Chevrolet brings the C8 Corvette Stingray to the Philippines

Published November 25, 2021, 4:49 PM

by Inigo Roces

The daily-driver supercar

America’s homegrown supercar is now on Philippine soil ready to challenge the establishment at a fraction of the price.

Long anticipated, Chevrolet finally fulfills its long-term promise of introducing the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette – the 2022 Corvette Stingray Coupe.

The 2022 Corvette (C8) Stingray Coupe is the first-ever mid-engine Corvette (as opposed to its former front-engine configuration), designed from the ground up to offer performance and exhilaration comparable to Italy and Germany’s best supercars.

Aeronautical design

The Stingray is a bold, futuristic expression of design, being lean and muscular with an athletic sculptural shape. The new location of the engine is the focal point for the car’s design, as such designers have showcased it like a jewel, visible through the large rear hatch window.

True to its aeronautical and racing roots, the 2022 Corvette Stingray Coupe sports a canopy-forward stance, this time inspired by the more modern F22 and F35 fighter jets and Formula One racing. This creates a distinctive face,  a classic horizontal crease, aggressive front fenders, and familiar positioning of the dual-element headlamps.

Towards the side are completely hidden door, hood and hatch releases to maintain the purity of design. Large side air intakes allow for engine cooling and aerodynamic performance. The large rear hatch that showcases the engine with seven air vents.

Towards the back are quad exhaust tips located on the vehicle’s outboard ends. Drivers behind will see the dual-element LED taillamps with animated turn signals.

The same care has been put into the interior with a cockpit further forward that envelops the driver. Vertical climate controls and ultra-thin vents minimize the height of the instrument panel, creating a low, spacious interior. The new, squared-off, two-spoke, small-diameter steering wheel provides an unobscured view of the 12-inch reconfigurable cluster display.

The upholstery boasts of premium materials executed at a high level of quality and craftsmanship. Examples of these are the hand-wrapped, cut-and-sew leather components with thick press stitching. Stainless steel speaker grilles with Bose Performance Series audio system, and carbon fiber trim on the GT2 Bucket Type Seats.

Built around the engine

Powering the Corvette Stingray Coupe is Chevy’s next-generation 6.2-liter small block V8 LT2 engine. It is the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. When equipped with performance exhaust, it will produce 474 horsepower and 613 Nm of torque — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

As such, Corvette has made it easy for proud owners to show off this engineering marvel. It’s covered by a lightweight, 3.2mm-thick glass panel on the rear hatch, featuring a cantilevered trailing edge to evacuate heat. Every part, including the exhaust system’s wires, tubes, routing fasteners, coolant hoses, exhaust manifold, and even the bolts and fasteners, were built with appearance in mind.

This engine is paired with Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It provides lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfer. Designed with TREMEC, it returns a spirited, direct connected feeling of a manual and the premium driving comfort of an automatic.

Engineers set it up with a very low first gear for additional traction, and close-ratios for gears 2 through 6 for track enjoyment. Tall seventh and eighth gears make for easy long-distance cruising with low mechanical stress and excellent fuel economy.

With its electric shifter, there’s no mechanical interface between the shift lever and the transmission. It simply incorporates two pull toggles for Reverse and Drive and push buttons for Park, Neutral, and Low/Manual. This allows it to be more compact and attractive than a standard shifter.

Exceptional performance

The Corvette isn’t just for show, it’s got the go. It boasts of a 0-100 kph time of 3.55 seconds and under three seconds when equipped with Z51 Performance Package.

The Corvette’s structure was designed to be light but stiff, built around its backbone: the center tunnel. The tunnel-dominant approach offers improved torsional rigidity with a solid, connected feel on both the road and track, excellent stability and a low center of gravity, and offer enough rigidity for a removable roof panel. It also makes getting in and out easier without oversized structural supports.

The tunnel houses the power train, bringing the crankshaft and transaxle lower to the ground. The powertrain’s low position enables a low center of gravity for optimal handling.

Thanks to its mid-engine configuration, the driver is close to the center of gravity, enhancing the feeling of responsiveness. Along with electronic steering, the chassis input and feedback is nearly instantaneous.

The vehicle also comes with launch control, eBoost brakes, an electronic limited slip differential, and a front splitter and open two-piece rear spoiler. To protect it, there’s front suspension lift that raises ground clearance by approximately 40mm in 2.8 seconds.

Customers that want the very best can avail of the Z51 Performance Package, which includes performance suspension with manually adjustable threaded spring seats, larger brake rotors, enhanced cooling, a specific axle ratio, front brake cooling inlets, and performance exhaust.

The more tech-inclined will be delighted by the industry-pioneering Performance Data Recorder with a high-definition resolution camera and a new in-vehicle user interface. Customers can record both circuit and point-to-point road courses. The PDR can be set to auto-record like a dashcam that starts a recording every time the Corvette is running or configured to only start when the car is set to Valet mode.

Daily-driver supercar

Despite the impressive performance figures, Chevrolet endeavored to create a supercar designed for superior ride comfort on the highway and well-balanced handling on the track.

It features coil-over dampers that create entirely new ride and handling characteristics. Customers can opt for the optional Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, electronic damping which reads the road and responds to provide a smooth or dynamic ride.

It comes with driver mode choices allowing drivers to tweak the feel of their Corvettes to their personal preference. The familiar Weather, Tour, Sport, and Track modes remain, and there are two new configurable modes.

The Corvette is fitted with a next-generation infotainment system with a higher resolution display. It has one-touch Bluetooth pairing with Near Field Communication, wireless charging, learn-as-you-go voice recognition, improved real-time traffic, and a 12-inch customizable instrument cluster tailored to all six driver modes.

For convenience, there are features like driver and passenger seat memory, and a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series system.

The all-new 2022 Corvette Stingray Coupe can be ordered on indent. It comes in five exterior colors — Torch Red, Arctic White, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic, Silver Flare Metallic, Hypersonic Gray Metallic, and a combination of Adrenaline Red/Jet Black Interiors. Its standard retail price is ₱9,915,888. Contact your nearest Chevrolet dealership for more information.

The Corvette comes with a five-year warranty, automatic enrollment to the 24/7 Chevrolet Roadside Assistance for three (3) years, and immediate access to the 24/7 Chevy Hotline for convenient vehicle service and ownership needs.