After a major redesign in 2014 and several crucial updates last year, the Corvette receives only minor changes for 2016. They include new optional design packages, along with a newly available front parking camera for some high-end trim levels.
Which Corvette is the Best?
The 2LT is the sweet spot, adding desirable luxuries such as power side bolsters without inflating the price to 3LT levels. As for the Z51 package, it's up to you, but we'd have a hard time saying no to all that extra performance for $5,000. As for the Z06, it's primarily meant for high-performance driving and track use, and that means it'll be hard to pilot every single day. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale
How Much Does a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Cost?
The Corvette is a 2-seat sports car offered in coupe (with a removable carbon-fiber roof panel) and soft-top convertible body styles. Chevrolet offers standard models in three trim levels, 1LT, 2LT and 3LT, while the Z06 is offered in one trim.
The 1LT coupe ($56,400) and 1LT convertible ($60,400) come standard with staggered-size alloy wheels (18-inch fronts, 19-in rears), a carbon-fiber hood, keyless entry with push-button start, leather upholstery, power seats, two 8-in color displays (one in the gauge cluster and one on the dashboard), a rearview camera and a 9-speaker Bose audio system with iPod/Bluetooth integration and satellite radio.
The 2LT coupe ($60,900) and 2LT convertible ($64,900) add color-matched console and door panels, heated and ventilated seats with memory settings and additional power adjustments (lumbar and side bolsters), Corvette seat emblems, a universal garage-door opener, auto-dimming mirrors, a color head-up display, a 10-speaker Bose audio system with dual subwoofers, a cargo net and a luggage shade (coupe only).
The 3LT coupe ($66,100) and 3LT convertible ($70,100) tack on a full-leather interior with Nappa leather seating surfaces, a navigation system (optional on lower trims) and a color-matched instrument panel.
Topping the range is the impressive Z06 ($80,400 for the coupe; $84,400 for the convertible), which adds an impressive array of sporty equipment. There's the bigger 650-hp engine, but there's also improved suspension, upgraded tires, a carbon-fiber roof panel and improved cooling measures for enhanced track capabilities.
The popular Z51 package ($5,000 extra) adds bigger wheels (19-in fronts, 20-in rears) with Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP summer tires, a dry-sump oil system, an electronic limited-slip differential, more aggressive gearing, bigger front brakes (13.6-in discs versus 12.6-in discs), sport-tuned suspension components and lift-reducing aerodynamic tweaks.
Other notable options include adaptive magnetic-ride dampers with a track-oriented stability control system (Z51 only), sport seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, a suede steering wheel and a transparent roof panel (coupe only). Newly available for 2016 is a front parking camera, which is helpful given the Corvette's long nose and low ground clearance.
The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a back-up camera, GM's OnStar system and four airbags (front and side). A front parking camera is newly optional for 2016. Due to its low production volume, the Corvette has not yet been crash-tested by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2016 Chevrolet Corvette vs the competition
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 -- The 526-hp Shelby GT350 looks to give the Corvette a major run for its money when it comes out later this year. Although we haven't driven it, we love the regular Mustang GT, so we have high hopes for the Shelby version.
2016 Dodge Viper -- The attention-grabbing Viper is as outlandish as ever, though its high cost and edgy character limit its appeal.
2016 Porsche Cayman -- Considerably smaller than the Corvette, the Cayman boasts ultraprecise handling and exceptional engine refinement. It's not nearly as fast, however, even in S trim.
Used Porsche 911 -- If you like the Corvette but want a little more refinement, consider a 911. Pricing is high, so you may want to look at a used model, and while the 911 won't be as fast as the 'Vette, it offers a smoother, slicker package.
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