The 2012 Chevy Corvette: Timeless Performance

October 11th, 2015 by

If you want to drive an ageless ultimate performance machine, check out the car lots in Lexington, KY for a used or certified pre-owned 2012 Chevy Corvette.

Check out the specs below and see why this iconic muscle car defines performance, no matter its age…

The 2012 Chevy Corvette: A Timeless Legacy

New for the 2012 model year, Chevy redesigned the Corvette’s seats and enlarged the side bolsters. In addition, the bow-tied brand fitted the Corvette with a new steering wheel and made the armrests more plush with added padding. Crank the tunes courtesy of a newly available nine-speaker Bose sound system. As with earlier model years, there are plenty of customizations options and packages for the 2012 Corvette.

Available as a coupe or convertible, the entry-level Corvette and Grand Sport (GS) are further divided into sub-trims: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, and 4LT. The coupe-exclusive Z06 and Z91 have their own sub-trims, with a wealth of various performance features.

Starting with the entry-level Corvette and the Grand Sport, expect to drive a 6.2-liter V8 which generates 430 horsepower and 424 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is provided by the six-speed manual with launch control; however, you can opt for a six-speed automatic transmission. So equipped, the entry-level coupe zipped from zero to sixty mph in 4.5 seconds, according to performance testing done by Edmunds.

Operating with the same powertrain, the Grand Sport was quicker by 0.1 seconds, thanks to the available dual-mode exhaust system, which boosts the horsepower to 436 and the torque to 428 lb.-ft. With this drivetrain, the Corvette gets fuel efficiency rated at 16 city, 26 highway, and 19 mpg combined, which drops to 15 city, 26 highway, and 18 mpg combined if you choose the automatic transmission.

For optimal performance, the Z06 is outfitted with a 7.0-liter V8 engine, which produces a whopping 505 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. With this engine, the Z06 crushes the zero to sixty performance test in 3.9 seconds. Despite the enhanced performance, the fuel efficiency ratings remain solid at 15 city, 24 highway, and 18 mpg combined.

But, the power doesn’t top out there. Check out the ZR1, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, which roars with 638 horsepower and 604 lb.-ft. of torque. Even though it only returned a 0.1 second faster time than the Z06, behind the wheel, the feel is must faster. As far as fuel economy, the numbers drop a bit to 14 city, 20 highway, and 16 mpg combined. We couldn’t care less. After all, who drives a sports car for its fuel economy?

Even with all this muscle and power, the 2012 Corvette impressed the Edmunds team during brake testing, with the base model stopping from sixty mph in a respectable 118 feet, the Grand Sport and ZR1 between an outstanding 100 and 104 feet, and finally, the Z06 made the stop in a breathtaking 96 feet – practically a record-setter.

We can’t imagine a better way to “Find New Roads.”