In 1953, I Love Lucy was a major hit, and color televisions were approved for sale. That year also saw the first model of the Chevy Corvette. In the past seventy years, much like Lucy, the Corvette has come to hold a special place in American culture. The Corvette is the first head-turning car many of us see. Throughout its history, the quintessential American sports car has undergone several designs and redesigns to keep up with the times. For the 2023 Chevy Corvette, you can once again expect a car that is high performing and stylish.
However, high performance doesn't need to mean there is an equally high price tag. That's another part of the appeal of the Corvette; the cost remains affordable. This has allowed the Corvette to build a legacy of being an attainable dream car. It's the car some seek out and work hard for early in life. For some, it's the ultimate retirement car. For many gearheads, it is a lifelong obsession. No matter what draws you to the Corvette, chances are it holds your attention once it has it.
Chevy has always given high priority to design, performance, and innovation. This is prevalent all over the Chevrolet lineup, and the 2023 Chevy Corvette is no different. The classic silhouette of the Corvette is unmistakable. However, the 2023 Corvette leans into its exotic mid-engine configuration with well-placed angles on the body that produce a truly beautiful car. However, it's not just about sight. Often, it's a toss-up as to whether you see or hear a Corvette first.
A V8 engine that sounds exactly as powerful as it is has become an impressive hallmark of the Corvette. Each year, Chevy fine-tunes its engineering to create an amazing driving experience. For the eighth-generation of the Corvette, this meant changing the physical location of the engine. At the same time, innovation is also happening elsewhere. Efforts to keep the driver connected and safe help match the overall high-performing nature of the car. Over the years, this attention to detail paired with ambition has made the Corvette hard to beat in any category for drivers.
2023 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Chevy Corvette. The 2023 Corvette is available in coupe or convertible. There are three trims of the 2023 Corvette: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. The exterior features the familiar look of the Corvette, and the long and wide body that is low to the ground still keeps its classic appeal in the modern era. For 2023 there is a collection of available wheel designs, along with a wide variety of exterior colors, racing stripes, and other aesthetic upgrades.
As a special celebration for this model year, there is the 70th Anniversary Special Edition which builds upon the features of the 3LT. It includes a selection of new 20-spoke wheel designs. The 70th Anniversary Special Edition has exclusive unique color options––White Pearl Metallic Tricoat and Carbon Flash metallic––both of which have racing stripes available. This seven-decade celebratory edition also features a white leather interior with red stitching and red seat belts. You will get special 70th Anniversary exterior and interior badging. Each 70th Anniversary car also comes with a unique VIN and plaque to commemorate your piece of history.
The interior of the 2023 Corvette shows off a look that is well-suited for performance. Much like previous Corvette models, the roof of the Coupe can be manually removed and stored in the trunk. Speaking of the trunk, there are actually two––one in the front and one in the back. This means there is adequate room for luggage if you're looking to take your Corvette on an overnight trip. This two-seater, which features high-quality leather and suede, should not be underestimated when it comes to comfort. The driving experience is made better by a large infotainment screen and a 12-inch instrument gauge, both angled toward the driver. Each trim also has its own special features. The 2LT adds a 14-speaker Bose sound system and heated and ventilated seats. Selecting the 3LT adds sueded microfiber upper interior trim and a leather-wrapped instrument panel, door trim panels, and console.
One hugely updated aspect of the current Chevy Corvette is engine location. The engine now rests behind the passenger compartment as opposed to in front. The engine is a 6.2L V8 with 490 hp standard, and it is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Z51 Performance Package adds a performance exhaust which will get you another five hp. In addition to the extra power, the Z51 option also includes Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and Brembo brakes that are tuned to be more aggressive. Speed has always been the name of the game when it comes to the Corvette, and the 2023 model with the Z51 Performance Package is no different, with zero to 60 mph acceleration being a more than impressive 2.9 seconds.
The change in engine location and layout for the C8 generation presents the Corvette and drivers with positive results. The engine's new placement is behind, as opposed to in front of, the passenger compartment. This gives the vehicle more weight over the rear axle, dramatically improving acceleration and handling. The 2023 Corvette engine also keeps the signature groan, partly due to the quad exhaust system by Chevy.
The car's braking system featuring Brembo calipers is also first-rate. Available with the Z51 Performance Package is larger rotors for the front and back. The larger rotors give your Corvette enhanced stopping power and high-performance braking at high Speed. For suspension, the Corvette also gets high marks. Magnetic Selective Ride Control is available. This advanced feature allows you to adjust the Corvette's suspension for responsiveness and rigidity. Also available is a front lift with memory, which will give you an easier time trying to maneuver over obstacles in your daily life by allowing you to program specific locations where the vehicle needs a bit more ground clearance. Chevy has managed to fit new performance features into the Corvette while refining previous ones to make one of the best sports cars ever.
Chevy's 2023 Corvette comes equipped with a variety of useful tech, infotainment, and driver-assistance features. The heart of the experience is the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system. This includes your eight-inch high-definition touchscreen to stay connected to the rest of your world, plus more. To begin with, the system supports AM, FM, HD, and SiriusXM radio with a standard 10-speaker Bose system that has amazing quality to match. If you are more of a streamer, then you will most likely appreciate the Bluetooth connectivity along with wireless Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto compatibility.
Not to be left out is Alexa. The Amazon virtual assistant is also available for access from your Corvette. Remote start is exactly the kind of technology that you'll appreciate Chevy including when the weather isn't too great. When you need information about the vehicle in a rush, Chevy is also doing its best to put that information at your fingertips. There is a 12-inch driver information panel that can be viewed in several different modes, and the gauges that are shown can be personalized to display what is most important to you.
The 2023 Corvette is equipped with several safety features to give you confidence and peace of mind whenever you're in your vehicle. Standard safety features for the 2023 Corvette include run-flat tires designed to help you avoid getting stranded on the side of the road. Also standard is Rear Park Assist, which will help you avoid objects behind the car while backing up. The available options begin with additional cameras to view your surroundings, including HD front and rear vision cameras. Available driver-assist features such as Side Blind Zone Alert warn you when vehicles are in your blind spot, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert provides invaluable protection. To keep all the information about your drive in front of you, Chevy has made a Head-Up Display available for the Corvette.