A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevrolet Corvette is an American original that has stood the test of time. With the 2012 version, you’ll discover improved handling and horsepower that delivers the superior performance you’ve come to expect from this icon. With options as low as $50,000 up to $100,000 there is a price point and features to match most budgets.

Key Features

Whether you need an adrenaline rush from the 430 to 638 horsepower, or you love the nostalgia, the 2012 Corvette packs quite the punch. Add in the base suspension package, Magnetic Ride control and the Performance Package and you have everything you might want in your new ride.

Changes for 2012

For those of you who have bemoaned the upholstery in previous models, you’ll enjoy the nonslip interior that’s finally been added to the base and Grand Sport trims. There have also been upgrades to the armrests and center console. The Bose sound system also gets a boost with two additional tweeters and nine speakers. The Z06 model, however, shines the most with Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires to add more grip under all that power, which according to Chevy equates to allowing it to corner at 1.1 G, and Performance Traction Management that offers increased stability.

What We Like

Numerous high-tech performance enhancements, a six-speed transmission and push button start all combine to create a car that you will love driving, no matter where you’re headed. The improved interior, along with an updated exterior all equate to a must-have ride.

What Concerns Us

If you’re accustomed to the foreign or Italian sports cars, the interior of the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette will leave much to be desired. Additionally, be prepared for serious cockpit noise and heat, which is something most expect with this car.

Available Models

The base 2012 Chevrolet Corvette features a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 that delivers 436 horsepower and 428 ft-lb of torque, the C6 Z06 offers a 7.0 liter LS7 V8 with 505 horsepower and 470 ft-lb of torque, the Grand Sport comes in with 430 horsepower and 424 ft-lb of torque, and the ZR1 delivers an impressive 638 horsepower and 604 ft-lb of torque.

Major Recalls

There has been one major recall issued for the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette. On some Coupe models, the rear hatch hinges fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and may not withstand the load requirements set forth in those standards. During a crash, this could cause an increased risk of injury.

Common Issues

The most common issues reported for this vehicle are due to the seatbelt connector fraying and the air bag light staying on.

Chevrolet Corvette 2012 interior


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