The Environmental Protection Agency has published revised fuel economy numbers for the 2022 Corvette Stingray.
The 2022 Corvette Stingray has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. The 2021 Corvette, for comparison, had an EPA fuel economy rating of 15 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.
|Model Year||City MPG||Highway MPG||Combined MPG|
- Ratings based on Corvette Stingray equipped with Z51 Performance Package.
The reason for the drop in highway fuel economy is due to the popularity of the Z51performance package, explained Trevor Thompkins, Car, Performance and Motorsports Communications for Chevrolet.
“The EPA fuel economy numbers are based on which package is most popular. For 2021, Corvette Stingrays equipped with Z51 accounted for nearly 70 percent of Corvettes sold, because our customers are looking for the highest level of performance,” Thompson said in an emailed statement. “Due to [the] success of the Z51 package, we will be reporting model year 2022 EPA fuel economy numbers based on the Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray’s results – 16 city, 24 highway and 19 combined. These numbers are 3 MPG lower on the highway than 2020 and 2021 Corvettes because fuel economy for those model years were drawn from non-Z51 Stingrays.”
“The 2022 Corvette Stingray shows a 1 MPG gain in the city even with Z51 included because all 2022 Corvettes feature an upgraded direct injection fuel system, improved engine calibration and an enhanced Active Fuel Management range,” he added.
In short, this means highway fuel economy has actually remained the same, but the new, lower number is based on the Z51-equipped model instead of the base model. If the base model was used to get EPA fuel economy figures, the highway fuel economy rating would remain the same.
We covered the engine calibration changes for the 6.2L LT2 V8 in a previous article. The changes include modified engine management software, along with revisions to the fuel delivery and active fuel management systems. These changes were made to ensure the mid-engine sports car is able to meet increasingly stringent EPA emissions and fuel economy standards. Just like for 2021, the 2022 Corvette Stingray is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional Performance Exhaust system.
Production of the 2022 Corvette Stingray began on September 6th, 2021. In addition to the aforementioned engine updates, the 2022MY also introduces a new C8.R GTLM Championship Edition, which celebrates Corvette Racing’s championship-winning 2020 IMSA season with Corvette C8.R-inspired graphics and other exclusive equipment. Additionally, the Zeus Bronze Metallic, Shadow Gray Metallic, and Sebring Orange Tintcoat colors will be indirectly replaced by Hypersonic Gray Metallic, Amplify Orange Tintcoat, and Caffeine Metallic. The car has also dropped the Pewter painted wheel option and added a new available low profile rear spoiler.