Chevrolet Corvette

Enjoy the revival of an icon in the 2012 Corvette

The Good

An excellent engine and outstanding performance make this car a beast to behold on the road; it can stand beside virtually any high-end sports car in the world in terms of power and acceleration, bar none. The car’s updated yet classic styling has drawn rave reviews. It also gets reasonable gas mileage for a high-performance sports car, helping keep Corvette costs in check.

The Bad

The quality of the 2012 Corvette’s interior lags significantly behind its competition. Its wide profile can make handling and cornering feel a little clumsy.

The Bottom Line

The 2012 Corvette offers excellent value for a legitimate supercar, despite its big and chunky feel. It delivers as much bang as comparable European sports car for half the price.


There are four variations of the 2012 Corvette C6 available: the base model, the Grand Sport model, the Z06 model and the top of the line ZR1. Corvette prices range dramatically between the base model and the ZR1, owing to the latter’s supercharged engine that cranks out a whopping 638 horsepower.

MSRP: $49,600 (base model) to $111,600 (ZR1)

Average paid: $48,750 (base model) to $109,995 (ZR1)


Acceleration and power

There’s quite a bit of disparity in the performance between the base model 2012 Corvette and the top-end ZR1, but even the bare-bones version of the car packs a serious punch in terms of power and acceleration. The 6.2 L V8 engine in the base model kicks in with 430 horsepower and goes 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. However, at the other end of the spectrum, you will find a supercharged V8 that blasts a massive 638 horsepower and goes 0 to 60 in just 3.3 seconds, dusting the quarter mile in just over 11 seconds at a speed of 130 miles per hour. If you’re looking for a combination of affordability and performance, the Z06 might be the right model for you; it goes 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and takes just half a second longer than the ZR1 to nail the quarter mile.

Handling and braking

Chevrolet sunk a lot of engineering brain power into creating a sports car that drives as well as the world’s most iconic and expensive supercars. On the whole, the handling is slightly hampered by the car’s wide body, but it responds extremely well, with finely tuned steering and capable cornering. A high-performance braking system gives the driver confidence, with power-assisted all-wheel anti-lock technology and a responsive brake pedal helping you maintain control and stop with ease.



Despite the new seats, which add a touch of extra comfort and are available in your choice of creative stitching colors, the 2012 Corvette still falls well short of its chief competitors in terms of interior quality. To be fair, the 2012 model is a significant improvement over the much-maligned 2011 model’s interior, but the fact that it is still drawing sharp criticism speaks to just how far behind the interior comfort lags. Chevrolet has made leather seating trim standard on all 2012 Corvette models.


An electronic analog instrumentation package with dual-line display and driver information center is standard; you can also add an optional technology package, which includes satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB input, an upgraded Bose stereo system and a voice-activated turn by turn navigation system. Other noteworthy standard features include 6-way power adjustable seats, cruise control, stolen vehicle locator assistance, dual-zone automatic cabin climate control with air filtration system, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Cargo space

Nobody buys a Corvette for its cargo space. Still, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that the 2012 Corvette has a relatively generous cargo capacity of 22.4 cubic feet.


Crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were unavailable. Standard safety features include all-speed traction control, active handling for improved stability and maneuvering, automatic crash response system, access to General Motors’ OnStar network, a passenger sensing system and both frontal and side impact driver and passenger airbags.


The C6 Corvette’s last major redesign was in 2005; in 2012, a new and improved seat design is the major step forward. The specifications which follow are for the base model of the 2012 Corvette; variations among the different models and trim packages are discussed in the sections below.

  • Transmission: 6-speed manual with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Configuration: Front-engine two-door two-passenger coupe
  • Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I4
  • Engine Size: 6.2 L (the Z06 has a 7.0 L engine)
  • Horsepower: 430 @ 5900 rpm
  • Torque: 424 lb/ft @ 4600 rpm
  • MPG, City: 16 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 26 MPG
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