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2012 Chevrolet Corvette

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2012 Chevrolet Corvette Review

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There is only one Chevrolet Corvette. It's an American original that has weathered the best and worst of times. The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette offers even more driving enthusiasts to love. With horsepower and handling to rival some of Europe's greatest super cars, the made-in-America 2012 Chevrolet Corvette continues to offer superior performance at a fraction of the price of those super cars. The 2-seat 2012 Chevrolet Corvette comes in a number of flavors. These range from the basic coupe and convertible, which start just above $50,000, to the supercharged 638-horsepower Corvette ZR1, a track star that tops the $100,000 mark. In between are the Corvette Grand Sport, which is available as a coupe or convertible, and the 7-liter, 505-horsepower Corvette Z06. All versions are available in 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition trim, which features "Carbon Flash Metallic" paint and special bodywork pieces. Hardcore Corvette fans will notice that the Corvette coupe and convertible and Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible are available in four trim levels, from 1LT to 4LT. While the Corvette Z06 and Corvette ZR1 are not available as convertibles, the Corvette Z06 is offered in 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ trim levels, with the Corvette ZR1 offered either in 1ZR or 3ZR trims.

You'll Like This Car If...

There are a million reasons to want the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette. They range from good ol' nostalgia to the basic need for a pure adrenaline rush. We don't say this about many cars, but if there is one car you should own at least once in your life, it's the Chevrolet Corvette.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Fans of foreign sports cars, such as the Porsche 911 and BMW Z4, are rarely convinced to consider the Chevrolet Corvette. Also, those accustomed to highly tailored interiors found on exotic Italian sports cars probably will find the 2012 Chevy Corvette a bit lacking in refinement.

What's New for 2012

While the base Corvette and Corvette Grand Sport trims receive some minor interior upgrades, the big news for the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is found on the Corvette Z06 and Corvette ZR1 models. The Corvette Z06 is available with an enhanced Z07 Performance Package with race-track-ready Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and a new Performance Traction Management system, which manages torque delivery to put all that power to the pavement. The Corvette ZR1 receives these same upgrades in the new PDE performance package.

Driving the Corvette

Driving Impressions The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is a genuine driver's car. Thanks to a host of high-tech electronic performance enhancements, the C6 Corvette rounds corners and responds quicker than any previous Corvette....

The 6.2-liter V8 engine is never short on power, requiring only a slight tap of the accelerator to release its fury. You don't need to have muscle to handle this muscle car because the 2012 Chevy Corvette coupe's power steering turns with little effort yet returns excellent on-center feel and guidance. All three of the suspension packages – a base system, Magnetic Ride Control and the Z07 Performance package – are designed to satisfy a wide range of driving styles, from the casual weekend cruiser to the hard-core track enthusiast. In the sport mode the Corvette grabs the pavement with tenacity, and in touring mode it soaks up road harshness like a large luxury sedan.

6-Speed Transmission
Chevrolet's latest short-throw 6-speed manual transmission makes the shifter in past Corvette models feel like something pulled out of a 1966 Chevy pickup.

Keyless Access with Push Button Start
Keep your keys in your purse or pocket. When you approach the car, you simply reach for a touch-panel in the door handle and the vehicle starts up with the press of a button.

2012 Chevrolet Corvette Details
Interior

While we are certain that the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette can compete on almost any race track with almost any competitor, its interior does not compete as well. Even with the partial microfiber suede coverings provided in the new Chevrolet Centennial Edition, the Corvette's cockpit seems more Camaro-quality than Audi or BMW. It's not a horrible interior, but it does speak to the Corvette's Chevrolet roots. A handsome Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package (part of the 4LT Package) is well worth the extra cost, adding a dash of elegance to Chevrolet's road warrior. The newly designed front seats add additional side support and remain fairly comfortable even on long drives. One must remember, however, that this is a V8-powered performance car, so those looking for Lexus-like quiet in the cabin will be in for a rude awakening.

Exterior

The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette coupe is unlike any Corvette before it, yet it retains a familiar look. That's because this sixth-generation Corvette draws inspiration from the 1968 C3 design, although this model has exposed headlamps and much shorter front and rear overhangs. The Corvette Grand Sport model borrows many of the design elements from the Corvette Z06, creating a thrilling-looking coupe for around $55,000. A traditional feature that is standard on the Corvette coupe is the removable body-colored roof panel, which is also available in tinted glass. There is even a package that offers one of each. The ultimate in Corvette design is the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a super-car edition that adds its own unique body panels, and a combination of 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rears, among other features.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette coupe features a 430-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, traction control, limited-slip rear differential, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), side-impact airbags, xenon headlamps, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack, SiriusXM satellite radio, OnStar, color-keyed removable roof panel, dual-zone air conditioning, Driver Information Center (DIC), keyless access with push-button starter, leather seats, 6-way power driver's seat, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and 18- and 19-inch front and rear alloy wheels, respectively. The Corvette Grand Sport adds wider fenders, special wheels, revised suspension settings, Z06-style front splitter and rear spoiler, larger brakes and specific manual transmission gear ratios. (Specific rear-axle ratios are available on automatic-transmission models.) The Z06 adds a race-inspired 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V8, revised front end, wider rear fenders, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear 10-spoke wheels and a track-inspired suspension. The ZR1 brings a 638-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and a 205-mph top speed.

Optional Equipment

Options include a paddle-shift 6-speed automatic transmission, Head-Up Display (HUD), Bose audio with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Turn-by-Turn and DVD navigation, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, dual-mode exhaust system, transparent roof panels and polished alloy wheels. Also available is the Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package, which adds padded door armrests, custom embroidery on the dash and headrests and two-tone leather-wrapped pieces to the upper and lower instrument panel, door pads and seats. A new Chevrolet Centennial Edition package is similar to the Leather package, but includes suede-like inserts and custom Carbon Flash Metallic paint. The Corvette Z06 offers a number of performance enhancement options including the Z07 Performance Package which adds Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, larger Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure track-ready tires Performance Traction Management and 20-spoke wheels (19-inch front and 20-inch rear). The CFZ Carbon Fiber Package includes a black carbon fiber splitter and a ZR1-style full-width rear spoiler.

Under the Hood

Although there is no denying the pleasure a 430-horsepower (436 horsepower with the optional dual-mode exhaust) V8 delivers, with the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette has a certain lack of refinement. The 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8 feels gruff at idle and roars loudly when pressed into action. It's a purely American feel that instantly takes one back to the late 1960's muscle car era. Porsche and Jaguar lovers will probably never like this engine, but they can't easily overlook its tremendous performance potential, either. The Z06's 7.0-liter V8 pushes the level of performance and refinement into the realm of the European supercars. The Corvette ZR1's supercharger allows its 6.2-liter V8 to produce an incredible 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque.

6.2-liter V8
430 horsepower @ 5,900 rpm (436 with optional exhaust)
424 lb-ft of torque @ 4.600 rpm (428 with optional exhaust)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26 (manual), 15/25 (automatic)

7.0-liter V8
505 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24

6.2-liter supercharged V8
638 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
604 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21

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2012 Chevrolet Corvette Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 670 Ratings for the 2005 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

This special edition 100th Year Z o6

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This special edition Zo6 100 year is a dream to drive. I am very lucky to be living in Germany, as you all know some places have NO speed limite so driving a 150 plus miles an hour is a dream. My car is a crowd pleaser the Germans love it. I have smoked a lot of cars I.e Porsches, Ferraris Bmws and Mercedes. The only time I got smoked was by a Lamborghini Aventador.No brainier their. I hope you lik it. Tony."

Not a real sports car

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great handling, good looks, fun to drive"

Cons: "Poor electrical, expensive to maintain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I transitioned from a C5 Z06 to a C6 convertible with automatic for health reasons. The transmission kills this car. The six-speed automatic is slow to shift under power, slow to downshift when you need it most and seems to be constantly shifting under normal driving conditions. Build quality is OK at best and the electronic interlocks will drive you crazy. It's a beautiful car and you'll get lots of interest and comments from people, but be prepared, owning a Vette is not like owning a Camry, you'll be busy keeping it road worthy."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Like new but better.

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great running & dependable, looks new."

Cons: "Wife will be jealous of your love for the car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this Corvette new in 05. After 8 years I sold it to my best friend and now I am buying it back.I installed the STS Twin Turbo System at 8000 miles, ( 2008 ) Car has withstood the test of time, has always been dependable, great gas mileage, if you can stay off the gas pedal, has 570 Rear Wheel Horsepower, ( Have Dyno Sheets ) and is just as fast as a new Z06 Corvette. Chevy did not offer a Z06 Corvette but this Vette has a Z06 trans and rear installed in 2009. Car is a 'Sleeper' in every sense."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this car!!!

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "BANG FOR BUCK, Fun,Sporty,SOUND,low price"

Cons: "seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The car itself drives very well. The tires are super sticky and accelerating throws you back into your seat and keeps you there. Also the sound, ITS AMAZING!!! Especially accelerating, even idle sounds magnificent. Finally, the traction control is very good. The only downside to this car is the seats they are a little flimsy but if you buy a nice corvette seat cover they are actually very good."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

incredable...love the GS package...great car

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "it's like eating chocolate cake, awesome!"

Cons: "seats could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Only one flaw, the seats are flimsy compared to the 2014 or C7 Corvettes. They say the interior is plastic in appearance I like it."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Awesome car and extremely fun to drive

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fund to drive and just plain sexy to look at."

Cons: "Popping top but its an easy fix."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Sexy beast

"I've always wanted a Corvette and fell in love the C6 Corvette. I finally got the opportunity to buy one and I jumped on it. 6 speed manual is just a blast to drive. The LS2 Engine is a beast and when its time to up grade another Corvette will fill the void for sure. The only draw back is the top popping at times in turns but I have did some research and its an easy fix with inexpensive O-rings, I just need to buy some. The paint quality on the car is exceptional."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Sexy beast

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