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2015 Chevrolet Corvette

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/6/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette replaces its six-speed automatic transmission with an eight-speed unit. A host of new cosmetic packages, two new exterior colors, and new wheel finishes are also available. Corvettes equipped with the navigation system are now available with an optional performance data recorder, and the Z51 Performance Package now includes the Performance Exhaust. The Corvette Z06 coupe and convertible return with a new 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, and is available with the Z07 performance package for those intending to drive their cars on the track.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is a two-seat sports car sold in seven grades, and in coupe or convertible body styles. It remains one of the best performance cars for the money, rivaling vehicles that cost more than double its price in terms of quality and driving dynamics.

Overview

In addition to the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the Z06, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is available with a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 producing 455 hp and 460 lb-ft (460 hp and 465 lb-ft with the performance exhaust). Both engines are paired to a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy on non-ZO6 models is impressive with manual-equipped cars achieving 17/29 mpg city/highway and 16/29 mpg with the automatic. Opting for the ultra-high-performance Z06, however, means gas mileage drops significantly to 13/21 mpg with the automatic and 15/22 mpg with the manual.

The 2015 Corvette offers impressive levels of performance that rivals that of sports cars costing more than double its $55,995 starting price. Its superb driving dynamics put it on par with cars such as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. Handling and acceleration are exceptional despite the fact that it isn't offered with a dual-clutch transmission. GM's Magnetic Ride Control helps the car transition through turns while an electronic limited slip differential allows the Corvette to put power down efficiently. Ride quality is another Corvette strong suit due to its solid body, making it feel "as rigid as a Mercedes SL," though opting for larger wheels makes it "slight more jarring." The new eight-speed automatic, on the other hand, makes the car quicker with "smaller step sizes" that allow it to accelerate better off the line while improving fuel economy.

The 2015 Corvette's interior layout and usability is superb with most functions being controllable by voice and a driver-focused dash. Available tech gadgets are plentiful and include a large touch screen, drive mode selector, Bose sound system with nine speakers, and a "dizzying array of instrument panel configurations."

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is a superb sports car with exceptional performance that rivals vehicles costing more than double its price. In a First Drive review, we were impressed by the car's responsive new eight-speed automatic transmission because it made it quicker and more fuel-efficient. Handling is another 2015 Corvette strong suit since its well-tuned suspension and Magnetic Ride Control allows it to attack corners with gusto. Additionally, the chassis makes it a great car for track days and as a daily driver because its good ride quality. The car's ability to operate in V-4 mode means that it can achieve exceptional fuel economy despite having more than 450 hp. In a 2014 First Test review, however, we noted that opting for larger wheels affects the car's overall ride quality, making slight jarring even with Magnetic Ride Control.

You'll Like

  • Supercar levels of performance
  • Good fuel economy on non-Z06 models
  • Exceptional ride quality

You Won't Like

  • Z06 fuel economy
  • Larger wheels make the ride jarring

Key Competitors

  • Porsche 911
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Audi R8
  • Dodge Challenger SRT
  • Alfa Romeo 4C

Rating

5 star

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