack, the shift logic between them is fantastic. But when you want that manual control, the Corvette has a bit of a delay that requires more effort. And that's not so great. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Both these cars have carbon ceramic breaks, but of course in the Porsche, they're $9,000 more. But if you're seriously going to track it, I think it's going to be something that you have to have. CARLOS LAGO: I admire the fact that the Corvette just throws it in with the car because that's what the car does. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Yeah. But they are good in this car. CARLOS LAGO: For sure. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Brakes are-- I would say, maybe on the test track, no, it didn't stop quite as quickly, but out here they feel just as good as the Chevy's. Absolutely. CARLOS LAGO: Absolutely. We've gone over a lot of the performance hardware that these cars give you, but we haven't talked a lot about the software. Both of these cars have software on-board that is intended to help you be a better driver. In the Corvette's case, you have the performance data recorder, which is an on board video data logger system. And this, you have a phone app that you can put on the windshield. It records your video, logs your position, and tells you how fast you were relative to other laps. It's pretty cool tech. ALISTAIR WEAVER: The other thing I like about this car in terms of how you drive it is, like a lot of 911s on the circuit, you just take it in a little bit on the brakes. It just helps to get the nose in, counter that initial push, and then because of all that traction and where the weight sits, you can get hard on the power and it will just pull its way out without in these modern 911's going into any sort of lurid over-steer. But if you want to make this car over-steer, then actually, you really have to induce it by getting into a corner, lifting off, and then getting hard back on the power. And then it will do-- CARLOS LAGO: Beautiful things. ALISTAIR WEAVER: --anything that you want it to do. [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Beyond lapping and testing these cars, we've also lived with them for the past week. And what's been truly impressive is how easy they are to drive everyday. ALISTAIR WEAVER: If you detune the ZR1, it pretty much feels like every other Corvette. And although GT3 is noisier than a standard 911, it's by no means uncomfortable. Of course, both these cars are really practical. CARLOS LAGO: I just recommend skipping the bucket seats, unless you look like him. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Another top tip actually. If you're buying the 911, pay the extra $2000 for the nose lift kit, otherwise you'll be scraping your chin every day and that's not cool. CARLOS LAGO: Let's get to it. The Corvette ZR1 is a lot of fun to drive. It has tons of character and a lot of performance, but you have to be really on your game to access it. ALISTAIR WEAVER: In many ways, it's a kind of super car of the old school. It's worth remembering this too, the next generation Corvette will be mid-engine and a very different proposition. So if you want a bruiser like the ZR1, buy it now. CARLOS LAGO: The 911 GT3 three has a similar thrill, but it's easier to access at the racetrack. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And consider this, although it costs $25,000 to $30,000 more to buy new, the residual values on a GT3 are so much stronger than a ZR1, that over a three or five year life cycle, it might actually be the better financial choice. CARLOS LAGO: The Corvette ZR1 has the bragging rights. It's got the top speed. It's got the power. And it's going to be a really fun car for a small group of people. ALISTAIR WEAVER: But in terms of answering the question that we originally posed, which is the best car for fast road use that's also great fun on the track? Then for us, the only choice is the GT3. CARLOS LAGO: Agreed. ALISTAIR WEAVER: For more information on the GT3 and the ZR1, head to edmunds.com. CARLOS LAGO: And be sure to subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Edmunds' Alistair Weaver and Carlos Lago test and compare the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3. For similar money, these two super sports cars deliver massive driving thrills and motorsports technology for the street. The ZR1 is the highest-performing Corvette available, with 755 horsepower and a wild optional track package that gives it huge sticky tires and an enormous wing. The GT3 may not have the power bragging rights, but it represents a purity of focus. It's built alongside real race cars, and its 4.0-liter engine revs to a beautiful 9,000 rpm. Which one is the most fun on the road and at the racetrack? Watch to find out!


Features & Specs

Stingray w/2LT 2dr Convertible features & specs
Stingray w/2LT 2dr Convertible
6.2L 8cyl 7M
MSRP$64,855
MPG 16 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission7-speed manual
Horsepower455 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Grand Sport w/2LT 2dr Convertible features & specs
Grand Sport w/2LT 2dr Convertible
6.2L 8cyl 7M
MSRP$74,855
MPG 16 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission7-speed manual
Horsepower460 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Stingray w/1LT 2dr Convertible features & specs
Stingray w/1LT 2dr Convertible
6.2L 8cyl 7M
MSRP$60,400
MPG 16 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission7-speed manual
Horsepower455 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Z06 w/3LZ 2dr Convertible features & specs
Z06 w/3LZ 2dr Convertible
6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M
MSRP$94,345
MPG 15 city / 22 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission7-speed manual
Horsepower650 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Corvette safety features:

Curb View Cameras
Shows you an image directly behind or in front of the car when traveling at low speeds.
Performance Traction Management
Helps keep traction with subtle adjustments to the power being sent to the rear wheels.
Head-Up Display
Keeps driver's eyes on the road by projecting information, such as engine rpm and gear, onto the windscreen directly in the line of sight.

Chevrolet Corvette vs. the competition

Chevrolet Corvette vs. Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro is the Corvette's little brother, available with either a four- or a six-cylinder engine or with the Corvette's own 6.2-liter V8. It's a capable performer in its own right, and it has the added benefit of a lower price and a back seat (even if it's more of a parcel shelf than a real seating area). Curiously, the Camaro manages to have more compromised visibility than the Corvette. Still, it's a great option for buyers looking for a lot of fun on a budget.

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Chevrolet Corvette vs. Ford Mustang

The Mustang is another more wallet-friendly option with a range of engine choices, including its own excellent V8. Of all the muscle cars, the Ford might be the easiest to live with. It's relatively roomy and comfortable, and the tech is all very user-friendly. While it compromises a bit less, it also can't match the performance potential of its competitors. That said, in Shelby GT350 R guise, it has a sound like nothing else on the road.

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Chevrolet Corvette vs. Dodge Challenger

Dodge used the Challenger to kick off a little horsepower war, fitting superchargers to the car's higher-trim-level V8 engines. If all you care about is horsepower per dollar, the Hellcat and Demon can't be beat, even by a Corvette. But this is a true-blue American muscle car: It's comfy, but it's big and heavy. If you're willing to live with a V6, you can get all-wheel drive, making this a more winter-friendly muscle car.

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FAQ
Is the Chevrolet Corvette a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Corvette both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2019 Corvette gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 3 reviews) You probably care about Chevrolet Corvette fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Corvette gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg to 19 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Corvette has 10.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Corvette. Learn more
What's new in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette:

  • New 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1
  • The Carbon 65 Edition package has been discontinued
  • Part of the seventh Corvette generation introduced for 2014
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Is the Chevrolet Corvette reliable?
To determine whether the Chevrolet Corvette is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Corvette. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Corvette's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Corvette and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2019 Corvette gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 3 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Corvette is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette?

The least-expensive 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $60,400.

Other versions include:

  • Stingray w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $64,855
  • Grand Sport w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $74,855
  • Stingray w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $60,400
  • Z06 w/3LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) which starts at $94,345
  • Z06 w/2LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) which starts at $88,965
  • ZR1 w/3ZR 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) which starts at $135,400
  • Grand Sport w/3LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $80,145
  • ZR1 w/1ZR 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) which starts at $125,400
  • Stingray w/3LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $70,145
  • Stingray Z51 w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $65,400
  • Stingray Z51 w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $69,855
  • Z06 w/1LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) which starts at $85,400
  • Grand Sport w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $70,400
  • Stingray Z51 w/3LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M) which starts at $75,145
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Corvette?
If you're interested in the Chevrolet Corvette, the next question is, which Corvette model is right for you? Corvette variants include Stingray w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), Grand Sport w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), Stingray w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), and Z06 w/3LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M). For a full list of Corvette models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is a singular thing, especially with the introduction of the new 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1. It and the Ohio-made Acura NSX are currently the only production two-seater performance machines being built in the United States. But no one thinks of the NSX as an American car, and no one thinks of the Corvette as anything but the epitome of American automotive culture.

The Corvette is available in a coupe or convertible soft-top body style. The Stingray is equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to a dual-mode exhaust, the Grand Sport produces 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Both Grand Sport and Stingray versions of the Corvette are available in three different trims. Stingray trims can also be equipped with a Z51 performance package that bridges that gap to the Grand Sport, while Grand Sport trims can be equipped with the Z07 package, which is also available on the Z06. The top-dog Corvette Z06 has a supercharged V8 good for 650 hp.

For 2019, Chevrolet has introduced the Corvette ZR1, which uses a larger supercharger to make 755 hp. It comes standard with upgraded suspension and brakes, along with a noticeably tweaked exterior design. The ZR1 also makes use of a new 10-speed automatic in place of the eight-speed. The seven-speed manual is also available.

Driving enthusiasts will probably opt for the 1LT; it's the lightest trim of the group but still has enough capability to handle daily-driver duties. It comes with a Bose nine-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, rear parking camera, eight-way power seats, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping flat-bottomed steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry and ignition.

The 2LT trim adds interior comfort features that are on par with amenities in many luxury cars. Heated and ventilated seats, driver-seat memory function, auto-dimming mirrors, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a head-up display, front parking camera, HID headlights, and color-matched interior console, instrument panel and door panels.

The 3LT adds significant interior refinement to the Corvette. Premium leather seating surfaces, a navigation system, and color-matched instrument panel and leather-wrapped interior pieces are all included. Available on other trims, the 3LT includes a navigation system. It also has a data recorder that captures GPS track information and video from an HD camera, which feed into an onboard memory card for later replay.

True enthusiasts who want more out of their Stingray can add the Z51 performance package. It includes the Corvette Grand Sport's dual-mode exhaust and provides increased power and torque. This extensive package also includes an electronic limited-slip differential, differential and transmission cooling, additional engine cooling, larger slotted front brakes, a downforce-generating aero package, shorter gear ratios for increased acceleration, Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires and stiffer shocks, dampers and roll bars. The Z51 package is available on all Stingray models.

Grand Sport owners looking for more track performance can equip their cars with the Z07 package. This includes a sport-tuned version of the Magnetic Ride Control suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires.

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Overview

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is offered in the following styles: Stingray w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), Grand Sport w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), Stingray w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), Z06 w/3LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M), Z06 w/2LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M), ZR1 w/3ZR 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M), Grand Sport w/3LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), ZR1 w/1ZR 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M), Stingray w/3LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), Stingray Z51 w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), Stingray Z51 w/2LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), Z06 w/1LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M), Grand Sport w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M), and Stingray Z51 w/3LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 7M).

What do people think of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Corvette Convertible 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Corvette Convertible.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Corvette Convertible featuring deep dives into trim levels including Stingray w/2LT, Grand Sport w/2LT, Stingray w/1LT, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible here.
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible?
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Grand Sport w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 8A)

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Grand Sport w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $77,615. The average price paid for a new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Grand Sport w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 8A) is trending $9,791 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Grand Sport w/1LT 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl 8A) is 12.6% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible?

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