2012 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$49,600-$111,600
$45,136-$104,346
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What's New for 2012:
- Special Centennial edition
- New seats with larger bolsters
- New Bose sound system
- Upgraded steering wheel
- Other interior redesigns

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is offered as a hatchback coupe or convertible sports car, and is available in six models: Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport Coupe, Grand Sport Convertible, performance-oriented Z06, and ultra-high-performance ZR1. The Coupe and Convertible models come in four trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT. The base 1LT trim features 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels, limited-slip differential, automatic Xenon headlights, fog lights, keyless ignition and entry, removable roof panel (for the Coupe models) and a manual-folding soft top (for the Convertible models). Upper trims add such enhancements as a power-folding soft top, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, and various styling touches. The Z06 and ZR1 models add a long list of performance enhancements.

Interior Features
The Corvette's 1LT trim includes leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, power accessories, and a 7-speaker sound system. Upper trims add Bluetooth connectivity, touch-screen navigation system, upgraded sound system, more power features, upgraded upholstery with faux suede seat inserts, and other styling upgrades.

Optional Features
An adaptive suspension is available on all Corvette trims, as is dual-mode exhaust. The Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition--which includes an adaptive suspension, red and black wheels, and special black body paint--is available with the 3LT and 4LT trims.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is offered with one of three engines. The standard power plant is a 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 430 horsepower. The Z06 model is fitted with a 7.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 505 horsepower. The ZR1 features a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering 638 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual; however, a 6-speed automatic is optional on all but the high-performance models. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all Corvettes.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette are:
- Corvette Coupe/Convertible with manual transmission: 16/26/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Corvette Z06: 15/24/18 mpg
- Corvette ZR1: 14/20/16 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette include anti-lock brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have conducted crash tests on the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette.


What's New for 2012:
- Special Centennial edition
- New seats with larger bolsters
- New Bose sound system
- Upgraded steering wheel
- Other interior redesigns

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is offered as a hatchback coupe or convertible sports car, and is available in six models: Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport Coupe, Grand Sport Convertible, performance-oriented Z06, and ultra-high-performance ZR1. The Coupe and Convertible models come in four trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT. The base 1LT trim features 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels, limited-slip differential, automatic Xenon headlights, fog lights, keyless ignition and entry, removable roof panel (for the Coupe models) and a manual-folding soft top (for the Convertible models). Upper trims add such enhancements as a power-folding soft top, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, and various styling touches. The Z06 and ZR1 models add a long list of performance enhancements.

Interior Features
The Corvette's 1LT trim includes leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, power accessories, and a 7-speaker sound system. Upper trims add Bluetooth connectivity, touch-screen navigation system, upgraded sound system, more power features, upgraded upholstery with faux suede seat inserts, and other styling upgrades.

Optional Features
An adaptive suspension is available on all Corvette trims, as is dual-mode exhaust. The Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition--which includes an adaptive suspension, red and black wheels, and special black body paint--is available with the 3LT and 4LT trims.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is offered with one of three engines. The standard power plant is a 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 430 horsepower. The Z06 model is fitted with a 7.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 505 horsepower. The ZR1 features a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering 638 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual; however, a 6-speed automatic is optional on all but the high-performance models. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all Corvettes.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette are:
- Corvette Coupe/Convertible with manual transmission: 16/26/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Corvette Z06: 15/24/18 mpg
- Corvette ZR1: 14/20/16 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette include anti-lock brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have conducted crash tests on the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette.


Available Trims for the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name w/1LT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 49600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name w/2LT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 49600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name w/3LT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 49600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name w/4LT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 49600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z16 Grand Sport w/1LT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 56000.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z16 Grand Sport w/2LT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 56000.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z16 Grand Sport w/3LT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 56000.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z16 Grand Sport w/4LT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 56000.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z06 w/1LZ (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 75600.00 Engine 7.0L/427.2 City/Hwy MPG 15/24
Name Z06 w/2LZ (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 75600.00 Engine 7.0L/427.2 City/Hwy MPG 15/24
Name Z06 w/3LZ (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 75600.00 Engine 7.0L/427.2 City/Hwy MPG 15/24
Name ZR1 w/1ZR (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 111600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 0/0
Name ZR1 w/3ZR (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 111600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 0/0
Name w/1LT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 54600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name w/2LT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 54600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name w/3LT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 54600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name w/4LT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 54600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z16 Grand Sport w/1LT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 59600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z16 Grand Sport w/2LT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 59600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z16 Grand Sport w/3LT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 59600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z16 Grand Sport w/4LT (2dr Conv) Transmission Automatic MSRP 59600.00 Engine 6.2L/378.3 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
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INTERIOR
  • 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
  • Head-Up Display with dot-matrix readouts for street mode, track mode with g-meter, vehicle speed, engine rpm and readings from key gauges including water temperature and oil pressure
  • Cargo net and luggage shade
  • Seats, Sport front bucket with perforated leather seating surfaces includes back angle adjustment, adjustable lumbar and side bolsters
  • Seat adjusters, power bolster and power lumbar
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Steering column, power telescopic with manual tilt
  • Memory Package, recalls 2 driver "presets" for 6-way power seat, outside mirrors and telescoping steering column
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable, located on driver visor
  • Custom Leather Wrapped Interior Package features leather-wrapped upper instrument panel, upper door trim panels and console storage cover. Exclusive leather color and two-tone design with suede inserts includes seat headrest crossed flag embroidery and enhanced armrest padding. Special gunmetal pattern console trim plate
  • Storage, with lockable glovebox, center console and 2 rear compartments with covers (Only includes 1 rear storage compartment with manual transmission.)
  • Seats, front bucket with perforated leather seating surfaces embroidery and contrasting stitching
  • Storage, with lockable glovebox and center console (Also includes 1 rear storage compartment with cover)
  • Seats, Sport front bucket with perforated leather seating surfaces includes back angle adjustment, adjustable lumbar, side bolsters, embroidery and contrasting stitching
  • Custom Leather Wrapped Interior Package features leather-wrapped upper instrument panel, upper door trim panels and console storage cover. Exclusive leather color and two-tone design with suede inserts includes seat headrest model-specific embroidery and enhanced armrest padding. Special gunmetal pattern console trim plate
  • Storage, with lockable glovebox and center console
  • Trunk release, push button open
  • Cargo net, in rear compartment area
EXTERIOR
  • 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
  • Wheels, Grand Sport Silver painted aluminum 18" x 9.5" (45.7 cm x 24.1 cm) front and 19" x 12" (48.3 cm x 30.48 cm) rear
  • Tires, front P275/35ZR18 Eagle F1 Supercar and rear P325/30ZR19 Eagle F1 Supercar run flat
  • Wheels, spider design, Z06 Silver-painted aluminum 18" x 9.5" (45.7 cm x 24.1 cm) front and 19" x 12" (48.3 cm x 30.48 cm) rear
  • Tires, Eagle F1 Supercar GEN2
  • Z06 carbon fiber components includes body-color unique front fenders and floor panels
  • Wheels, ZR1 silver painted aluminum 19" x 10" (48.3 cm x 25.4 cm) front and 20" x 12" (50.8 cm x 30.48 cm) rear
  • Tires, front P285/30ZR19 Michelin PS2 and rear P335/25ZR20 Michelin PS2 run flat
  • ZR1 carbon fiber components includes roof, roof bow, front splitter and rocker extension with visible clear-coated carbon fiber weave pattern plus body-color dual front cove fenders, floor panel and raised hood with window
  • Spoiler, full-width, ZR1-style (Deleted when (PDE) ZR1 High Performance Package is ordered)
  • Convertible top, manual folding includes glass rear window with integral defogger
  • Convertible top, power folding includes glass rear window with integral defogger
MECHANICAL
  • 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
  • Transmission, 6-speed manual, short-throw includes launch control, specific gearing and quicker ratios
  • Rear axle, 3.42 ratio, limited slip (Included and only available with (MZ6) 6-speed manual transmission.)
  • Performance Package includes dry sump oil system, rear-mounted battery and differential cooler (Deleted when (MYC) 6-speed paddle shift, automatic transmission is ordered.)
  • Calipers, Silver
  • Engine, 7.0L (427 ci) LS7 V8 SFI with dry sump oil system (505 hp [376.6 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 470 lb-ft of torque [634.5 N-m] @ 4800 rpm)
  • Rear axle, 3.42 ratio, limited slip
  • Frame, aluminum
  • Calipers, Red
  • Exhaust, dual-mode aluminized stainless-steel with 4" polished stainless- steel tips
  • Engine, 6.2L (376 ci) supercharged V8 SFI with dry sump oil system (638 hp [475.7 kW] @ 6500 rpm, 604 lb-ft of torque [815.4 N-m] @ 3800 rpm)
  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control for ultimate driver control and comfort through the use of driver-selected Tour or Sport modes; includes Performance Traction Management
PACKAGE
  • Z16 Performance Package, performance-oriented package for the Gymkhana/Autocross enthusiast; includes extra cooling, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, specific shock absorbers, larger brakes with 6 piston front and 4 piston rear cross-drilled rotors, specific tires and Z16-specific 6-speed manual when ordered with 6-speed manual transmission or (GU2) performance axle ratio with 6-speed paddle shift automatic
  • Z06 Performance Package, 4-wheel independent includes transverse composite springs, power steering, engine oil, axle and transmission coolers, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, specific shock absorbers, larger brakes with 6- piston front and 4-piston rear cross-drilled rotors and specific tires
  • ZR1 Performance Package, 4-wheel independent includes transverse composite springs, power steering, engine oil, axle and transmission coolers, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, larger Brembo ceramic brakes with cross-drilled rotors and specific tires
SAFETY
  • 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
  • Performance Traction Management performance traction control with 5 selectable settings
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 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
  • Antenna, integral, hidden
  • Audio system with navigation, AM/FM stereo with CD player, MP3 playback and DVD-based touch-screen navigation USB port, auxiliary input jack, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock, 6.5" LCD color display and voice recognition.
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium 9-speaker system includes additional 9 months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio service (1 year total)
  • 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. (3 trial months replaced with 1-year subscription. 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.
  • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface), with specific steering wheel controls

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