2012 Chevrolet Corvette  -  $50,575


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $50,575
Base Invoice: $46,111
Destination Charge: $975
Options: $0
Trim: 2dr Cpe w/1LT
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 19 | City: 16 | Hwy: 26
Body Style: Coupe 1LT
Transmission: Transmission, 6-speed manual, short-throw includes launch control
Engine: Engine, 6.2L (376 ci) V8 SFI (430 hp [320.6 kW] @ 5900 rpm, 424 lb-ft of torque [572.4 N-m] @ 4600 rpm)

Pros

Classic American sports car; excellent performance even in base trim; world-class supercar value


Model News

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.


Value Writeup

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.


Model Highlights

With the Grand Sport and the new Z06 and the ultra high-performance ZR1, there are plenty of Corvettes to choose from. The base coupe and convertible have a 6.2-liter, 430-hp V8 engine, known as the LS3, and a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed paddle-shift automatic is optional. The paddle shifter includes a "push and hold" function to make it easier to transition back to automatic after you've had your fun through the chicane.

The sport-tuned Z06 comes with the larger LS7 engine, which is a 7.0L powerplant that makes 505 hp and is connected to a 6-speed manual. This combination is capable of 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds--in first gear. The body is lightened by using an aluminum structure with bonded carbon fiber composites. It features a firmer suspension, 6-piston brake calipers and 18-inch front/19-inch rear aluminum wheels.

The ZR1 attempts world-supercar performance numbers with a LS9 6.2L engine and Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, plus a Performance Traction Management system for improved on-track performance. It's built on the same chassis as the Z06, but with a specially tuned suspension and Michelin performance tires exclusive to the ZR1. With 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque on tap, the ZR1's top speed has been tested at over 200 mph, making it the fastest production Corvette ever.

The Grand Sport coupe and convertible share the LS3 engine with the base model coupe and convertible, and can be had with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Grand Sport comes standard with wider wheels and tires, a revised suspension, extra cooling, larger brakes, and specific manual gear ratios.

All Corvettes come with standard air conditioning, keyless entry, a stereo system with MP3 playback, cruise control, power accessories, dual-zone climate control, leather seating and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. Chevrolet provides its flagship sports car with plenty of standard safety features, too, like anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger air bags, tire pressure monitoring, traction control and a limited-slip differential.

Chevrolet doesn't offer a wide array of optional equipment, but a new Centennial Special Edition commemorates Chevrolet's 100 year anniversary, it includes magnetic ride control, red-painted calipers, ebony interior and special black and red wheels as well as Carbon Flash metallic paint. On the ZR1, a High Performance Package includes a special 6-speed close-ratio transmission and black spoiler and wheels.

Other options include heated seats, a Bose sound system, a navigation system and Bluetooth. A custom leather-wrapped interior package adds 2-tone leather with crossed flags embroidered in the headrests and leather on the console, instrument panel and door panels. Finally, you can prove you live in the 21st century with the available dot-matrix head-up display that shows speed, rpm, oil pressure and G-meter readings.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6

EPA Classification
Two Seater

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
26 MPG

Cruising Range - City
288.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
16 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
19 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
468.00 mi

Engine Order Code
LS3

Engine Type
Gas V8

Displacement
6.2L/378.3

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
430 @ 5900

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
424 @ 4600

Trans Order Code
MM6

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.66

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.78

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.50

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.90

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42

Total Cooling System Capacity
11.9 qts

Passenger Capacity
2

Passenger Volume
52.0 ft³

Front Head Room
37.7 in

Front Leg Room
43.1 in

Front Shoulder Room
55.2 in

Front Hip Room
53.7 in

Wheelbase
105.7 in

Length, Overall
174.6 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.6 in

Height, Overall
49.1 in

Track Width, Front
62.1 in

Track Width, Rear
60.7 in

Trunk Volume
22.4 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3208 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Short/Long Arm

Suspension Type - Rear
Short/Long Arm

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Transverse Leaf Spring

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Transverse Leaf Spring

Front Tire Order Code
XBH

Rear Tire Order Code
XBH

Front Tire Size
P245/40ZR18

Rear Tire Size
P285/35ZR19

Front Wheel Size
18 x 8.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
19 x 10.0 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 x 1.3 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.0 x 1.0 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.0 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
100,000

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Corrosion Years
6

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
100,000

Corrosion Years
3

Corrosion Miles/km
100,000

Corrosion Miles/km
36,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
11V491000

Mfg's Report Date
OCT 03, 2011

Component
STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS

Potential Number of Units Affected
5,755

Summary
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 24, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 206, "DOOR LOCKS AND DOOR RETENTION COMPONENTS". THE REAR HATCH HINGES MAY NOT MEET THE LOAD REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN THE SAFETY STANDARD.

Consequence
THE REAR HATCH COULD SEPARATE IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.

GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH REAR HATCH HINGES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 7, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.

GM'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11258. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

Engine, 6.2L (376 ci) V8 SFI (430 hp [320.6 kW] @ 5900 rpm, 424 lb-ft of torque [572.4 N-m] @ 4600 rpm)

Transmission, 6-speed manual, short-throw includes launch control

Rear axle, 3.42 ratio, limited slip (Included and only available with (MM6) 6-speed manual transmission.)

Engine access, rear-opening hood

Rear wheel drive

Suspension, 4-wheel independent includes transverse composite springs

Steering, power, speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion, variable ratio

Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc

Exhaust, aluminized stainless-steel with 3" polished stainless-steel tips

Wheels, 5-spoke, Silver-painted aluminum 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm), front and 19" x 10.0 " (48.3 cm x 25.4 cm), rear

Tires, front P245/40ZR18 Eagle F1 and rear P285/35ZR19 Eagle F1 run flat

Roof panel, 1-piece body-color, removable

Headlamps, dual projector lamps, Xenon, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) low-beam tungsten-halogen high-beam with automatic exterior lamp control

Fog lamps, front, integral in front fascia

Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable and driver-side auto-dimming, body- color

Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted

Wipers, front intermittent

Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack

Audio system feature, 7-speaker system

SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Includes hidden antenna in outside mirrors. Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will automatically renew and bill, at the rates in effect at the time of renewal, until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C.)

Antenna, integral, hidden

Seats, front bucket with leather seating surfaces includes back angle adjustment

Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls

Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power

Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power

Console, floor 2 covered cup holders, ashtray with cigar lighter, auxiliary power outlet and CD storage

Floor mats, carpeted

Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, manual

Steering wheel, 3-spoke leather-wrapped

Instrumentation, electronic analog with Driver Information Center and 2-line display

Oil life monitoring system

Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection

Keyless Access with push button start and 2 remote transmitters that enable automatic door unlock and open by touching door switch

Windows, power with driver and passenger Express-Down

Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed

Stolen Vehicle Assistance

OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Hatch release, push button open with power hatch pulldown

Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and outside temperature display

Air filtration system with pollen filter

Defogger, rear-window, electric

Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with compass, includes dual reading lights

Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors

Lighting, interior with courtesy, cargo and glovebox

Storage, with lockable glovebox, center console and 2 rear compartments with covers

Active handling improves traction and enhances vehicle stability

Traction control, all-speed

Daytime Running Lamps

Air bags, frontal and side-impact, driver and front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraint for your child's age and size, even with air bags. See the Owner's Manual or more safety information.)

OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Service not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)

Automatic Crash Response

Theft-deterrent system, vehicle push button start, immobilizer and audible visual alarm

Tire Pressure Monitor System air pressure sensors in each tire with pressure display in Driver Information Center

 
EMISSIONS, FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS, ARIZONA, CONNECTICUT, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT AND WASHINGTON STATE REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS, CALIFORNIA STATE REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS OVERRIDE, CALIFORNIA
$0

 
EMISSIONS OVERRIDE, FEDERAL
$0

 
EMISSIONS OVERRIDE, STATE-SPECIFIC
$0

 
ENGINE, 6.2L (376 CI) V8 SFI
$0

 
TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED MANUAL, SHORT-THROW
$0

 
TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED PADDLE SHIFT WITH AUTOMATIC MODES
$1,250

 
REAR AXLE, 3.42 RATIO, LIMITED SLIP
$0

 
REAR AXLE, 2.56 RATIO, LIMITED SLIP
$0

 
1LT PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP
$0

 
WHEELS, 5-SPOKE, SILVER-PAINTED ALUMINUM
$0

 
WHEELS, 5-SPOKE, COMPETITION GRAY-PAINTED ALUMINUM
$395

 
WHEELS, 5-SPOKE, MACHINED-FACE ALUMINUM
$895

 
WHEELS, 5-SPOKE, CHROME ALUMINUM
$1,850

 
ARCTIC WHITE
$0

 
BLADE SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
INFERNO ORANGE METALLIC
$300

 
VELOCITY YELLOW TINTCOAT
$850

 
CYBER GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
TORCH RED
$0

 
CRYSTAL RED TINTCOAT
$850

 
SUPERSONIC BLUE METALLIC
$300

 
CARLISLE BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
SEATS, FRONT BUCKET WITH LEATHER SEATING SURFACES
$0

 
EBONY, LEATHER SEATING SURFACES
$0

 
AUDIO SYSTEM, AM/FM STEREO WITH CD PLAYER AND MP3 PLAYBACK
$0

 
LPO, GCA EXTERIOR PACKAGE
$0

 
LPO, GCA ULTIMATE PACKAGE
$6,175

 
LPO, GCA ULTIMATE PACKAGE
$5,600

 
CORVETTE MUSEUM DELIVERY
$490

 
BATTERY PROTECTION PACKAGE
$100

 
MAGNETIC SELECTIVE RIDE CONTROL
$1,995

 
BRAKE ROTORS, CROSS-DRILLED, LARGER
$500

 
CALIPERS, DARK GRAY METALLIC
$595

 
CALIPERS, RED
$595

 
CALIPERS, SILVER
$595

 
CALIPERS, YELLOW
$595

 
EXHAUST, DUAL-MODE, PERFORMANCE
$1,195

 
LPO, 7-SPOKE CHROME WHEELS, 18" (45.7 CM) FRONT AND 19" (48.3 CM) REAR
$3,735

 
LPO, 15-SPOKE POLISHED WHEELS, 18" (45.7 CM) FRONT AND 19" (48.3 CM) REAR
$3,105

 
ROOF PACKAGE
$1,400

 
ROOF PANEL, 1-PIECE TRANSPARENT, REMOVABLE
$750

 
LPO, FULL-WIDTH SPOILER KIT
$415

 
SPOILER, FULL-WIDTH, ZR1-STYLE
$350

 
BLADE SILVER METALLIC HEADLAMP COLOR OVERRIDE
$590

 
BLACK HEADLAMP COLOR OVERRIDE
$590

 
CYBER GRAY METALLIC HEADLAMP COLOR OVERRIDE
$590

 
LPO, MESH PACKAGE
$730

 
LPO, INDOOR VEHICLE COVER, BLACK
$340

 
LPO, OUTDOOR VEHICLE COVER, GRAY
$365

 
LICENSE PLATE BRACKET, FRONT
$15

 
CUSTOMER SELECTABLE VIN
$5,000

 
LPO, PEDAL COVER SET
$300

 
NEW JERSEY COST SURCHARGE
$0

 
ILLINOIS COST SURCHARGE
$0


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