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The 2018 Corvette: Continuing Chevy’s Legendary Legacy

Posted at Thu, Nov 30, 2017 12:00 AM

When designer Harley Earl dreamed up his racy concept car and unveiled the first Corvette at GM’s Motorama in 1953, he laid the foundation for a long legacy of racing performance for America’s favorite homegrown two-seater. This year, Corvette engineers faced the incredible challenge of making the outstanding 2017 Corvette even better, following up on the previous Vette’s owner satisfaction rating of “excellent.”

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at Dimmitt Chevrolet in Clearwater, FL.

2018 Corvette Z06 – Photo: Chevrolet.com

And boy, did they succeed. When it comes to blending performance and luxury, the new Corvette is certain to be a club favorite with even the most demanding high-performance drivers. Here’s what’s going on with the latest 2018 Corvette, which is available for sale and lease today at our Chevy dealership near Tampa Bay.

460 HP: Incredible Acceleration Once Again

Corvette owners are members of an exclusive club, demanding nothing less than driving excellence. Lucky for them, the heart of the 2018 Corvette is the mighty 6.2L V-8 engine. With 460 hp available on demand, you’re not just stepping on the gas—you’re lighting the afterburners for incredible 0-to-60 mph acceleration in 3.7 seconds.

But the 2018 Corvette driver isn’t flying solo behind the wheel. Active Rev Matching sends a signal from the seven-speed manual transmission to the engine controller for optimal rpm control, eliminating the need for heel/toe shifting. Those looking for even more emphasis on a luxury driving mode would do well with the Corvette’s 8-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters), which is available and eliminates manual shifting altogether.

Standard Corvette High Performance

With the 2018 Corvette’s 460-hp engine under the hood, you need the best available traction and racing suspension to keep that rocket pointed where you want it to go, plus the stopping power for precision cornering.

  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires give your Corvette the necessary racing grip it needs.
  • Lightweight aluminum frame parts and composite carbon-nano under-panels result in a highly improved power-weight ratio (nearly 50/50 balance).
  • High-Performance Brembo brakes are standard, providing superb braking at all speeds, as well as optimal cornering capability.

3LT with Z51 Performance Package: The Ultimate Corvette Driving Experience

When the focus is on performance, the Z51 Performance package upgrade is available for both Corvette coupes and convertibles. 

  • Performance Exhaust – Four-inch polished stainless steel tips enhance an already high-performance exhaust system. The 2018 Z51 Corvette gains an aggressive roar as well as a boost in production from the 460-hp V-8 engine.
  • Battery Protection Package - Many Corvette owners keep their cherished Stingrays at low mileage, saving them for special weekend drives around St. Pete or Tampa. The Battery Protection package ensures that the battery is maintained at the optimal charge, even when the Corvette has been stored for long periods of time. The maintenance device plugs into a 12-volt port in the cargo area, allowing for the use of any convenient 115V outlet at the power supply end. This makes it the perfect accessory for long-term parking situations, such as when you’re leaving it in your Tampa Bay vacation home for a season.
  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control with Performance Traction Management - Performance mode can be adjusted from the cockpit using the 2018 Corvette’s Driver Mode Selector. The suspension can be stiffened for high-performance driving and challenging turning conditions without sacrificing the smooth ride. Five torque-reduction settings and brake interventions work together to provide maximum traction at all performance levels.
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) - ELSD is the copilot every driver needs at high speeds. The system precisely adjusts differential engagement, enhancing high-speed control, and is especially effective for evasive maneuvering. Stability and control are maintained without affecting turn-in or the driver’s steering precision.

2018 Chevy Corvette interior - Dimmitt Chevrolet

2018 Corvette Grand Sport – Photo: Chevrolet.com

High-End Technology Inside

Whenever a Corvette is the topic of discussion, it's easy to focus on driving performance, but we can't forget about the newest technology inside. With the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette, available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi lets you take the internet on the road with you. Apple CarPlay or Android Auto can be integrated seamlessly with your smartphone. Chevrolet MyLink infotainment and the colorful touchscreen display makes it easy to send and receive text messages and play music over the Premium Bose audio system. When you’re in the cabin, you’ll always have a source of entertainment.

Shop New Corvettes at Our Chevy Dealership near Tampa

At Dimmitt Chevrolet, we know the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is the standard of performance, and we've got the new Corvettes available for you to take a test drive. Proudly serving customers in Tampa and St. Petersburg, we’d be proud to show you why the new Chevy Corvette should be in your driveway.

Contact our Chevrolet sales team at (727) 216-2811 or stop by our Clearwater Chevy dealership 25485 US Highway 19 N to view our lineup of new Corvette models for sale and lease. In addition to the sporty Vette, we also have some of the best new Chevy specials and used cars in Tampa, FL. Shop and save at Dimmitt Chevrolet!

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