Over the next several days, GM Authority will be behind the wheel of this 2022 Corvette Stingray. The latest 2022 Corvette is the third model year of the eighth-generation sports car, which introduced an all-new mid-engine layout for the 2020 model year.
Production of the Chevy Corvette takes place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky. Providing the muscle is the mid-mounted, atmospheric 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which produces 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in standard trim, and 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the factory performance exhaust.
Our tester produces the latter, arriving on our doorstep with the factory performance exhaust included as part of the equipped Z51 Performance Package. As some GM Authority readers may recall, we tested a 2021 Corvette Stingray Coupe earlier this year that was also equipped with the factory performance exhaust. However, the ’21 tester did not feature the full Z51 Performance Package like our current ’22 tester.
As a reminder, the Z51 Performance Package is priced at $6,345, and in addition to the performance exhaust system, also includes a performance rear axle ratio, high-performance tires, a rear spoiler, upgraded suspension (ours also has Magnetic Selective Ride Control, an $1,895 option), an electronic limited-slip differential, upgraded brakes, and a heavy-duty cooling system.
Output is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Outside, our 2022 Corvette Stingray Coupe (a hardtop Convertible model is also offered) is covered in relatively understated Hypersonic Gray paint. Standard spec tosses in a body-color removable roof panel, power-heated sideview mirrors, and LED headlamps, while the 19-inch front, 20-inch rear 5 Trident Spoke Machined Face Sterling Silver Painted Aluminum wheels seen here are a $1,495 option.
This particular example is the mid-range 2LT trim level. Two doors provide ingress and egress, with two seats for passenger and driver. Speaking of the seats, this particular 2022 Corvette Stingray features upgraded Competition Sport Bucket seats, a $1,995 option, as well as carbon fiber interior trim, a $1,500 option, a sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel, a $595 option, and Torch Red seat belts, a $395 option. The equipped Engine Appearance Package is $995. The interior colorway is dubbed Sky Cool Gray.
Further optional extras include the Front Lift Adjustable Height Memory feature, priced at $2,260. The combined cost of all the optional equipment comes to $17,475.
Additional standout features equipped as standard with this model include an 8-inch diagonal touchscreen, Bose audio, a 12-inch driver display, keyless entry and vehicle start, and HD Front Camera and HD Rear Camera.
So, with all that covered, we have to ask – is there anything that you want to know about the 2022 Corvette Stingray? Post your questions in the comments, and we’ll reply as soon as possible.
Ready… set… go.